Why is a young woman picking up male hitch-hikers along Scotland's highways? And what is she doing with them? Sometimes strange, always gripping, Skin probes the differences between men and women, and what separates the human from the inhuman. Hop in! — Charles Bottomley
In this haunting, entrancing novel, Michel Faber introduces us to Isserley, a female driver who cruises the Scottish Highlands picking up hitchhikers. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory—our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion.
"The fantastic is so nicely played against the day-to-day that one feels the strangeness of both . . . A remarkable novel." —The New York Times
"Alternately gorgeous and terrifying, lyrical and brutal, Under the Skin compels and teases . . . Satisfying and successful." —Newsday
"A wonderful book - painful, lyrical, frightening, brilliant . . . I couldn't put it down." —Kate Atkinson
"Under the Skin tattoos the memory with an unholy trinity of hitch-hikers, the Scottish highlands and the extraterrestrial meat-packing industry. Wonderful, grisly and beyond bonkers." -—David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas
"This is a man who could give Conrad a run at writing the perfect sentence." —The Guardian