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(C.J. Townsend #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,763 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Die Augen des Bösen. «No risk, no fun», denkt Gabriella und begleitet den gutaussehenden Reid nach Hause. Zu spät sieht sie die Kamera, zu spät bemerkt sie, dass sie nicht allein sind: Augen sehen sie sterben. Viele Augen … Einige Jahre später erschüttert eine Serie von bestialischen Frauenmorden Miami. Ein Club einflussreicher Männer soll dahinterstecken. Nur einer kennt ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by rororo
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Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cutting Room by Jilliane Hoffman was a well rounded serial killer legal thriller that will keep you turning the pages right to the end. the characterisation worked well between the two main characters Detective Manny Alvarez & state attorney Daria Debianchi, both were strong willed & would not stop till they found the perp.

If your into serial killers with a sick twisted mind that would do horrible unthinkable things to young girls then this is for you, if you have a queasy stomach then I wou
Why oh why oh why! Read all the way through this book (which at times was quite slow) and for what? That ending!!! I did enjoy the plot though and thought it was a decent crime fiction book but it did not end at all how I wanted! All in all it was an interesting read, and worth getting to the end but just be warned, you're in to finish feeling totally cheated!!! ...more
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Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the FUCK was that ending
i am annoyed™
seriously, what the everloving fuck
i feel so cheated
Another fast paced thriller in the series. The book is quite good and as a story it deserves 4 stars. My 3 stars rating is based on other elements, but a 3,5 stars would be more correct.
Warning: the story is gruesome, so not suited for people with too much imagination.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a firm believer that being a great writer and being a great story teller are two different things, you could be a great story teller, like for instant J K Rowling, but not being the greatest writer, and we are happy to forgive a less than great talent for writing if the story grabs you. The Cutting Room grabs you and refuses to let go. I was recommended this book by a friend, I didn't read the write ups or reviews, I went in completely blind to its contents. The characters are believable, t ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
If you've never read a Jilliane Hoffman book, this is an awesome way to start! While it once again involves CJ, Bill Bantling & many of the characters we met in "Retribution" & "The Last Witness", she brilliantly takes you on a thrilling story fresh w/ some new characters while she manages to recap some of the stories of the past. Surprisingly, those "catch you up" moments are written in such a way that they become far from tedious to those readers already familiar w/ the Cupid story.

"The Cuttin
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part three of the C. J. Townsend series was definitely better than the boring second one.

The uncovering of the new case of serial murders, the mysterious snuff club etc. by the new attorney and investigator duo was quite exciting - and had a really unexpected turn in the end. Wow. Even though it could have been described in a little more extensive way. It abruptly fell into the background, while C. J. got more and more 'screentime' towards the end. That was a slight pity.

The story has a lot of
Ann Davis
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Briliant, fabulous. Such snappy dialogue and exciting story. I've been wondering when the next book about Bill Bantling would appear. I love the way she brings the reader up to date with her previous books while continuing with new characters. A new prosecutor is the subject of this story and as usual the courtroom dramas are exciting to read. A young woman is found in a dumpster, raped and murdered. Detective Manny Alvarez is the lead and has a suspect who is a rich playboy seen leaving a night ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific trilogy

This was part three of the trilogy.I would recommend you start with book one.Very enjoyable read.There is good courtroom scenes and explanations of some legal principles which I really enjoyed because the author got it right.As an ex criminal law attorney,I enjoyed the reality.The characters were really good and real and the intertwining serial killer stories excellent.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just. read. this. book (and all of her other books) ♡
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the best openings and endings to a thriller/ crime book I've read in a long time. A real page turner. The audiobook version is superb - the narrator has done an excellent job. ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-procedural
4 stars

Again I didn't realise this was the 3rd in a series, why don't libraries tell you that when you pick books!?.

C.J. Townsend is supposed to be the main character in this book as that's who the series is about but she's not. It follows Manny and Daria, a detective and an ADA, catching and prosecuting (trying to at least) the murderer of a woman found in a dumpster.

