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The Cutting Edge by [Helle, Darcia]
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About the Author

Darcia Helle has a head full of characters insisting their stories be told. Originally from Massachusetts, she now writes in the sunshine of Florida. She lives with her husband, in a home ruled by spoiled animals. You can learn more about Darcia and her books at: http://www.DarciaHelle.com

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  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publication Date: July 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003URRSRS
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By Barbara Ensign on September 16, 2010
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This is a must read for anyone who goes to the hairdresser, is a hairdresser or just plain likes serial killers.

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.
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I have never read a book more amazing and intriguing as The Cutting Edge by Darcia Helle. I found it hard to put this book down. Every chapter kept me wanting more and more to find out the identity of the serial killer. And when you think you know who it is, you are stunned (similar to the way the killer stunned his victims!) to find out you were wrong! This is an amazing book that is filled with mystery, humor, love, and also makes you explore your inner thoughts of that "unruly customer". I urge anyone to read this extraordinary work and after reading I bet you will take a look at yourself and laugh how much you can relate to Skye!
For anyone in the service industry this book is a MUST READ!!!!!
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"The Cutting Edge" features Lilly Skye Destiny Summers, a hair stylist. L.S.D. (yes, she's the child of hippies), better know as "Skye," tells her story in the first person. She feels like someone you know. It no doubt helped that the author was once a hair stylist herself. The descriptions of the salon and clients are uncanny.

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."
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Let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading Darcia Helle's latest book "The Cutting Edge". I don't often read mystery novels because I don't have the patience to plod through an array of minutiae and red herrings. I received a copy of "The Cutting Edge" from a friend. When I started to read, I realized I was into a fast-paced, darkly funny, psychological study of a true killer and a "potential" killer, and I was hooked.

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.
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I will never take my hair stylist for granted again after reading this book! LSD ( Lilly Skye Destiny) Summers is a hairdresser and is known as Skye. Skye is happily married to Scott Skyler (hence her need to keep using her maiden name), loves her dogs and her parents who are hippies. But when it comes to her clients and her husband's ex and her daughter ... they're in different book altogether. They seem to grate on Skye's nerves and drive her crazy. So crazy, that Skye envisions using her hairdressing tools as weapons when her clients are rude, thoughtless, inconsiderate and think her job is easy. Her husband's ex keeps trying to get more money out of Skye and Scott which even if she doesn't get it ...ends up going to the lawyer who helps to keep the ex from getting it. And then there is the Mass Avenger: a serial killer out to punish women who think they are better than the men they deal with. Skye is unaware that as she is dreaming of gouging out the eyes of her clients, stabbing them in the jugular -- the killer has his eye on her; but not as a possible victim.

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?
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