Skin Deep (Gary Kemble, Echo Publishing)

skin deepHarry Hendrick’s girlfriend has left him and his job as a journalist for the local paper is going nowhere. He awakes with the mother of all hangovers and a tattoo he doesn’t recall getting. He could write it off as a wild night but when the tattoos keep coming, accompanied by nightmares and memories that are not his own, he is compelled to find out what’s going on. In his search for the truth, Harry is thrust into a world of corrupt politicians, boat people, SAS missions in Afghanistan, murder, tattoo parlours, bikies, psychics and a mysterious woman. Set on the ‘mean streets’ of Brisbane, Gary Kemble’s debut novel is an imaginative, fast-paced page-turner that combines crime-writing with a delightful serving of the supernatural. Kemble’s other life as a journalist is evident in his writing and his convincingly realistic characters, while topical issues such as asylum seekers and shady politicians are handled deftly and credibly. Skin Deep is a fine debut for both Kemble and Echo Publishing, which offers more than a passing nod to John Birmingham and Stephen King. This novel will appeal to readers who devour crime, thrillers and speculative fiction.

Deborah Crabtree is a Melbourne-based writer and bookseller. This review first appeared in Books+Publishing magazine Issue 2, 2015. View more pre-publication reviews here.

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint
1 Grey E. L. James Arrow Books
2 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
3 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday
4 Super Weird! Anh Do Scholastic
5 Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books
6 Finders Keepers Stephen King Hachette
7 Troll Mountain Matthew Reilly Macmillan
8 Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster
9 Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins
10 Super Green Smoothies Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem Allen & Unwin
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint
1 Grey E. L. James Arrow Books
2 The Santangelos Jackie Collins Simon & Schuster
3 Tom Clancy’s Under Fire Grant Blackwood Michael Joseph
4 Supermarket Monsters Malcolm Knox Redback
5 The Very Noisy Bear Nick Bland Scholastic
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint
1 Secret Garden Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing
2 Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books
3 Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom Millie Marotta Batsford
4 Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing
5 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 20/06/2015
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Bestsellers this week

A largely unchanged top 10 bestsellers chart this week is topped by The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree), with Dork Diaries: Drama Queen (Rachel Renee Russell, S&S) the only new entry in the top 10 in sixth spot. Farrarons’ and Russell’s books are also number one and two, respectively, in the fastest movers chart, ahead of another top 10 title Paper Towns (film tie-in edition) (John Green, HarperCollins) in third. New titles appearing in the fastest movers chart this week include colouring book Birds & Butterflies (Alice Chadwick, Hamlyn) and Minions: Book of the Film (Brian Lynch, Scholastic). At the top of the highest new entry chart is Nora Roberts’ Hidden Riches(Piatkus), followed by another Roberts title, Private Scandals(Piatkus), in second spot and Bear Grylls’ debut thriller Ghost Flight (Orion) in third—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 13 June 2015)

Bestsellers this week

mindfulnessA largely unchanged top 10 bestsellers chart this week is topped by The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree), with Dork Diaries: Drama Queen (Rachel Renee Russell, S&S) the only new entry in the top 10 in sixth spot. Farrarons’ and Russell’s books are also number one and two, respectively, in the fastest movers chart, ahead of another top 10 title Paper Towns (film tie-in edition) (John Green, HarperCollins) in third. New titles appearing in the fastest movers chart this week include colouring book Birds & Butterflies (Alice Chadwick, Hamlyn) and Minions: Book of the Film (Brian Lynch, Scholastic). At the top of the highest new entry chart is Nora Roberts’ Hidden Riches (Piatkus), followed by another Roberts title, Private Scandals (Piatkus), in second spot and Bear Grylls’ debut thriller Ghost Flight (Orion) in third—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 13 June 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

2

The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday

3

Finders Keepers Stephen King Hachette

4

Super Weird! Anh Do Scholastic

5

Troll Mountain Matthew Reilly Macmillan

6

Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster

7

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins

8

Piranha Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison Michael Joseph

9

Super Green Smoothies Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem Allen & Unwin

10

Without a Trace Lesley Pearse Michael Joseph
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint

