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Top Customer Reviews
For some reason people get in that chair and just start babbling about their personal/professional lives, well Lilly Skye Destiny Summers is about to expose you!
LSD Summers for short, yes, her parents are hippies, is a hairdresser. While she is entertaining us with the escapades of her clientele, there is a serial killer on the lose in her small town and he has fixated on Lilly, and wants her to be his partner.
Scott, Lilly's husband is just about perfect, his only flaw was sleeping with Diane 18 years ago and breeding the spawn of satan.
Darcia and Bob Helle will have you guessing at every turn of the pages as to who the serial killer is. They mix the humor and second guessing who the killer is at every turn. You will be chasing your tail with this book, going back and forth as to who the serial killer is, which is a nice change of pace.
For anyone in the service industry this book is a MUST READ!!!!!
Skye is a vegetarian - but you would not know it from her Dexter-like daydreams. While she calmly cuts hair, her fevered imagination thrusts scissors through necks and eyeballs.
But then we are presented with the disturbing, truly murderous mind of a serial killer. (Ms. Helle cleverly shifts to the 3rd person for these parts). As it happens, he knows Skye. The confrontation is inevitable. But is our hairdresser all bravado and no clout?
I was reminded of David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" in the stark contrast between Skye's everyday world - and truly sick, unregenerate evil.
Ms. Helle is a talented writer with a sure voice and deft descriptions. I particularly enjoyed her razor wit. Just guessing, but I imagine Darcia exorcised a few of her own demons through writing "The Cutting Edge."
I immediately identified with the main character, Skye Summers, who symbolizes an "everywoman" character living in the ubiquitous small town environment and working long hours at a job that she doesn't find fulfilling. Skye relieves the boredom and frustration of her work day in a beauty salon by fantasizing about using her salon tools to maim and kill her most annoying customers. Anyone who has ever held a job and served the public can identify with those thoughts. See how many of Skye's violent scenarios might match your own thoughts on a trying work day!
Skye is juxtaposed with a local serial killer, the Mass Avenger, who is systematically ridding the world of women that he believes are dangerous to men. With every murder, the Mass Avenger becomes more morally convinced that he is doing "the right thing", while Skye struggles with her increasingly uncontrollable thoughts of violence that she knows are wrong. Throw in a difficult teenager and a manipulating "ex" and you have a book layered with intriguing mind games. It was especially clever of the author to craft a conclusion that will have you examining your own thoughts and motivation in life.
This is the third Darcia Helle book that I have read and each one has been totally different and equally as exciting. I love that her books are so different. This one has a bit of dark humor to it as the reader can understand Skye's "urge to kill" considering what some of her clients say and do and expect of her. This reader wanted to slap them up the side of the face herself. Skye isn't really a bad character; she just associates with some annoying people! I like to read using immersion reading, listening to the audio version while reading and the audio of this book definitely enhances the reading. The narrator's voice just eeks with the frustration Skye feels. Although she didn't start out that way, will Skye soon become a possible victim for the Mass Avenger?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I almost don't know what to say. I started out laughing, and then it wasn't funny any more. It was riveting! What a story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mj
I enjoyed this book. I purchased it because I am a hairdresser and it sounded interesting. It was a good suspenseful story.Published 4 months ago by fendi
This book is fighting and humorous all rolled into one. I think I can truly say everyone who works with the public has had the same feeling at one time or another. Read morePublished 5 months ago by becky
This book was a fast paced and the author did a splendid job of creating interesting characters that really came to life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by OHbeachlover
The fact that the main character is a hairdresser is what first got me interested in this story as I am a ex-hairdresser. Read morePublished 13 months ago by 224perweek
A simple story about a girl with a seriously intense imagination that happens to cut the hair of a serial killer. Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by Demonite
This was a good read that was fun and sometimes disturbing. I really enjoyed Skye and at times I could was very sympathetic but at times the descriptions of her clients got a bit... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Dierdra McGill
The Cutting Edge brings us into the world of hairdresser Skye, a kindly but harassed animal lover who finds her ever increasing frustration with dealing with her public is driving... Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Geoffrey West