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Listening Length: 4 hours and 28 minutes Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet, when her daughter Erin starts describing "past life memories." Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the tr Listening Length: 4 hours and 28 minutes Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet, when her daughter Erin starts describing "past life memories." Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the truth becomes harder to deny. With echoes of Stephen King, Second Skin is a propulsive thriller about grief, guilt, and truths better left unknown.


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Listening Length: 4 hours and 28 minutes Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet, when her daughter Erin starts describing "past life memories." Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the tr Listening Length: 4 hours and 28 minutes Stan Weir is mourning a tragic loss when he meets a mysterious nine-year-old girl, who claims to be the reincarnated spirit of his late wife. Marcy Keef is a single mother trying to make ends meet, when her daughter Erin starts describing "past life memories." Neither wants to believe Erin, but as violent secrets are revealed, the truth becomes harder to deny. With echoes of Stephen King, Second Skin is a propulsive thriller about grief, guilt, and truths better left unknown.

30 review for Second Skin

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rasma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was going to rate this a three, pretty good, until it took a cockeyed turn for the worse towards the end when - ha ha - the nine year old was just making it all up. No she wasn't, because as a character she was far too shallow and two-dimensional to be capable of such prowess. Why not make her at least 12 or 13, it might be plausible. Or better yet, keep her aged 9 and then have the so-called dreams fade away with age, so that she herself doesn't remember having the experience that the plot re I was going to rate this a three, pretty good, until it took a cockeyed turn for the worse towards the end when - ha ha - the nine year old was just making it all up. No she wasn't, because as a character she was far too shallow and two-dimensional to be capable of such prowess. Why not make her at least 12 or 13, it might be plausible. Or better yet, keep her aged 9 and then have the so-called dreams fade away with age, so that she herself doesn't remember having the experience that the plot revolves around: believing she is the reincarnation of a local dead woman whose husband is stuck in guilt-mode because his wife killed herself because he had killed their daughter in a car accident when he had an epileptic seizure after a couple decades of having none and therefore thinking, stupidly, that he would never have one. That weak premise for the whole plot is palatable, as is the little girl's regression, and there is an interesting trope in this book: the father as the main child-rearing parent in a complete reversal of male-female family roles. The reader of the book on Audible is amazing, and she lends characterization nuances to the players that are given through dialogue. But hell, to shy away from the New Age plot line by saying that a nine-year-old found an old phone in her grandmother's closet, managed to open and unlock it and make a complete picture of this adult woman's life before death in order to then impersonate that woman after death, because she just happened to die on the day the nine-year-old was born... It comes out of the blue. This girl-character has not been developed to be anywhere nearly capable of such a feat. And what about the phone's surely dead battery after nine years in the closet??? That is conveniently ignored. And then the whole premise for the girl carrying out this deceit is a pitiful trite "I wanted attention. Am I still special?" Not special enough is my answer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lis Franco

    I liked it. It has a lot of turns and twists. Though Erin acted more like a 13 year old than a 9 year old.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alice 🌙

    3/5 ⭐️ Cool concept, I’ve never read a book about reincarnation and it was p cool actually The ending pissed me off tbh but it was still a good book

