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The Cutting Room [Paperback]

Jilliane Hoffman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such an amazing author!! Dec 8 2012
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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
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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
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cutting Room Aug. 6 2012
By Trisha - Published on
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Jilliane Hoffman is my favourite author. I have read all of her books and cannot wait until her next one comes out. My favourite character is CJ. Once I started reading "The Cutting Room"...I couldn't put it down and the ending is leading into another book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what a book.... Dec 24 2013
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Aug. 23 2013
By Linda Strong - Published on
I have now read all three of the C.J. Townsend series and all I can say is that each one is better than the last...and the first one was super! I love this series .. I love the characters and I love the stories.

I can't say enough about The Cutting Room but I don't want to give away any spoilers, either. You could probably read this one as a standalone; there are references to the first 2 books..but I HIGHLY recommend you start with Retribution.

If you like strong characters, mysteries that keep you guessing until the very last page, and a book that is extremely well-written, please, if you read nothing else all year, read this series. You will not regret it.
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