A Skinful of Shadows
Macmillan Children's Books
fp September 2017
from Pan Macmillan...
When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.
Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.
And now there's a ghost inside her.
The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession Ė or death.
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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge is an amazingly intense book; the beautiful writing style and the fantastic contrast of the enrapturing and tender storyline combine to create nothing short of a masterpiece. Capturing myself, as the reader, from the beginning, the story progressively builds as a historical and paranormal fiction, leaving me unable to put it down and turn away.
The story is of Makepeace, a young girl, who through an unravelling sequence of events lands with, unbeknownst to her, a spirit inside of her. From there she is sent away from her auntís house, where she had previously lived with her deceased mother, to go live with her fatherís family. Having never met her father, Makepeace doesnít know much about him or the family she is being sent to live with. Upon realising that there is a spirit insider her, Makepeace struggles to keep it hidden from the creepy family elders, as she looks for an escape.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone willing to pick up a book, knowing they wonít put it down until the end. Those in their mid-teens, like myself, may be able to enjoy this book more than others, due to the themes of loss and self-discovery, however, it would still remain an amazing read to anyone who chooses to pick it up and lose themselves in such a beautiful masterpiece.
Jasleen, age 15, Canberra