  4. 5 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    Second Skin is an audiobook novella which came free with my Audible subscription about a young girl who appears to be the reincarnated spirit of a woman who committed suicide. It’s not as dark as it sounds however. It’s just over four hours long so we listened to it over a couple of weekends in the car and, for the first time, sitting by the brazier outside on an unusually still night for Wellington - a new a very pleasant way for us to listen to audiobooks. Stan Weir has lost his daughter in a t Second Skin is an audiobook novella which came free with my Audible subscription about a young girl who appears to be the reincarnated spirit of a woman who committed suicide. It’s not as dark as it sounds however. It’s just over four hours long so we listened to it over a couple of weekends in the car and, for the first time, sitting by the brazier outside on an unusually still night for Wellington - a new a very pleasant way for us to listen to audiobooks. Stan Weir has lost his daughter in a tragic accident, and then his wife Joanne committed suicide. The night she died, Marci delivers a baby girl. Nine years later, Erin starts creating sinister drawings and reporting memories of the night she died. Initially sceptical, single mother Marci is desperate to help her daughter so contacts Stan, who is rightly suspicious, but when he meets Erin she tells him things about Joanne that she couldn’t possibly know. Is this really a case of reincarnation and can Erin help Stan overcome his grief? This was brilliantly narrated and I was engaged in the story from the start. There were perhaps some anecdotes and character reminiscences that felt like padding but overall the pace was good and I genuinely didn’t guess how things would turn out, but liked the reveal and gently hopeful ending. Despite dealing with accidental death and suicide, it wasn’t morbid or depressing. The author is Australian but the story is set in the USA, but it could actually take place anywhere. Recommended listening.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    A stay-at-home dad has an epileptic seizure while driving his daughter to school. He is unhurt, but she's killed. A few months later, his wife commits suicide. Nine years later, a girl who was born the day his wife died is having dreams about a past life, and knows things only the man's dead wife could know. This was an intriguing story that leads the reader on a bit about the supernatural aspects -- is the little girl really the reincarnated soul of a woman who died the night she was born? Add an A stay-at-home dad has an epileptic seizure while driving his daughter to school. He is unhurt, but she's killed. A few months later, his wife commits suicide. Nine years later, a girl who was born the day his wife died is having dreams about a past life, and knows things only the man's dead wife could know. This was an intriguing story that leads the reader on a bit about the supernatural aspects -- is the little girl really the reincarnated soul of a woman who died the night she was born? Add an unexpected twist and it becomes another sort of mystery. Not bad, would probably check out a longer work by this author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Rae

    This held my interest alright... but the ending was a letdown.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    I should know by now that Christian White stories are never as clear cut as they first seem! This was fantastic and took me completely by surprise! Very clever and definately worth a listen!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sonia N.

    I have this book on my Audible Originals. Stan is having a very hard time of dealing with his wife's death. Marcy has a daughter who believes she is his wife's reincarnation. This was an interesting mystery, it was also about how Stan, Marcy and her daughter, Erin are entwined in a surprise ending. The narrator performed well. I have this book on my Audible Originals. Stan is having a very hard time of dealing with his wife's death. Marcy has a daughter who believes she is his wife's reincarnation. This was an interesting mystery, it was also about how Stan, Marcy and her daughter, Erin are entwined in a surprise ending. The narrator performed well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen ⊰✿

    Another enjoyable story from Christian White, this one released only on Audible and free for members in April 2020. I'm assuming this has been released this way as a promo for him to break further into the international market, especially as this one is based in the US. And good for him! - because he is a talented mystery/suspense writer. At 4.5 hours of audio it is not a long book, but I thought he packed quite a lot of story, characterisation and twists in that short period. It was an easy read Another enjoyable story from Christian White, this one released only on Audible and free for members in April 2020. I'm assuming this has been released this way as a promo for him to break further into the international market, especially as this one is based in the US. And good for him! - because he is a talented mystery/suspense writer. At 4.5 hours of audio it is not a long book, but I thought he packed quite a lot of story, characterisation and twists in that short period. It was an easy read (listen) and I did not see the ending coming until a large twist was revealed. On a side note, there is a part in the book where a date of August 2020 is given. So that does make me wonder if this book will be released traditionally later this year? ;)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    Paranormal Mystery Review of the Audible Original audio novella (April 2020) Second Skin was a good mystery with a paranormal angle to it and some unexpected twists along the way. Can't reveal too much as it would be a spoiler. The narration by Ellen Archer in all voices was especially outstanding. The cover image seemed to have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, unless I blinked and missed it. Second Skin is one of the Audible Originals made freely available to members for the month of April 2 Paranormal Mystery Review of the Audible Original audio novella (April 2020) Second Skin was a good mystery with a paranormal angle to it and some unexpected twists along the way. Can't reveal too much as it would be a spoiler. The narration by Ellen Archer in all voices was especially outstanding. The cover image seemed to have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, unless I blinked and missed it. Second Skin is one of the Audible Originals made freely available to members for the month of April 2020. It is available to everyone for a standard price.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3.5 stars I listened to this in the car. It kept me riveted. I wasn't crazy about the ending. A husband/father has an epileptic seizure while driving - he survives, but his daughter doesn't. Grief takes a toll on his marriage and his wife waffles between love and hate - blaming him and herself. The husband is doubly grieved when his wife dies by a seemingly apparent suicide. A little girl, born at the time of his wife's death, knows things about his wife that only she (and family) would know. As 3.5 stars I listened to this in the car. It kept me riveted. I wasn't crazy about the ending. A husband/father has an epileptic seizure while driving - he survives, but his daughter doesn't. Grief takes a toll on his marriage and his wife waffles between love and hate - blaming him and herself. The husband is doubly grieved when his wife dies by a seemingly apparent suicide. A little girl, born at the time of his wife's death, knows things about his wife that only she (and family) would know. As I said, I was riveted but the ending was a miss with little closure for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Henry

