BOOK REVIEW: The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver, is an international bestselling author and has won many accolades for his work, including the Lincoln Rhyme Thrillers such as this. His writing style is easy to read and sucks you in – in an instant.

A violent torture and murder of a diamond cutter, an engaged couple collecting their ring and a young man, a witness running injured from the scene in NYC.

Why were these innocent people were killed – money, diamonds or revenge?

The book has a very complicated plot and observation to detail is extraordinary and sublime. One of the best Crime Thrillers I have read in a while.

The murders and violent attacks continue, witnesses and other young couples due to be married attacked. As the killer tracks and catches his prey it becomes clear that the murderer has a larger plan, could it be that he’s just plain mad, evil or working for a stronger more powerful cause?

The witness VL escapes the scene, he was so endearing, a clever twist to pull the reader in a little more, but what lengths will the killer go to find him? I was just willing VL to survive and outwit his persecutor at every opportunity – to remain one step ahead.

With the murderer hunting down his prey, Forensic Crime Investigators/NYPD Consultants Sachs and Rhyme tackle this case of ‘The Promisor’ following the evidence….tracking the killer and piecing the evidence together. Amelia Sachs is a strong woman and master of investigation and is married to Lincoln Rhyme, they work within the New York Police Department as a team, examining the mountains of evidence. What I really found endearing though was Deaver explored the vulnerabilities and humanity of both Sachs and Rhymes, which added another dimension to their characters and endeared the book further to my heart.

I loved this book and was hooked from the very first page, I enjoyed the unusual subject matter and the chase, straight out of the blocks this book is like a sprinter, unrelenting as the chase starts immediately! It is extremely well written and Jeffery Deaver uses a deft touch in his writing with many twists and turns littered on every page, all serving the intrinsic beauty of the plot. Some readers may find the many characters a little confusing but they are all fighting for their place to belong in the story, each adding to the important layers of the book and each playing their part in the conspiracy.

Intricate and complicated with a fast pace that kept me hooked from the first chapter. If I wasn’t reading the book, I was thinking about it, a real master at work.

Loved every minute and definitely a recommendation for any book club!

The Cutting Edge is published by Hodder & Stoughton and is available here.

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Jeffery Deaver

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JEFFERY DEAVER is the bestselling author of thirty-five novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bond thriller, Carte Blanche, as well as three collections of short stories and a non-fiction law book. A former journalist, attorney and folksinger, he has been shortlisted for and received numerous awards around the world, including Novel of the Year from the International Thriller Writers Association for The Bodies Left Behind, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller from the British Crime Writers Association, and the British Thumping Good Read Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author. Last year he received two lifetime achievement awards, one in Italy and one in the United States. He lives in North Carolina.

Reviewed by Amanda Brightman

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