Laurie Moran has been looking over her shoulder for five years. Her husband Greg was in the park playing with their three-year-old son, Timmy, when he was shot and killed. As the killer, dubbed “Blue Eyes” by Timmy, raced off, he shouted that Laurie was next, and then Timmy.
But Laurie is also absorbed in her career at the TV station, and her father, Leo, a retired cop, has taken on the task of guarding Timmy when she is at work.
Her current project is to bring together the four college graduates who were celebrating, along with numerous others, in the home of Robert and Betsy Powell when Betsy was smothered by a pillow during the early morning hours. The crime was never solved.
The graduates were: Claire Bonner, Betsy’s daughter, and now a social worker; Nina Craig, a divorcee living in Hollywood with her mother Muriel, who was once dating Robert before he married Betsy; Alison Schaefer, a pharmacist in a small pharmacy in Cleveland, who is married to Rod, disabled after a hit-and-run accident destroyed his football career; and Regina Callari, living in Florida, and divorced, with a college son and a small real estate business.
When the women agree to participate in the show, Graduation Gala, with a promise of hefty remuneration from the producers, but largely from Robert Powell, they all come to the small suburban community near Manhattan for the filming of events for the reality TV show.
Behind the scenes is Jane, the loyal housekeeper who has been a significant part of Robert Powell’s life for years. What is behind her obsessive need to please?
As I’ve Got You Under My Skin unfolds, we learn more about each of the characters and how each of them had possible motives for killing Betsy. Their secrets leave them open to blackmail, dirty deeds, and other events that complicate matters, while hovering behind the scenes is a very real threat to Laurie in the form of Blue Eyes, disguised as a gardener. Who is he really, and what is his story?
The story kept me rapidly turning pages, trying to figure out who, if anyone, among the graduates might have done the deed, but there were some red herrings, and others connected to the family that might also be guilty.
Each person’s perspective, including that of Blue Eyes, offers us intriguing layers as we wait to find out the answers. And as the clock ticks, danger mounts. Will Blue Eyes carry out his dastardly plans? Will one of the graduates break down and confess? Or will someone seemingly irrelevant be the killer?
In the end, I was only somewhat surprised by the reveal…and then, in an epilogue, the author ties up loose ends rather quickly, which was nicely done, but somewhat underwhelming. 4.0 stars.