    Pretty good story. Not great but enjoyable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Monica Vidal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What the fuck did I just listen to? The whole book is made of stupid. The premise is that a 9 year old girl is the reincarnated spirit of a adult woman, who committed suicided after the death of her daughter. Ok, cool. I sort of believe in reincarnation so I was interested, but that’s not all. The daughter died in a car accident, when her father, who had epilepsy, was driving and had a seizure. The reasoning for him being driving even though epilepsy, was that he hadn’t had a seizure in years. O What the fuck did I just listen to? The whole book is made of stupid. The premise is that a 9 year old girl is the reincarnated spirit of a adult woman, who committed suicided after the death of her daughter. Ok, cool. I sort of believe in reincarnation so I was interested, but that’s not all. The daughter died in a car accident, when her father, who had epilepsy, was driving and had a seizure. The reasoning for him being driving even though epilepsy, was that he hadn’t had a seizure in years. Ok, I decided to ignore that and power through. So the wife sort of blames the husband and eventually ends up killing herself on the same night that a baby girl is born in the same city. Fast forward 9 years later, the little goes starts having nightmares about the women and she believes she’s the woman reincarnated. She knows stuff about the women no one knew, and so on. There’s a whole plot around this, the 9 year old girl talks to the husband, the guy who had been grieving for 9 years, she gives the guy hopes... And in the end she was pretending. And here is the quick: she found the dead woman’s phone in her grandmother’s house (the explanation is that, in the night the women died, her body was brought to the same hospital as the girl’s mother while she was having the girl. The paramedics dropped the phone, the grandmother found it and KEPT it for nine years, instead of, I don’t know, giving it to the police cause it contained prof that the woman had been murdered and not suicidal, because she “didn’t want to think about the dead woman”. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK??). Soooo, the 9 years old girl found the phone, powered it on, after NINE YEARS, somehow cracked the password, that fact is ignored, read through the woman’s emails and messages and stuff and came up with the plan of pretending to be the woman’s reincarnated spirit because she was bored and wanted attention. Those are her actual explanation. And the girl’s mother was like “there there honey, it’s ok, it’s nothing that you are a liar and a manipulative psychopath who used someone’s grieve to have fun, it’s ok. Mom loved you”. I mean, SERIOUSLY? That’s it? I’m writing this and I’m here thinking someone seriously wrote this book and thought it was ok? Fuck this noise. So glad it was free on audible cause if I had spent money or a credit on this crap I would be maaaaaaaaad. Fucking stupid book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin McInerney

