Skin is a novel by Creator/TedDekker, and happens in the same universe as Literature/TheCircleSeries, Literature/TheParadiseNovels, and Literature/TheLostBooks.
A freak storm in the small town of Summerville, Nevada forces four people to seek shelter the basement of a doctor's house: Colt, a cop chasing down a SerialKiller called (Sterling) Red, Wendy, a woman who escaped a cult and HatesBeingTouched, [[TheCynic cynical]] gamer Jerry, and siblings inhumanly beautiful Nicole and occultist Carey. When they emerge, they find that the town is gone and are sucked into Red's mind games.
!!This book provides examples of the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: All of the main protagonists except Pinkus.
* CanonWelding: At the end, Colt is wearing a [[Creator/TedDekker Forest Guard shirt.]] Also, Sterling [[Literature/TheCircleSeries RED]]!
* FakingTheDead: Colt does this briefly , [[spoiler: as does Sterling Red, as Tim Healy]].
* FreudianExcuse: Colt, Carey and Nicole.
* HatesBeingTouched: Wendy.
* KilledOffForReal: Nicole, Carey, and Tim Healy.
%%* ParentalNeglect: Colt.
%%* ScarsAreForever: [[spoiler:Nicole]].
%%* TheGameNeverStopped: TWICE!
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: The theme in Skin ("We are all ugly inside").
%%* TheUnfavourite: Carey.