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Donald needs a real story for the Brackenridge Courier. And that's going to be tough in this sleepy town. Or so he thought. Before he saw a dead man walk. Before he saw that finger... Donald needs a real story for the Brackenridge Courier. And that's going to be tough in this sleepy town. Or so he thought. Before he saw a dead man walk. Before he saw that finger...


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Donald needs a real story for the Brackenridge Courier. And that's going to be tough in this sleepy town. Or so he thought. Before he saw a dead man walk. Before he saw that finger... Donald needs a real story for the Brackenridge Courier. And that's going to be tough in this sleepy town. Or so he thought. Before he saw a dead man walk. Before he saw that finger...

30 review for Skinners

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    Donald Price is working for the town newspaper in the year before he heads off to university, and he thinks he might be on to the story of a lifetime when he witnesses a man get hit by a bus and appear to be dead. Except a woman shows up, cuts a finger from a severed arm, and gets him to suck on it (Ew!) The man gets up, right as rain, and he and the woman walk off. Around the same time, Donald and his family are visited by famous horror writer Oscar Bullimore, as Donald's father is his editor. D Donald Price is working for the town newspaper in the year before he heads off to university, and he thinks he might be on to the story of a lifetime when he witnesses a man get hit by a bus and appear to be dead. Except a woman shows up, cuts a finger from a severed arm, and gets him to suck on it (Ew!) The man gets up, right as rain, and he and the woman walk off. Around the same time, Donald and his family are visited by famous horror writer Oscar Bullimore, as Donald's father is his editor. Donald uses the opportunity to do a story for the paper on Oscar. However, Oscar is actually in hiding from a sinister cult called "The Skinners", who like to remove the skin of people and wear it themselves, which then lets them control that particular body part of the other person. (Ew!) Could this be linked to that incident with the bus that Donald witnessed? This was an enjoyable horror story, but still a missed opportunity. There was so much that could be done with the concept of wearing the skin of others to control them. Icky and creepy! I wanted to learn more about this cult and their terracotta coffin and how they managed to develop supernatural ability through the removal of skin. But after that memorable start, the story just kind of dies in the ass, taken up with Donald's infatuation with his former English teacher, who seems apparently smitten with him, with the story just not seeming to really go anywhere. I was almost dropping the score to 2 stars, but things perk back up for the climax, which is memorably loopy and gross. Probably more interesting for what it could have been, this still has its moments.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pam Baddeley

    I approached this a little warily, as I'd been rather disappointed in the previous couple of John Gordon's novels after enjoying The House on the Brink, but thoroughly enjoyed this Grand Guignol romp. Donald is a young man, working for a local newspaper in his gap year before going to university, who starts to investigate a weird cult who have a fixation with body parts. Set in the late 90s, though suspiciously more like the 70s - computers are mentioned but the author overcomes any need to portr I approached this a little warily, as I'd been rather disappointed in the previous couple of John Gordon's novels after enjoying The House on the Brink, but thoroughly enjoyed this Grand Guignol romp. Donald is a young man, working for a local newspaper in his gap year before going to university, who starts to investigate a weird cult who have a fixation with body parts. Set in the late 90s, though suspiciously more like the 70s - computers are mentioned but the author overcomes any need to portray them by having the newspaper editor a Luddite who insists they stick to manual typewriters, not even electric ones - it is told from Donald's first person viewpoint and begins when he witnesses an accident in which a man is struck by a bus. The man seems badly injured, but soon has an amazing recovery although in many ways he resembles to a zombie. The book features some of Gordon's previously encountered themes such as the fascination exercised by an older woman over a young man, and a young woman who appears fey and shy to begin with but develops into an equal partner - and in this case, one with nerves and stomach of steel - as she and Donald come up against the horrific developments which follow. There was a nice dark humour to the story and it was definitely tongue in cheek in the big climax. Hence a 4-star rating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    El─źna Zviedre

    I didn't expect to like this as much as i did. It had some grim humor which went really well with the rest of the story. I have to say that this really was a horror book not some low-key imitation of one. It's not that it was horrifying, it's that it created this atmosphere that made me feel uneasy. The plot was surprisingly decent for a horror novel, as was the characters. Overall, i really enjoyed it. Shame for that ending though, but it felt like the author called himself out on that :D I didn't expect to like this as much as i did. It had some grim humor which went really well with the rest of the story. I have to say that this really was a horror book not some low-key imitation of one. It's not that it was horrifying, it's that it created this atmosphere that made me feel uneasy. The plot was surprisingly decent for a horror novel, as was the characters. Overall, i really enjoyed it. Shame for that ending though, but it felt like the author called himself out on that :D

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie_ian_curtis

    started off great then what the?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hester Mitchell

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Baly

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Percy

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Kew

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Byrne

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reena

  12. 4 out of 5

    Francesca

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie Parker

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  17. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tara Killmaster

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Campbell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shehbaz Ali

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connie Pretty

  24. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashika

  26. 5 out of 5

    MANDY

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Oldfield

  28. 4 out of 5

    India Flanagan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

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