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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. 


I write young adult novels and have a passion for reading and writing. My blog is a place were young adult writers can get tips to improve their own writing so that they too can share their stories with the world. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband and mum to two beautiful boys.

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