Saturday, 15 December 2012

'Cut Short' by Leigh Russell

This year I've read countless books and I wondered if anyone would be interested in a quick overview.... I'll try not to give anything away in case you haven't read them.

Leigh Russell is a name to be reckoned with in the crime fiction scene and 'Cut Short' is the book that launched her into the sphere.

It introduces readers to DI Geraldine Steel, new to the Woolmarsh police station and very definitely the new girl in town in every respect. DI Steel battles to fit in, not only with her new colleagues, but with DCI Kathryn Gordon.  The young DS Peterson is keen to assist her and together they find themselves hunting down a serial killer.

Leigh builds a gripping tale by cleverly knitting together various aspects.  Geraldine is targeted with hate mail, which builds a back story of her character into the novel and aids her mission to blend into the new team at Woolmarsh.  We learn of Geraldine's past love life and the stains this has left her with.

The character of Jim Curtis is crafted with talent and skill. As if this wasn't enough there are various sub-plots associated with the killer's victims, that provide the reader with glimpes into the crime and why the victims were chosen.

'Cut Short' is a good read and comes with high recommendation.

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