Burruga is a small mining town located in Australia. The most exciting thing that happens are the fights at the local pubs. That is, until a local girl, Colleen, is found murdered. Now, among the townspeople there lives a murderer. The question is who? Could it be Albert Holding, a man who refuses to go to the mine? Or maybe the murderer was one of his sons, Eddie or Larry? Perhaps the murderer is Mr. Butcher, who mysteriously disappears every weekend. Or what about Mayor Paley, who loves talking about his victory. Then again, no one else wanted the position of mayor.
Cold Skin is a story told in verse. This helps create an intense atmosphere that goes perfect with the storyline. Another thing to know about Cold Skin is that there are about 8-10 different point of views. Each point of view was about a short 1-2 pages. For a book that’s less than 300 pages, that can seem like too much in a little amount of space, but Herrick effectively incorporated them in the book. The many point of views helps readers get an idea of what Burruga and its people are like. Herrick did a great job creating Burruga. Not only is Burruga a realistic town, but it’s also distinctive which really sets it apart from other fictional towns.
The different point of views also meant that guessing the murderer was hard. Once the murderer was revealed, I was shocked! I was not really shocked at who the murderer was, but rather how the murderer was caught and who caught him/her. While overall, the many point of views and the verse worked effectively, there were a few problems. Following the different point of views could be confusing. Several times I had to go back and remember exactly who was who. Because of the verse, several parts of the book have to read slowly and carefully. Otherwise, readers will miss important details. Having said that the pros of using different point of views and verse greatly exceeded the cons. 🙂