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The Cutting Edge by [Helle, Darcia]
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About the Author

Darcia Helle has a head full of characters insisting their stories be told. Originally from Massachusetts, she now writes in the sunshine of Florida. She lives with her husband, in a home ruled by spoiled animals. You can learn more about Darcia and her books at: http://www.DarciaHelle.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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The Cutting Edge brings us into the world of hairdresser Skye, a kindly but harassed animal lover who finds that an ever increasing frustration with dealing with customers is driving her to ever-more murderous thoughts: she wields scissors that would love to cut carotid arteries and slice away ears. Cleverly, Darcia Helle leads us to think initially that Skye's homicidal fantasies about her dreadful clients - who variously behave selfishly, abuse her good nature and even have hygiene issues - is going to lead her to actually commit murder.

However, the Mass Avenger is the one who's really killing women in the small provincial town. And the reader is made aware of his ever-increasing interest in Skye that she has no knowledge of: thus creating an almost like a Hitchcockian build-up of tension that escalates higher and higher until it almost reaches breaking point. We see Skye from the monster's point of view, and she's totally unaware of it.

One murder after another is interspersed with lighter moments, with Skye's nice husband and lovable parents re-homing dogs and seeing the best in people. The book culminates in a thrilling climax, which I won't reveal - read the book and find out!

The interest in the book for me was the contrast of Skye's nice normal agreeable family life with that of the vicious lonely sociopath who preys on women: a heroine you can like and a murderer you can hate. Also I enjoyed the insight into a hairdresser's world, where seemingly balanced, likeable people can behave with such appalling self regard and tactlessness without even realising that their selfishness and cruel words can cause such harm.
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From page 1, where Darcia Helle's protagonist introduces herself as Lilly Skye Destiny Summers (LSD Summers -- named by her hippie parents), and then goes on to explain that she is known as Skye, and her husband's surname is Skyler, so she kept her maiden name, I knew that I was going to enjoy this book!
Anyone who has worked in a job where they have to deal with the general public on a daily basis will appreciate the humour in this book.
Skye is a hairdresser and begins to have fantasies about killing her clients. She has reached the stage where she no longer enjoys her job and her clients irritate her. On top of that her husband's ex is causing problems. Skye wants her dead.
At the same time as Skye is having these murderous thoughts, there is a serial killer loose in town. He is killing women, seemingly randomly, no one is safe.
The book is written in the first person where Skye is narrating her daily life, and then in the third person where we follow the 'Mass Avenger', the serial killer, as he takes revenge on women for the way his mother treated him. He believes women use their 'power' to break men down. He sees something different in Skye, though. He is one of her clients. He becomes obsessed with her but does not want to kill her. He has other plans.
This is a murder mystery which you will not want to put down. Helle has written an entertaining, psychological thriller. One minute you will be laughing at Skye's wild thoughts, the next you will be on the edge of your seat wondering about the fate of the women abducted by the Mass Avenger. There is some violence in the book, prepare to be shocked. Also, prepare to be amazed by Helle's skill at crafting a book that hooks you from the first page, keeps you captive to the very last, and leaves you feeling awestruck.
This book reminds us how daily toils can turn us into someone we don't like, and that we should be careful what we wish for...
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Storyline: ...with her razor sharp wit and even sharper critiques of the main character's agonizingly annoying hair salon clients.

We meet Skye at the peak (or would it be low point?) of her career as a small town hairstylist who has just about had it up to her eyeballs with the daily complaints, snarky comments and just general absurdity of her clientele. Skye begins to have morbid and detailed fantasies about giving her customers something to actually complain about.

And that's when the murders begin. Someone is killing women and calling themselves The Mass Avenger. The killer claims to be righting the injustices of those who feel they're entitled in this world.

The Cutting Edge is a quick, hard to put down and delicious read that's absolutely hilarious and keeps the reader guessing until very nearly the end.

Grammar/Spelling: I noticed some very minor grammar/formatting discrepancies. Perhaps one more read-through from a beta reader would clear that up.

Character Development: Poor Lilly Skye Destiny Summers. All she wants to do is her job: cut, color and style hair and all she seems to get are women (and even men) who do nothing but complain about this, that and bacon fat. Now all Skye wants to do is commit hairstyle homicide with her surgically sharpened shears. Skye is very relatable because everyone has been there: the fake plastic smile; the underappreciated work; the selfish people that we must put up with in our daily lives... How great would it be if we could really give some of those people a good what-for?! Ms. Helle makes it possible to live vicariously, somewhat, through Skye's daily grin and bear it grind.

Diane is Scott's (Skye's husband) vindictive ex-girlfriend and mother of their now 18 year old daughter.
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