Cut To The Bone (Riley and Harris, #1)Cut To The Bone by Alex Caan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a fan. Can you tell? Alex Caan I have to congratulate you on a book that had me glued to the pages. The plot, focussing on SNS (Social Networking Sites) and a world that’s a mystery to the uninitiated, that of the vlogger, is fresh and original. Simplicity itself in its conception, ‘One missing Girl – Ruby, our vlogger. Two million suspects – her viewers’, yet as perfectly complex as a thriller should be. The characterisation is excellent – there are many points of view, but I identified with every character and their various flaws and worried throughout about Zain Harris, our damaged DS and his hidden agenda. The police procedural and technical information is pitched perfectly (you don’t have to be a techie to understand it!), pushing the plot along at a rapid, have-to-read-more pace.

The narrative and dialogue is superb. More than once, I reread a sentence and was just mesmerised by the quality of the writing. In fact, I even read one or two sentences out loud, asking my partner, ‘Wow! How powerful is that?’ In short, I loved Cut to the Bone and cannot wait for the sequel. Thank you for a massively impressive, enthralling thriller. Fast paced and fabulously written. Highly recommended.

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