Beneath the Ink – Kath Middleton
This is a fascinating book. It starts simply enough with a couple both getting tattoos. But something goes wrong with the tattoos. From there develops a story that has elements of science fiction, horror, political thriller and other genres within it.
Not being too enamoured with genre divisions, demarcations and expectations I do like it when a novel crosses genres, altering and blending them in interesting ways to make something greater than its parts, and this one does it very well indeed.
In many ways, it reminded me of a John Wyndam novel with the way extraordinary things happen to ordinary people living in an up to then ordinary world.
It is very well written and a joy to read.
When Lisa accompanies her boyfriend Jed to get a tattoo, she’s scared but knows it will be worth it. Tattoos are cool!
Days later, they haven’t even begun to heal. They are itchy, inflamed and distorted. There is something in there, beneath the ink, shifting by itself.
Lisa and Jed are not alone. Thousands more people find their new tattoos are moving as if alive.
And soon, whatever’s inside will break free…