As an avid reader -and by avid I mean I am someone who can read an entire book in a single sitting- I am always on the hunt for new and fresh material that will really get my mind working. I love the mystery of not knowing where the author is taking their story, or to have a theory about what I think will happen only to have it shattered by an unexpected twist. I find it thrilling, like I'm being taken on a journey I never knew I wanted to go on so badly.
So, having burned through my book collection many times over, I thought it high time I made some new purchases. After all, how many times can you read a book before the spine dies on you?
I know most people are very in favour of eBooks which is great, saving paper, money and shelf space- but unfortunately when it comes to books I am very old fashioned. For me even the process of selecting a book has to be done in person, almost like some kind of ritual I suppose.
Though many people say never judge a book by its cover, I believe how a book is presented is very important. An eye-catching cover shows how much love, faith and devotion the author has for their work and after spending a good hour trolling through each shelf in Waterstones I finally made my decisions. One of the books I decided on being the topic of this post, Cut To The Bone by Alex Caan.
Alex Caan has made an amazing first impact as an author by releasing Cut To The Bone. The novelist takes our worst fears imaginable when it comes to our online profiles and turns them into a gruesome reality for the protagonist Ruby Day.
In this day and age we are so active online and for the most part we post content involving our private lives without giving it a second thought. We share our thoughts, feelings, and even images with total strangers and because it is all done through the comfort of our own homes or familiar surroundings we often don't think about who we are sharing our lives with. We don't consider the potential dangers that could arise because we lull ourselves into a false sense of security.
Ruby Day is an average young woman who became a successful vlogger on her YouTube channel. Unfortunately for her she was not only catapulted into a world of fame and fortune but mystery and secrets also ultimately leads to her sudden abduction.
DCI Kate Riley and DS Zain Harris are assigned to Ruby's case shortly after her disappearance and what follows horrifies them. Videos of Ruby surrounded in the dark forest begging for her life are uploaded to the internet for millions to see. Videos that keep coming and increasing in terror.
The detectives must wade through their ever-expanding pool of suspects to get to the bottom of what happened to Ruby Day. But as they start to dig into Ruby's life they uncover not only her secrets, but the secrets of those she was involved with as well and it quickly becomes apparent that things are worse than they originally feared.Their suspect list steadily grows from a possible obsessive fan or crazed hater to something much more sinister as links to a corrupted conglomerate are made to Ruby.
DCI Riley and DS Harris each have troubling pasts that keep haunting their thoughts but if they want to find Ruby they must set aside their personal traumas and apply all of their professional skills and abilities to this case.
When I initially selected this book I assumed that the story would solely surround the online world but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find this was only a small aspect of the novel. Though the author provides an interesting insight into the lives of online YouTube personalities and the difficulties that come hand in hand with their stardom but he also gives us so much more than that.
Alex Caan keeps a gripping hold of his readers through his expert use of suspense and the fast paced narrative and short chapters keep you wanting more. The characters are complex and well developed which gives a very authentic atmosphere to the whole novel. For these reasons I highly recommend that you add Cut To The Bone to your reading list as it truly is a fantastic read that you won't regret.
If you have read it or are planning to in the future then I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and as always remember to take part in the polls.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 07, 2017:
Very good review. Thanks for introducing the author and the book.