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The First Cut|Book Review

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42116974Title: The Final Cut

Author: Ellery A. Kane

Pages: 336

Rating: ★.5

Synopsis: There’s a thin line between love and murder.

When “Love Doctors” Ian and Kate Culpepper are brutally murdered in their Carmel mansion on Valentine’s Day, Ava knows it’s karma. Because Ian’s leaving her for perfect Kate four years ago had cut her bone deep. And then they had the nerve to show up here, on her turf. With their perfect house and their perfect daughter and their matching perfect smiles.

It’s no wonder Ava can’t stop watching. It’s no wonder she can’t let go.

But Ian is far from perfect, and Ava owes a debt too. For the unforgivable thing they’d done together. The dark deed that severed their marriage in two. When Ava’s name is found inked in blood at the crime scene, a reckoning seems inevitable. Someone knows what she’s hiding. Someone sees what she’s done. And karma is ready to collect its pound of flesh.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to review. All thoughts are my own.

Non-Spoiler Review

So this book is the third book in a series which I didn’t know but fear not because (to me) you don’t need to read the other two books to read this book!

This was a pretty crazy book. I thought this was a pretty well done mystery/suspense book. I got pretty wrapped up in the mystery once I got into the book and didn’t want to put it down which is what I want from a mystery book.

The main character Ava was quite a character. She was often very frustrating at times and usually this annoys me but I found it fitting for this book. Throughout the book she makes some frustrating choices and at times I just wish I could of shook her by the shoulders and give her a stern talking to. Though frustrating at times, all the decisions she made felt very real which I liked.

One part of this book that I really enjoyed was the fact that the author provides little snippets of Ava’s past life and her relationship with Ian. Through these snippets we are able to get more of an idea of Ian and what he is like as a character. We also get to see the actions that led Ava to act how she is regarding relationships and I felt bad for her and what she had to deal with while in a relationship with Ian. Another cool thing that Kana did was provide articles about the murder mystery. So not only do we learn more about the case through the eyes of Ava but we learn information through the towns local newspaper.

I enjoyed Kane’s writing style. I was easily pulled into the mystery and I got invested into the murder case which is exactly what I look for when reading a mystery/suspense book. Kane also did a good job developing characters, they didn’t fall flat at all which I was super happy with.

The ending was a solid ending. I found it so cute and was defining smiling while reading that last paragraph. I’m going to try and say this next thing as well as I can without saying any spoilers. Something happens to the main character Ava and I really like how it was handled in the end and was happy the author did it the way they did.

One issue however that I had with his books as the pacing. The beginning was slow and I wasn’t really that into it. However once things start to pick up in the story, its just go go go. Something that sucked little was the fact that I guessed who committed the crime. It sort of took out the shock factor that one should get when reading a mystery/suspense book. Though I guessed who did the crime, I did not guess why they did it so I still got a sliver of the shock factor.

Overall really enjoyable book and I think I am going to try and check out the first two books in the series from my library!

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