Cut

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Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Love pulp fiction? Just try putting down CUT. CUT is full of saints and sinners you'll love to hate. Sex, ethics, religions, and mythologies clash as you dig deeper into their connection to the death of a young couple. More

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About Erin ORiordan

Erin O'Riordan lives in the Midwestern United States with her husband and co-author Tit Elingtin. Her erotic stories, essays, and film reviews have been published in numerous magazines and websites. She loves world mythology for both its spirituality and storytelling value and refuses to choose any one faith. The ideal trap for Erin O'Riordan would be baited with dark chocolate, espresso drinks, and Christian Bale movies.

Readers can view more of O'Riordan's work, including free samples, at www.aeess.com.

Tit Elingtin has been described as "Cautiously Reckless" and a Renaissance man. He knows something about everything. He is truly a jack of all trades, master of some. www.TitElingtin.com

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josemcclain reviewed on on Sep. 15, 2015

Thriller with a chilling atmosphere and lots of tension

That the authors can create rich and somewhat chilling atmosphere is proved by this book. At the very beginning, atmosphere is what sets the tone for the rest of the novel. Notice how rich and powerful the following imagery is:

"Behind the Virgin’s head, the cherubim dissolved into an orange haze. In the light of the burning votives, the whole room seemed to glow orange."

In the second case, the contrasting images only highlight the unconventional and tense nature of the book:

"She made the first cut above her knee, curving her wrist to angle the razor down toward the floor. She felt the acute sting over her thin skin. She made another cut higher up her leg, deep into the flesh of her thigh. Fred grimaced as the blood flowed freely. She wondered if she’d struck muscle.
The Immaculate Conception of the Escorial looked up to the heavens as if pretending not to notice. The choir sang: "Lord, make me a means of your peace…"

Oddly enough, I did not find most of the characters themselves to be anything stellar. The only character I liked was that of Judy (she was as though the odd one out, so to speak), the rest lacked depth. Thankfully the dialogs and the plot itself are the saving grace. I found the dialogs to be highly realistic. You can understand quite a bit about a character (even the ones lacking in obvious depth overall) by paying close attention to that character's dialogs:

Diana listened for a long time, then said, "Brigid, hold on a minute. I’m with my boyfriend." She listened for a moment, then looked at Tim. "It’s my sister," she told him. "I’ll take this in the kitchen."

Likewise, Travis's aggravation is brought out well by the following:

"Monica never knew it, but she had this really rare condition. Her uterus was, I don’t know, divided into two sections or something. There was this extra wall in there that women aren’t supposed to have. The doctor should have known about it before, but she didn’t. She let Monica go ahead and push anyway, even though she was bleeding so heavily. She was screaming from the pain, Darius. That was when they made me leave. I was freaking out, cursing at the doctor. I couldn’t think of what else to do. Monica was in so much pain and there was nothing else I could do to help her."

The story flows well and the looming tension is apparent throughout the book. It consists of the usual (as well as some unusual) plot twists and turns. You get both love triangle and death, but what is most surprising is that even when you think you know enough, you just can't predict the ending at all! Swear words are used sparingly. Recommended for fans of thrillers and erotica.

If only the chapter had unique names to them (rather than just numerals) it would have been a nice touch.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Kate Yamakazi reviewed on on Sep. 9, 2015

The description dared me to try putting this book down. Well I couldn't! The suspense is a killer and the plot twists and turns like a rollercoaster on acid. The mad love triangle between Brigid, Fred, and Edward hooked me hard and the mystery of the dead couple only adds to the tension and suspense. Loved the writing, very crisp and sharp and the way it drew the tension out had me flipping pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next. So often I can totally see what direction a plot is going but "Cut" proved completely unpredictable. If you like fast paced stories with addictive (and addicted) characters, twisted sexual liaisons, and a whole lotta drama you'll love this!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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