- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426714661
- ISBN-13: 978-1426714665
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,263,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. He has authored more than sixty books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, children’s works as well as books on history, culture and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special and does college basketball play-by-play. Ace lives in Arkansas. Learn more about him by visiting AceCollins.com.
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Meg is an ER nurse who is Leslie’s cousin and is shocked when a young woman near death is wheeled into the emergency room. She calls up from deep within herself the ability to hold herself together while seeing such brutality. What she later realizes is that she knows the patient, and the patient has been running away from her life in the small town of Springville for years.
Leslie’s mother is a character almost beyond description and is not the most caring or compassionate mother when she first sees the scars left by the assault to her daughter; all she can see is lost money. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, the police are stumped and not sure how to proceed.
In the meantime, as Leslie vainly tries to end her suffering, she is engaged with a little patient in the same hospital who suffers similar pain. Is the pain merely skin deep or does it go all the way into the soul of the victim? Will those who did such a violent act ever be brought to trial?
By the way, a high school flame comes to visit Leslie just after her first surgery and she is unable to view anything other than blue eyes. Leslie believes she is “ugly” through and through and if Hunter is interested in her it is a missionary date and nothing more, but is it? For those who don’t know what missionary dating is, it is going out with someone for reasons other than relationship interest.
So many characters bring this novel to life that the reader might even forget this isn’t reality! Each time I started a new chapter the climax kept building as the reader knows that the antagonist isn’t simply going to disappear. The questions beg to be asked of how will he or she be caught and brought to justice through good police work or cooking oil? Now you might want to know what I mean by police work and cooking oil, it is clue which will be understood once the novel is read!
Since Leslie can no longer be a model and believes she has no other life beyond her past endeavors, as well as no high school diploma, what are her options? Where is her faith in the Lord and does she trust Him to bring about the healing of her heart along with the deepest desires of her heart?
Another must read from this author! Loved it!
This is my second Ace Collin's book that I've reviewed, the first was Darkness Before Dawn.
That book explored the effects of a deadly car wreck caused by a drunk teenage driver, through the eyes of Meg Richards who lost the man who was her husband and the father of her unborn child.
Grief, anger, revenge, loss, justice, mercy, and then a final decision that rests in Meg's hands, that's what filled those pages. I was able to feel Meg's emotions as I read, and that book has made my must read list.
In The Cutting Edge, we follow the story of Leslie Rhoads, a woman of natural and nearly flawless beauty. A woman whose face is both a blessing and a curse, it's a product for sale in her modeling career and its her identity in all of her life.
At times I was shaking my head while reading, think about the exploitation culture that can exist in the high-profile modeling/acting/entertaining world. The Use-'Em-Up-Sell-It-While-It's-Hot mentality that rules the young starlet's lives, often before they even understand what's happening.
You see it around you: fresh faced girls suddenly appearing in ads/films/etc that capitalize on one thing: youthful, innocent beauty showed off seductively. For some reason, that impossible to maintain paradox of girl-next-door-turned-lady-of-the-night captivates America. And that's why the biggest move of Leslie's career was going to be accepting a Passion Nights perfume contract.
And then, when it all came crashing down as a broken Scotch bottle slashed her face into a map of scars, I ached for Leslie and was riveted by her struggle to find her own soul that had quietly waited to be discovered beyond her obvious loveliness.
I don't want to give away the plot. Let me just say that along with a host of vibrant new characters,
this book features a very special character from Darkness Before Dawn, whom I was delighted to meet again.
As an item of note, I was convinced that I had discovered a character was going to be big trouble in this story...I thought he was a villain. Poor guy, he turned out to be the best person in Leslie's life in a long time. Obviously I'm too suspicious!
So be ready to think. Did the death of her modeling dream mean the death of Leslie Rhoads... or was there more to her beyond her looks? I was left mulling on how I might react if my face, the part of us that the world tends to evaluate first, were to be changed like Leslie's was. Good question.
Would I believe what I would tell Leslie?
And at times, near the end of this story, be ready to laugh out loud once or twice.
Thank you Abingdon for my review copy!