    This is an Audible Original (free) for April. It's longer than most Audible Originals, but still didn't establish the back stories of the main characters. Unlike some other comments, it's nothing like a Stephen King novel. The story was moving along, and was interesting. Then, it completely flipped - destroying the whole premise that the author had been taking the reader. I felt betrayed. This is an Audible Original (free) for April. It's longer than most Audible Originals, but still didn't establish the back stories of the main characters. Unlike some other comments, it's nothing like a Stephen King novel. The story was moving along, and was interesting. Then, it completely flipped - destroying the whole premise that the author had been taking the reader. I felt betrayed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Interesting premise with a good narrator but I can't get over the ending and how much I didn't like the Marci and Erin resolution! it was an interesting page turner before that and I'm sure there are a lot of people who will give much higher reviews, but books are all about endings for me. That's what you're left with after closing the back cover and this wasn't a satisfying ending for me Interesting premise with a good narrator but I can't get over the ending and how much I didn't like the Marci and Erin resolution! it was an interesting page turner before that and I'm sure there are a lot of people who will give much higher reviews, but books are all about endings for me. That's what you're left with after closing the back cover and this wasn't a satisfying ending for me

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Ugh up until the very end I would have given this a four star review! But the 1.5/2 star ending dragged it down for me. This book was fast paced and sucked me in quick! I was invested! I loved the world's colliding and the stories coming together. Go in with low expectations for the end and I think you could really enjoy this one! Ugh up until the very end I would have given this a four star review! But the 1.5/2 star ending dragged it down for me. This book was fast paced and sucked me in quick! I was invested! I loved the world's colliding and the stories coming together. Go in with low expectations for the end and I think you could really enjoy this one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    Wow. Second Skin had some really good twists and turns throughout it. I honestly wasn't expecting some of the information towards the end of this either. Yet, at the same time.. I just knew that something was coming my way. Don't get me wrong, this was a pretty good thriller. I just wished it was bit a longer than being an audible original. However, for such a quick/short story - Christian did a wonderful job! I loved all of the characters from start to finish. Especially Erin.. even if I kept fo Wow. Second Skin had some really good twists and turns throughout it. I honestly wasn't expecting some of the information towards the end of this either. Yet, at the same time.. I just knew that something was coming my way. Don't get me wrong, this was a pretty good thriller. I just wished it was bit a longer than being an audible original. However, for such a quick/short story - Christian did a wonderful job! I loved all of the characters from start to finish. Especially Erin.. even if I kept forgetting how old she was. Overall, I'm excited for my next thriller!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frey-Thomas

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Go find someone else’s phone from 9 years ago. Find a charger for this phone you never owned. Figure out the password, and start going through everything on the phone. Don’t get bored... find the juicy bits, in the phone of a lawyer who was busy and on that phone every damned day. Now imagine you’re nine years old, you manage to figure out the phone’s owner is dead, and you are willing to pretend the person who owned said phone is a ghost in your head. And you’re able to fool teachers, school ad Go find someone else’s phone from 9 years ago. Find a charger for this phone you never owned. Figure out the password, and start going through everything on the phone. Don’t get bored... find the juicy bits, in the phone of a lawyer who was busy and on that phone every damned day. Now imagine you’re nine years old, you manage to figure out the phone’s owner is dead, and you are willing to pretend the person who owned said phone is a ghost in your head. And you’re able to fool teachers, school administrators, your parents, the family of the dead person, and a trained hypnotherapist. What are you? A psychopath is what you are. The book needs an editor, and the main child character needs serious professional help. Also, PS... the murderer is obvious. Not because the book is well written, but because OF COURSE it would be who everyone least expects. Ugh.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Avid

    This review is biased and not judged fair I'm sure due to my strong beliefs with regard for children. It is difficult to expressly define my objection without giving away the book so I will refrain. For myself it was a no and I will not recommend to my friends. However, it did have some interesting twists that were not seen and it was a audio freebie this month so if bored you don't have much to lose. This review is biased and not judged fair I'm sure due to my strong beliefs with regard for children. It is difficult to expressly define my objection without giving away the book so I will refrain. For myself it was a no and I will not recommend to my friends. However, it did have some interesting twists that were not seen and it was a audio freebie this month so if bored you don't have much to lose.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bekkers

