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Penelope Price is a young woman who is utterly scarred and broken. She has been Cut. Residing with her best friend Rosalie since the sudden demise of her long term relationship, she finds herself severed from the world she once lived for. After months of Rosie suffering through failed attempts of trying to drag Penny back into some form of reality, finally, it happens.
A nightclub in Sydney leads to a strange encounter with Jay, a musician who at first meeting seems dangerous, but for unknown reasons there is an unconscious draw. When her inner turmoil dramatically ruins the night, it appears she may be worse off than where she started.
Will her wound ever heal?
Uninvited interest from the mysterious stranger messes further with Penny's emotional state, resulting in more confusion than comfort. He seems to be hiding behind his own secretive walls and she isn't sure she can trust him. The sudden return of her ex, Evan, who is persistent to fill in the reasons for their demise, exposes the shocking truth. Ultimately sending her into the lowest point of her existence.
Does she find her definitive end in the dramatic final scene of this story?
Has she been Cut?
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I love books and read a lot week in and out. When given the chance to read Cut prior to its official release I was very excited.
This is the debut novel for author Kathleen Maree and she has done a wonderful job of bringing to life the story of Penelope, Jay and Evan. Her writing style is easy to read, descriptive and captures your attention from the first chapter. Unlike a lot of romance/chick lit type books Cut made me actually feel the heartache of the main characters and the twists and turns within the story. It had me wishing book 2 was finished for me to read immediately after I completed Cut. A perfect read if you enjoy romance novels that aren't cookie cut boy meets girl falls in love and lives happily ever after. Cut draws you in, makes you relate to the characters and brings a genuine love and appeal for them all, though I'm team Jay all the way.
Kathleen is definitely an author to put in your favorites list and I plan on following her bright future.
Cut - By Kathleen Maree
I feel so incredibly honoured to have read this debut novel. This story follows newly heartbroken Penelope Price who does not know how to move on with her life after the shock separation from her decade long partner Evan. With the help of her best friend Rosie, she finally emerges from her bed to have a night out at a local club, where she meets Jay, a complicated musician. Despite her instant attraction to Jay Penelope is far from ready for a new relationship and does not think her broken heart will ever be healed. I really enjoyed this book, having a main character who was likeable and relatable, because who hasn't had their heart broken at least once? This story really tugged at my heart and sent me through many different emotions throughout. It was unpredictable, suspenseful and had me captivated from the very beginning. I was disappointed when it ended and it left me thinking about it for the rest of the day. I cannot wait for the next one. I'm sure Cut will be the first successful book of many by this very talented Author.
A debut novel? Wow, this girl's got talent!
A debut novel? Wow, this girl's got talent!
Cut is an eventful story about a young woman, Penelope, whose life is in somewhat of a whirlwind of men, love, heart-break, relationships, depression, friendships, opportunity, emotions, challenges, decision-making.... circumstances we have all been in before. Just as the reader can understand; you just don't know what life is going to throw at you!
I enjoyed the way Kathleen Maree uses a writing technique where the character's internal dialogue is revealed often throughout the novel. It gives the reader an insight into the character's thoughts and encourages character development; something Kathleen has managed to build within the story very well.
Being Australian myself, I appreciated the links to my home city, Sydney and was able to feel like I was right there in the story. The story then takes the reader internationally, in addition to Australia, providing a diverse setting and location.
All in all the novel was an engaging and enjoyable read. I eagerly await the release of the second book, as the first book left me asking questions and pondering over possibilities. This unpredictability keeps the reader guessing and brings an element of surprise. Bring on #2!bc