Under The Skin is one of those books that is hard to discuss without spoiling it for those who have not read it… But I will try.
The plot is based around the central character Isserly, an alien, who has been surgically altered to look mostly human, but with Barbie-doll-esque assets, sent to Earth on a dastardly mission. She completes her mission by driving around the A9 in Scotland, collecting hitchhikers in her car. Of course you will have to read the book to discover the purpose behind her collection.
In fact there is little I can say about Under The Skin, accept; it is a wonderful mix of Sci-fi and horror. The writing is superb, and the story zips along at a tremendous pace. (I am sure an average paced reader could finish this in an afternoon).
Of course you could also skip reading this book and just watch the film (which I haven’t seen yet), but what would be the fun in that?
Scrap that, I have just been talking to someone who has seen the film, and they have decribed it as being awesome, but nothing like the book.