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296 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 2000
(1) A lover of good storytelling that uses slow-tease. The reason why Isserly picks the beefy young men and what do "they" do with those men;I think I have to stop now. Otherwise, I will spoil your fun! One last note (so I can remember if someone asks): the title comes from Amlis saying "We're all the same under the skin" when Isserly says that she does not really doubt if there's much similarity between the way he and she (Isserly) live and breath. (p. 164).
(2) Mystery/suspense/sci-fi/fantasy aficionados. The twists are just not easy to predict so I just lumped all those genres in there so as not to reveal too much. What I am trying to say is that if you love one of these genres, there is something in this book for you.
(3) A writer who is interested on how to play with POVs. The bulk of the book is told in Isserly's point of view but every time there is a hitchhiker who has just got in her car, the POV shifts to him and I just loved knowing what the young man thinks of Isserly. I did enjoy these parts.
(4) If you are a meat-loving person. I had the same feeling while reading Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Remember the talking giraffe?
"Most distracting of all, though, was not the threat of danger but the allure of beauty"
In this speculative tale we follow Isserley, a woman who is obsessed with picking up well-muscled hitchhikers on the backdrop of a Scotland Highway. Why she's picking them up and asking them personal questions, is a mystery that will unfold as you flip the pages.
“The word troubled her, though. ‘Indispensable.’ It was a word people tended to resort to when dispensability was in the air.
This was eerie, unsettling and downright fascinating, one of those haunting tales that creep up on you as you flip the pages. For such a slim book (280 pages) Faber crammed so much and managed to seamlessly weave into the plot. I will vaguely speak about the overall story because I believe this is a story that one dives in blindly and just gets f*cked up.