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An evil video game
A lying Twitch streamer
A demon hungry for her secrets

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After spending the summer wracked with guilt about causing the accident that killed her little sister, ambitious gamer and chronic liar Viv returns to Twitch streaming. She never told her parents the truth about the accident, but she hopes that maybe making it big in streaming and giving the money to them is penance enough for her mistakes.

The weekend before school starts, Viv finds the perfect horror game to make her Twitch comeback, and during an offline practice run, an NPC asks Viv for a secret. She decides to tell them the truth about her sister’s death since a game could never share her secret―in doing so, she accidentally welcomes a demonic mimic into her life.

No one believes Viv when she tells them about her evil doppelganger. Viv has lied to get her best friend’s sympathy and has spread rumors for attention, so why should anyone trust her now? The only person who believes her is Ash, a cute social outcast whom Viv once bullied. In trying to clear her name and kill the mimic, Viv discovers that her lies have hurt people who never deserved it, herself included.

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Advanced Praise for Such Lovely Skin

“In mixing demonic scares, personal trauma, and online (and in-person) gaslighting this tense but fun novel feels like our very unsure, ambiguous now. I inhaled Such Lovely Skin, and now I'm even more afraid of everything.”
―Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World and A Head Full of Ghosts

 

“A wonderfully tense book that takes a long hard look at the worst parts of us. There is nothing scarier than a demonic entity who will hurt the people you love in order to hurt you, and there’s a reason it wears your face.”
-Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch


“Perfectly creepy and utterly transfixing, I devoured Such Lovely Skin in a single sitting. A masterfully crafted story of spine-tingling tension, terrifying jump scares, and heart-wrenching moments. I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next.”
―Diana Urban, award-winning author of Under the Surface

“A fast paced and thrilling trip into the nightmare of watching someone wear your face and destroy your life. This book will get under your skin in the best way possible.”
―Liselle Sambury, author of Delicious Monsters and Blood Like Magic

“Fans of J-horror and video games will absolutely devour this one. Visceral, twisty, and terrifyingly real.”
―Catherine Yu, author of Direwood and Helga

“Impeccably paced and immersive. Surveillance, guilt, and a need to belong collide with blood-curdling demonic terror. Utterly compelling!”
―Katya de Becerra, author of When Ghosts Call Us Home

“Equal parts a tragically beautiful story of overcoming grief, and a heart-pounding horror that demands to be read with the lights on, this book is utterly un-put-downable.”
―Meredith Tate, author of The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly

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About Tatiana Schlote-Bonne

Tatiana is the proud parent of two cats, Momo and Yuri. She has an MFA from The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. When she’s not writing, she’s either gaming, lifting heavy weights, or teaching people how to lift heavy weights. Such Lovely Skin is her debut novel. Learn more about Tatiana on this episode of Douchey Gym Bros! 

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