    This book was a huge letdown. I am definitely really disappointed with this book. I felt like the author had a good thing going, but went with the poorest ending. SPOILERS***************** I hated that this author leads the reader to believe that the little girl has the personality of Joanne in her the entire time. THEN, she just goes, "Nevermind. It was all a lie." For real. >:( I don't feel like it took any art or creativity to go, BOOM, lie. I felt like it destroyed the characters. This book was a huge letdown. I am definitely really disappointed with this book. I felt like the author had a good thing going, but went with the poorest ending. SPOILERS***************** I hated that this author leads the reader to believe that the little girl has the personality of Joanne in her the entire time. THEN, she just goes, "Nevermind. It was all a lie." For real. >:( I don't feel like it took any art or creativity to go, BOOM, lie. I felt like it destroyed the characters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really liked this story. It was sad, had twists and was an interesting concept. I've heard stories of kids who seem to know facts about a "previous life" enough to make me wonder if it could happen. I liked the characters and really felt sorry for Stan having lost his daughter and wife both. This is an interesting story and I'm glad I listened to it. I really liked this story. It was sad, had twists and was an interesting concept. I've heard stories of kids who seem to know facts about a "previous life" enough to make me wonder if it could happen. I liked the characters and really felt sorry for Stan having lost his daughter and wife both. This is an interesting story and I'm glad I listened to it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dusan Prvacki

    This has to be one of the most disappointing endings I've ever read. Second Skin was a perfect 5-star mystery story until the author decided to spoil it all. Oh well, it was an enjoyable read anyway. This has to be one of the most disappointing endings I've ever read. Second Skin was a perfect 5-star mystery story until the author decided to spoil it all. Oh well, it was an enjoyable read anyway.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vlada

    Half of the Audible Originals could have made it as a great movie. This one too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tamela

    Loved the beginning but lame ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    So stupid and terrible....

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eleeze

    3.75* This audible original has a few twists and turns and that ending was very unexpected.-

  27. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    3.5 stars This was an interesting story with some twists. Some were expected and some were a bit disappointing but overall this was fairly enjoyable!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This Audible Original freebie was a short but satisfying listen. If you like a mystery with a supernatural/spiritual spin, you'll like this. This Audible Original freebie was a short but satisfying listen. If you like a mystery with a supernatural/spiritual spin, you'll like this.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daria

    I have to confess that out of all Audible originals I most enjoy mysteries and thrillers. This one was well-written, had likeable characters and an engaging mystery plot. Also, this doesn't happen often, but I really did not see the final twist coming! Enjoyed this one. I have to confess that out of all Audible originals I most enjoy mysteries and thrillers. This one was well-written, had likeable characters and an engaging mystery plot. Also, this doesn't happen often, but I really did not see the final twist coming! Enjoyed this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Amazon has clearly pumped a lot of money into Audible, because there’s a new lucrative sideline in authors writing exclusive audio novellas for them. Australia’s own Christian White, fresh off the entirely Australian-set The Wife and the Widow presents a short piece about a man who becomes convinced that a nine year old girl is the reincarnation of his wife. As ever, White remains more comfortable when he’s in an Australian gear; Second Skin is set wholly in America and suffers for it. Beyond Amazon has clearly pumped a lot of money into Audible, because there’s a new lucrative sideline in authors writing exclusive audio novellas for them. Australia’s own Christian White, fresh off the entirely Australian-set The Wife and the Widow presents a short piece about a man who becomes convinced that a nine year old girl is the reincarnation of his wife. As ever, White remains more comfortable when he’s in an Australian gear; Second Skin is set wholly in America and suffers for it. Beyond basic fact checking — he’s set the book in one of the stretches in history when Les Miserables was not playing on Broadway, yet his characters have tickets — there are multiple elements of Second Skin that don’t ring true. We can accept that maybe past lives are a thing - it's White setting the rules, not the physical universe — but the way that both the law and human nature are portrayed are completely alien. Ellen Archer’s narration brings some life to proceedings — her sing-song child voice could almost fit in on Bob’s Burgers — but Second Skin hangs on a resolution that can only be described as stupid, bordering on nonsensical. Though it's worth the free admission for a few distance drives (not that there’s anywhere to go), Second Skin transitions from interesting to eye rolling so rapidly you’ll get whiplash.

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