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The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh
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Aug 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: crime, literary-fiction, thriller, mystery
Read on August 23, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I really liked this book, read it in the space 24 hours. Rilke captured my attention right from the start with his dichotomous nature: both moral and immoral. I liked the fact that the mystery of the photos was never really solved, instead, a current crime (white trafficking) was uncovered and a young woman set free from slavery. Having said that, there was one loose end that I felt should have been tied up: throughout the book there are hints of something dark in Rilke's past, something to do with his family and several characters owe him one, but for what we never find out. I kept asking myself why Rilke cared about the photos, and I'm sure it's tied up in his past, but by the end of the book I was none the wiser. I feel a little unsatisfied by this. Also, I wasn't quite sure that the explicit sex scenes were really necessary. I suppose that the author was trying to compare Rilke's actions and attitude to sex with McKindless's, but she used a sledgehammer to do it. And McKindless? Kind-less ... yep, he was not a kind man!

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Reading Progress

08/23/2011 page 83
28.0% "So far, very engaging and enthralling. I like Rilke."
08/23/2011 page 187
64.0% "Interesting how the Christian character is about as unchristian as he could possibly be, whilst the non-Christian characters are the ones showing love and grace and mercy."
08/23/2011 page 273
93.0% "Exciting!"
08/23/2011 page 294
100.0% "Finished and review written."
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