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The Cutting Room [Paperback]

Jilliane Hoffman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Surprises!! July 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Holy Hannah Batdog! I was a bit skeptical going into the book being that it once again involved Cupid & many of the characters in the last 2 books, but I was pleasantly surprised. Jilliane Hoffman created closure for many of the characters & story lines from Retribution & Last Witness, she brilliantly opened the door wide open for new story lines involving new & old characters. Once again, for me anyway, her style of writing took me by surprise as I actually was brought to tears on more than one occasion!

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Cutting Room" & it's inspired to go back & read "Retribution" again! If this is the FIRST time you're reading a book by Hoffman, don't wait! She will take you on a great story & artfully recaps the past just enough to fill in the blanks while leaving you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing author!! Dec 8 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Jilliane Hoffman is such a detailed and talented writer that when I saw her works asvertised for such a great price I knew I couldn't pass it up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The final in the CJ Trilogy July 26 2012
By Best Crime Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of Jilliane Hoffman's books and have never been less than impressed. She has produced two books featuring prosecutor C.J Townsend and two stand alone books. This fifth release is a mixture of the two. We see Assistant State Attorney Daria Bianchi and Detective Manny Alvarez work a case that involves a snuff club. We also see the return of C.J Townsend just before the halfway mark in this book.

Daria and Manny make for fantastic reading as they both have such unique personalities. Manny Alvarez is a veteran cop whose nickname is The Bear and Daria is a hot-headed Italian woman trying to make her mark in the world. They make a great team and at the start of the book we see them clash heads as they uncover what looks to be a dangerous game of men watching women be raped and then murdered in the so called snuff-club.

The re-introduction of C.J and the serial killer on death row Bill Bantling aka `Cupid' had me reading a lot quicker that I thought. As it has been a while since I read the CJ books I worried I would lose the thread but the plot is re-covered for the benefit of those having not read previous books. As I read on I remembered why Jilliane's books always had me hooked. They are extremely dark reading and I always find myself feeling the fear as much as the characters as we see the chase for the suspects who are cursed with these sick and perverted minds.

The story has a lot going on and there are numerous threads that are woven in to the story including past crimes committed and the involvement of Bill Bantling, the serial killer on Death Row. At around the  mark the pace picks up considerably and I continued reading until I was done. I was both shocked and pleased by the time I had finished. Shocked at the outcome of one particular thread in the story and pleased that JH was just as good as I remembered. It was good to have some conclusions in the last part of the CJ trilogy and although this took me longer than usual to get in to, it was no less thrilling than her other books.

I have to say overall that her last stand alone book slightly holds the edge for me but this book was clever and thoughtful making for a gripping read that had me checking my windows at night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depraved world of inflicted suffering and snuff clubs Sept. 14 2012
By Sussman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Before I get into the review of this crime fiction novel it is important note that while the author gives background to her significant characters that have appeared previously in other books, I believe to `fully enjoy' this novel, one needs to have read `Retribution' and `Last Witness'. While these books cannot be called a true series, the characters such as CJ Townsend and Bill Bantling, seem to `populate' all three books with their traits, working practice and have their own narrative framed within the text of each story told.

That said I found this a pretty high strung thriller set against a frame work of the sick and depraved world of inflicted suffering and snuff clubs. Some of the main ingredients are very good attention to detail by using some sharp dialogue, well researched legal and forensic practice. The narrative is `crisp' and the relationships forged between the lawyer Daria di Bianchi and detective is well managed and convincing.
In part the story takes one to the edge-of-the-seat. For me the ending was a genuine surprise.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars " I Left A Lot Of Things Unfinished" Says Our Heroine In The Book's Not So Grand Finale May 27 2014
By lplynn - Published on Amazon.com
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This statement, unfortunately, exactly captures the unfinished storyline presented in this book. Apparently, if you want to find out the "who, what, why, when & how" behind the "snuff club murders" ( the "crimes de jour" of this book) and whether justice is ever meted out, you have to buy the author's next book, or more likely books. I was aware when I bought this book that it was part of a series (3rd " installment" I think) of books about prosecutor C.J. Townsend and Detective Manny Alvarez. Not having read any of the earlier books, I was a little hesitant about "jumping into this one", but actually found that the author did a pretty good job of providing "historical details" about these two characters as well as the other "characters central to the series" - much like Jonathan Kellerman does in his Alex Delaware series. What I didn't realize, however, and don't know whether it's typical of the author's earlier works, is that (unlike the Kellerman books I've read), the "snuff club" crime wasn't going to be solved by the end of the book. 400+ pages of engaging characters - a complicated, interesting plot weaving events from the past into the present (criminal investigation) - ended for me with a big THUD. I actually started suspecting when I was somewhere between 85-90% into the book that I was going to be "cheated" of an ending - there were "too many balls still in the air" - and my "investment" in the book quickly turned to disgust (though I did read it to the very end). It is one thing if an author/book description makes it clear that a book's storyline (and not just its characters) is being presented on a "to be continued basis". This was not the case here. I will not be reading anymore works of this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The ending stinks June 17 2014
By Mugsy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Just when it was getting excited when a book has 20-40 pages left this book sank. It was like she ran out of paper and had 3 pages to finish everything up. 80 % of the book was generally interesting but the last 20% was just lazy and amateurish writing. I don't want to give anything away to future readers but basically I want 20% of my money back!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what a book.... Dec 24 2013
By Sam A - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you like real gory murder books this is it. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. If you read the book "Heartsick" by Chelsea Cain you will be totally engrossed in this book besides loosing tons of sleep to finish it to find out what happens. I love all Jilliane Hoffman books and have them all. BUY this one and you won't be disappointed......That's for sure.

Sam A
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