Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Cutting Edge

Darcia Helle

My name is Skye Summers. I'm a hairstylist and I can't stop fantasizing about killing my clients. Not all of them, of course. I only want to kill the ones who irritate me, which, if I'm being honest, is most of them. My occasional fantasies have turned into chronic daydreams. They're bloody and vivid, like watching a slice-and-dice movie on IMAX. I also want to kill my husband's ex-girlfriend. She's not a client but she tops my list. Eighteen years ago, she gave birth to his daughter and she has tormented him ever since. I should be troubled by this growing desire to use my surgically sharpened shears for more than a haircut. Instead, I wonder how I can get away with it.

My Take:

This book took a while for me to get into.  At first, all it really seemed like was a hair dresser whining and whining and whining about how much she hates whiners!  After a while, you get used to her complaining and the mystery aspect of the book picks up and the whole thing becomes quite engrossing.  Speaking of engrossing, more specifically the "gross" in engrossing, the serial killer in this book really grossed me out.  It honestly wasn't too gory, but icky.  I don't really have an iron stomach for violence and overall yucky stuff in books.  In real life I can handle anything, I went to school to be a EMT, and I've seen a lot of sickening stuff, which doesn't bother me, but put it in a book or  movie and I don't do so well.  Anyway, back to the book at hand, it rotates between two perspectives:  that of a hairdresser who hates her clients, fantasises about killing them (which leads her to wonder if she needs help) and the perspective of an actual serial killer who latches onto said hairdresser.  The final confrontation was more tame than I was expecting (thankfully) and though I wasn't sure throughout, by the end I felt I enjoyed the book, but my enjoyment was underwhelming.  From the description, I was hoping the book would have a bit more bite and substance than it did.  I felt like half the book could have been cut out and I wouldn't have missed much. Overall the book was not bad, not great.  With this in mind, I rate it a 4, Borrow from a Friend

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If The Cutting Edge was a movie, it would likely be rated R for some violence, sexuality and frightening adult situations

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