With brutal rape and torture of women throughout and other nefarious antics and people it was a gripping read. C.J. Does show up
Vicky Nitz
Why in the world would Hoffman drag on for about 600 pages and then have this crappy ending, or lack thereof? for my taste she really needs to work on that. all three books ended in the same weird suddenly stopping way. and I think to myself: what did I read all this for?
Nonetheless, I enjoyed all three books, because they were easy to read... but unfortunately it's the same thing over and over again. Chloe, C.J., Christina... if this person really wanted to hide, she wouldn't always pick names
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Fantastic Fiction has this listed as a stand alone for Jilliane, however it's reading is greatly enhanced by the prior knowledge of the two C.J. Townsend series books, as the last half of The Cutting Room crosses almost completely into the Townsend story line. Great suspense, another well put together Thriller by Hoffman, if your new to this Author I strongly suggest you check out Retribution & Last Witness first. ...more
Hannah Cassel
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!I thought the story was amazing although i had not read the books previous to this one; I had no trouble in getting confused or feeling like i have missed out. I didn't realize this was part of a series, i brought the book while browsing in a charity shop. I couldn't put this book down, it had a lot of good tension and was a good thriller. The author didn't make it too complicated with court legislation or any other law guidelines when reading. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 26, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I am anxiously awaiting this book to be published. To my understanding it was supposed to be published May 1 2012... Anyone know when it will be out? Man I so wish I could get my hands on a ARC... I get so many but the ones I REALLY want... EH... they never come.
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the rest of Hoffmans book, after reading the first one I bought and read the other three so I was expecting to enjoy this one too.
I was enjoying it until the end 10/15% of the book. I HATED the ending, It made me so so angry! The ending had ruined the entire book for me.
Sep 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Started out really well. It had a really different type of serial killer/mystery thing going on, but then.... Maybe its because I haven't read the previous Townsend books, but in my experience, that shouldn't really matter. ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoaaaa... That Ending!
Two-haiku review:

Miami killer
Another prosecutor
Plus past characters

No happy ending
Twist at end left unfinished
Didn't love this one
Jo Airey
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
After the disappointment of Last Witness I picked this book up with some trepidation, thankfully it was a return to the awesomeness of Retribution, however a few things keep it from attaining the same levels of awesome as the first book.

When I look at all three of these novels I think I see why the second instalment fell flat for me - namely the fact that it felt more like a continuation of book 1 and not a novel in its own right. The characters went round in circles both personally - C.J dealin
Jess Pace
This is a book I’m struggling to wrap my head around. Whilst the writing was superb, the storyline super intriguing and the characters interesting, this book fell short, and it fell short where I needed it to shine.

The storyline is so incredibly gruesome, and as someone who reads A LOT of this kind of material, I’m telling you - it is rough to read in parts.

The legal side of this novel is fantastic, it feels real, whilst also showing the corrupt side of law, and dealing with criminals.

I know
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Asha Stark
Only realised halfway through that this is the third book in a trilogy but to be perfectly honest, it didn't actually matter as the author recapped at length.

Was a bit disappointed that everything was wrapped up in the space of about 4 or 5 pages though, I don't know if there's a fourth book planned to delve deeper in Daria and Manny etc. but if there's not, then yikes @ the ending of The Cutting Room.
ABookishRainbowSanctuary Nat
Should I have read this series with book one? I didn’t realise it was part of a series or that t was book #3. It was a slow read. Really slow. I feel like it got bogged down with the much character description for the first half of the book and then I was just wishing it to hurry up and finish.

The next book from this author I think I’ll start with the first next time I try this author. This was one wasn’t horrible, it was just slow.
Grada (BoekenTrol)
When I'm completely honest, I'm disappointed by this book. I had hped when I started, to be reading a book more like book 1 in this series.
I missed the really sitting on the edge of my chair while reading. I was constantly waiting for someting to hapoen, something thrilling. But the story just went on and on, without anything special. And the ending.... Well it was not the one I would have picked, it leaves me with even more disappointment.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page-turner of a crime novel set in Miami - quite enjoyed the banter between detective Alvarez and assistant state attorney DeBianchi. Together, they attempt to bring justice upon a sadistic underground snuff club who capture, torture, and murder young guileless women in front of wealthy audiences behind monitors.
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Jilliane P. Hoffman began her professional career as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felonies in Florida from 1992 to 1996 with special assignments to the Domestic Violence and the Legal Extradition Units. Originally from Long Island, she currently lives in South Florida with her husband and two children.

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C.J. Townsend (4 books)
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