Beneath Our Skin

February 11, 2020

 

When boundaries are broken, love is put to the test…

Ronny, the owner of a large cosmetics company and student in a course on art, is swept into a serious adventure, when an ordinary tour around Switzerland leads him and another student named Ariella into a global conspiracy that could shatter his world and project of a lifetime to pieces.

While Ronny is far away from home, his wife, Suzy, who misses him terribly, finds herself in a troublesome situation with Shuki, an agent in the cosmetics industry.

Shuki covets Suzy and envies the couple’s success and is willing to go to any lengths to get her. When he realizes his efforts are about to fail, he decides to step up his obsessive pursuit of her by breaking all the limits.

When Ronny returns to Suzy’s arms, himself having gone through a shaking experience with Ariella, it dawns on him things have changed and he must make a difficult decision—is his love for Suzy strong enough to keep them together or perhaps it is time to part and go on new and separate paths?

 

An exceptionally well-written romantic drama.

Reviewed by Piaras for Emerald Book Reviews on February 11, 2020

Author Daniel Shahar Szichman weaves an exceptional romantic drama that will captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a compelling and intriguing story of love, obsession and jealousy in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a relatively fast paced novel that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last. It’s a very absorbing read containing messages at a deeper level that will challenge your mind.

The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. The author pays as much attention to his sentences as he does to his plots, shifting or consolidating meaning with the use of a single word. His writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create a suspenseful and dramatic atmosphere that will leave you absorbing the story and opposed to just reading it.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘When boundaries are broken, love is put to the test…Ronny, the owner of a large cosmetics company and student in a course on art, is swept into a serious adventure, when an ordinary tour around Switzerland leads him and another student named Ariella into a global conspiracy that could shatter his world and project of a lifetime to pieces.

While Ronny is far away from home, his wife, Suzy, who misses him terribly, finds herself in a troublesome situation with Shuki, an agent in the cosmetics industry. Shuki covets Suzy and envies the couple’s success and is willing to go to any lengths to get her. When he realizes his efforts are about to fail, he decides to step up his obsessive pursuit of her by breaking all the limits.

When Ronny returns to Suzy’s arms, himself having gone through a shaking experience with Ariella, it dawns on him things have changed and he must make a difficult decision—is his love for Suzy strong enough to keep them together or perhaps it is time to part and go on new and separate paths?.’

Now, if that’s not enough to grab your attention, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much. It’s a first-class romantic drama with perfect pacing.

Beneath Our Skin had every element a good story should have. An interesting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Daniel Shahar Szichman in the future. I would highly recommend this book. A well-deserved five stars from me.

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Shahar-Szichman is a businessman, an optometrist, and formerly, an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He is also devoted to sports (horseback riding, motorcycling, diving, river boating, and skiing), playing the saxophone and painting. Besides his other activities, from a young age Daniel writes poetry, short stories and novels. His book, Beneath Our Skin, now in English, was published in Hebrew with much success. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives in Israel by the sea, together with his family and his dog Linda, a cute border collie. The fact that he studied economics and sociology is fully reflected in the way his characters and story are built in his books.

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