Review: Skin by Christian Baines

Quick Info

  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Horror
  • Trigger Warnings: murder, rape, maybe more
  • Rating: dnf


Kyle, a young newcomer to New Orleans, is haunted by the memory of his first lover, brutally murdered just outside the French Quarter.

Marc, a young Quarter hustler, is haunted by an eccentric spirit that shares his dreams, and by the handsome but vicious lover who shares his bed.

When the barrier between these men comes down, it will prove thinner than the veil between the living and the dead…or between justice and revenge.

The Queer’s Review

I feel like I need to bleach my eyes.

When writing a dnf review or a review with a low rating I like to include parts of the book I liked. But there were absolutely none in Skin. In all honesty I should have dnf-ed sooner, but I am relieved that I didn’t struggle on because I’ve heard it gets even worse.

So, the reason for my dnf? I didn’t enjoy reading Skin at all and then there were the rape parts. Imagine a character is being hunted by three men and it is crystal clear that they are out for blood. Is that a situation to notice how “cute” one of them is? Are you fucking serious?! And then the onpage rape scene is written for erotic intent. HOW ABOUT NO?!

The way the male character with a ‘feminine touch’ was written read to me a lot like sexism. Add a lot of female slurs and I’m out.

If you’re interested in a review of a reader who struggled through Skin check out Sameena Jehanzbeb’s.

Bookish Thoughts

So much nope.


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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