1

Hidden Riches Nora Roberts Hachette

2

Private Scandals Nora Roberts Hachette

3

Ghost Flight Bear Grylls Hachette

4

Blueprints Barbara Delinsky Hachette

5

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises Fredrik Backman Hachette
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint

1

The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree

2

Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster

3

Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins

4

Minions – Book of the Film Brian Lynch Scholastic

5

Birds & Butterflies Alice Chadwick Hachette
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 13/06/2015
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

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Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers
Index Title Author Imprint
1 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
2 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday
3 Troll Mountain Matthew Reilly Macmillan
4 Super Weird! Anh Do Scholastic
5 Finders Keepers Stephen King Hachette
6 Piranha Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison Michael Joseph
7 Without a Trace Lesley Pearse Michael Joseph
8 Super Green Smoothies Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem Allen & Unwin
9 Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins
10 American Sniper (film tie-in) Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice William Morrow
Highest New Entries
Index Title Author Imprint
1 Finders Keepers Stephen King Hachette
2 Dork Diaries: Drama Queen Rachel Renee Russell Simon & Schuster
3 The Show Tilly Bagshawe HarperCollins
4 Waterloo Bernard Cornwell HarperCollins
5 Shards of Hope Nalini Singh Hachette
Fastest Movers
Index Title Author Imprint
1 Super Weird! Anh Do Scholastic
2 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
3 The Creative Therapy Colouring Book Hannah Davies, Richard Merritt & Jo Taylor Michael O’Mara
4 Without a Trace Lesley Pearse Michael Joseph
5 Paper Towns (film tie-in) John Green HarperCollins
© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 6/06/15
Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide

Bestsellers this week

troll mountainFour new releases have entered the top 10 bestsellers in their first week, with Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain (Macmillan) taking top spot in both the overall bestsellers and highest new entries charts. The next three highest new entries, Slow Cooker Central(Paulene Christie, ABC Books), Piranha (Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison, Michael Joseph) and A Quiet End (Nelson DeMille, Hachette), claimed second, sixth and 10th spots respectively in the overall chart, with the fifth highest new entry, Lesley Pearse’sWithout a Trace (Michael Joseph), debuting just outside the top 10. The fastest movers chart is full of yet more colouring books, with Decorative Designs: The Gift of Colouring for Grown-Ups(Michael O’Mara) in the top spot ahead of Fabulous Flowers: The Gift of Colouring for Grown-Ups (Michael O’Mara), Colour Yourself Calm: A Mindfulness Colouring Book (Tiddy Rowan, Quadrille) and The Mindfulness Colouring Book (Emma Farrarons, Boxtree). The John Green Collection (John Green, HarperCollins) rounds out the top five fastest movers—Books+Publishing (source: Nielsen BookScan, week ending 30 May 2015)

Charts this week

Top 10 Bestsellers

Index Title Author Imprint
1 Troll Mountain Matthew Reilly Macmillan
2 Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books
3 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Doubleday
4 Enchanted Forest Johanna Basford Laurence King Publishing
5 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
6 Piranha Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison Michael Joseph
7 Memory Man David Baldacci Macmillan
8 Super Green Smoothies Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem Allen & Unwin
9 Yes! No (Maybe…): Tom Gates Liz Pichon Scholastic
10 A Quiet End Nelson DeMille Hachette

Highest New Entries

Index Title Author Imprint
1 Troll Mountain Matthew Reilly Macmillan
2 Slow Cooker Central Paulene Christie ABC Books
3 Piranha Clive Cussler & Boyd Morrison Michael Joseph
4 A Quiet End Nelson DeMille Hachette
5 Without a Trace Lesley Pearse Michael Joseph

Fastest Movers

Index Title Author Imprint
1 Decorative Designs: The Gift of Colouring for Grown-Ups Michael O’Mara
2 Fabulous Flowers: The Gift of Colouring for Grown-Ups Michael O’Mara
3 Colour Yourself Calm: A Mindfulness Colouring Book Tiddy Rowan Quadrille
4 The Mindfulness Colouring Book Emma Farrarons Boxtree
5 The John Green Collection John Green HarperCollins

© Nielsen BookScan 2015   Week Ending 30/05/2015
(Data supplied by Nielsen BookScan’s book sales monitoring system from 1000 retailers nationwide)