“…a really good skin graft after a really bad fire.”

She’s an unlikely hero. Lilah’s tall and skinny and looks like an art deco ornament. She wears charcoal eyeliner on her big blue eyes, and a Louise Brooks bob so dark that it sheens blue. As with all great natural beauties, she simultaneously doesn’t feel attractive and frets about losing her looks. She once flew to London and spent two hundred and fifty quid having her hair dyed the same colour as it was when she left. Recently, at a Botox party, the man got drunk and injected her too much. Lilah says her forehead now looks like a really good skin graft after a really bad fire.

From Denise Mina‘s The Less Dead (2020)

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