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In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker

Title: In the Skin of a Monster

Author:Kathryn Barker

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I read In the Skin of a Monster several years ago. When I saw that Kathryn Barker had a second book coming out this year, I thought I would re-post my review of her debut novel, only to find I hadn’t done a review. Which is crazy, because I loved this book.

The book is split between the points-of-view of two characters, Alice, who’s identical twin sister shot up their high-school, and Lux, a dream-boy in a dream-world.

If you go in thinking that it’s a contemporary-realism novel (as I did) then you may initially be confused by what’s happening in the book (as I was). This is not realism. Alice swaps places with her dream-Alice double – she ends up in a dream-scape where the town’s dreams and nightmares live on after waking and her double ends up in the real-world. Once you’ve wrapped your mind around that, however, the novel is engaging, exciting and unique.

I highly recommend In the Skin of a Monster and I’m definitely looking forward to Barker’s next work. 

Author:

I'm a writer, reader, wife, mother and lover of chocolate. I write fiction for children and young people, as well as quality content for those who want to create meaningful engagement with their audience. You can see samples of my work at wendyallottwrites.com. I also blog at wendyallott.com, providing advice to young fiction writers.

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