Book Review THE CUTTING ROOM by Ashley Dyer
THE CUTTING ROOM by Ashley Dyer
Carver and Lake, Book 2
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark, chilling, and gripping thriller which keeps you guessing until the very end.
THE CUTTING ROOM is the second book in the Carver and Lake series, and it is so freaking good. These authors came to play with this story. For those who read the first novel, expect this one to have heightened suspense, more twists, more turns, and a deeper bond forming between Ruth and Greg.
So here is the thing. I enjoyed the first book, and it was a solid start to the series. However, THE CUTTING ROOM blew me away. The level of tension, deceit, and intrigue was only made better by bringing more of our lead investigators backstory into the mix. These authors manage to make even the most detailed prose compelling and downright addictive.
With all this said, I absolutely loved how the duo brought art into this narrative. They pushed limits with what the killer was doing, but also managed to address a more significant question of what is art. Do graffitists or tattooists count as artists? Does murdering people and creating “exhibits” that are designed to cause reaction count as art? I want to say hell no to the latter, but the idea makes one think. At what level do we stop engaging with people or artists and bring in the authorities? As a culture, we are so desensitized, and this book addresses that. Basically, we have an entertaining thriller with a powerful message hidden inside. Well done!
All I have to say is if this series keeps up the momentum, we are all in for one fabulously dark and twisty ride with Carver and Lake. …And I am here for it!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver, introduced in the electrifying Splinter in the Blood, must stop a serial killer whose victims are the centerpiece of his macabre works of art.
While Britain is obsessed with the newest hit true-crime television show, Fact, or Fable? detectives Ruth Lake and Greg Carver are tormented by a fiendish flesh-and-blood killer on the loose.
Lured to a “crime scene” by a mysterious digital invitation, Ruth Lake is horrified by what she finds: a bizarre and gruesome tableau surrounded by a crowd of gawkers. The deadly work is the latest “art installation” designed by a diabolical criminal dubbed the Ferryman. Not only is this criminal cold-blooded; he’s a narcissistic exhibitionist desperate for an audience. He’s also clever at promoting his deadly handiwork. Exploiting England’s current true-crime craze, he uses social media to titillate and terrorize the public.
Ruth is joined in the investigation by her partner Greg Carver, who is slowly regaining his strength after a run-in with another sadistic criminal. But Greg can’t seem to shake the bewildering effects of the head wound that nearly ended him. Are the strange auras blurring his vision an annoying side effect of his injury, or could they be something more . . . a tool to help him see a person’s true nature?
In this utterly engrossing and thrilling tale of suspense, a pair of seasoned detectives face off against a wickedly smart and inventive psychopath in a tense, bloody game that leads to a shocking end.
About the Author: Ashley Dyer is a writing duo based in the United Kingdom.
Margaret Murphy is a Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. Under her own name she has published nine psychological suspense and police procedural novels.
Helen Pepper is a senior lecturer in policing at Teesside University. She has been an analyst, forensic scientist, scene of crime officer, CSI, and crime scene manager. She has coauthored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she is a judge for the CWA’s Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Award, and is a forensic consultant on both the Vera and Shetland TV series.
Series: Carver and Lake, Book 2
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (June 18, 2019)
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