I love this character! She's sweet and funny under her tough exterior. It's not often I read a book and think, "I want to be friends with her" about a main character. The suspense is solid and kept me reading all night. I can't wait to read the second book.
Great police procedural about a serial killer and a feisty female detective with a large extended family. Very suspenseful but clean with no sex or language and a heroine who talks to God. Definitely a thrilling thriller.
This book is phenomenal! The heroine is deeply flawed, yet still entirely likeable. The action scenes are incredibly realistic, taking into consideration female limitations, injuries, and adrenaline surges. And the twists are perfectly timed: You're positive you've figured it out, when all of a sudden you realize how wrong you were - they're twists you didn't see coming, yet in hindsight, they make complete sense.
This is one of the best-written books I have read in a long time (and I read quite a bit!). I cannot recommend it enough.
Cuts Like A Knife was either about a very dumb detective or it was written by a very poor writer. That was my initial opinion about half way through the book. I may have been right, I may have been wrong. But whichever, the book was worth the time I spent working through the story.
Kristen is a Chicago cop and the daughter of a Chicago cop. Though her father had died the previous year, he was a well-respected member of the force. And that connection provided part of the support needed for the promotion to detective.
What she did not know was that she was the primary target of a serial killer - his fifty-third target. But it was not only her life that was in danger, but it included her partner, Don, the team composed of CPD cops and the FBI assigned to the case, and her family that were at risk.
Though the story focuses on the search, identification, and capture of the serial killer, there is also a glimpse at what the God's grace can offer to broken people - even people who do not know they are broken. Kristen needs to experience that grace, but she also learns to share that grace with those around her.
Written entirely in the first person, by Kristen, a Chicago based blogger, and the serial killer himself, the story holds the reader's attention from chapter one (written by the serial killer) to the last page. I will look forward to future books from this new author.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
The opening chapter of Cuts Like a Knife is narrated by a psychopath planning his next event, and is spine-chillingly outstanding. The main narrator is Kristen, and her point of view is interspersed with short chapters from the murderer and from a online vlogger.
Kristen is a Chicago Police Department detective, soccer coach for her niece's team, and almost-ex girlfriend of Dell (it would be a lot easier to become the ex if Mom didn't keep inviting him home for dinner). She's just been appointed to a team investigating the murder of a young woman, because the FBI suspect she isn't a lone victim: instead, she is the 48th victim of a serial killer that has struck six previous cities.
Kristen is a very matter of fact narrator with a dry sense of humour. She's not a girlie girl, but that fits her tough persona, a hardnosed cop in a family where her sisters have achieved as stereotypical women (one is a pastor's wife, the other is a beautiful TVnews reporter). Kristen is not even close to perfect, unlike many Christian fiction heroines. She has anger issues stemming from her father's death, she disobeys orders and while she can hold up her end in a fight, she is not great with a firearm.
It soon becomes apparent to the reader that the killer is setting Kristen up to be his victim, which raises the ante and makes finding him even more important, but then there is a twist... I don't put spoilers in my reviews but I have to say that this one kept me on the edge. Gilroy is good at employing flashes of humour to cut through the tension, and at giving us a feel for the level of horror without needing to spell out the gory details.
As a Christian literary agent, Mark Gilroy will have seen thousands of manuscripts, and must have a pretty good idea of what is good and what sells. Knowing what is good and what is not does not automatically mean that you (or I) can write something that actually is good. But Mark has managed to cross this barrier, and I recommend Cuts Like A Knife to anyone who likes a good thriller. I hope the ending is setting us up for a sequel, because this is an excellent first novel, and I would certainly read more from Mark Gilroy. Just not late at night...
Thanks to Worthy Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.