Title: Nasty Little Cuts
Author: Tina Baker
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 24th February 2022
WHO WILL SURVIVE THE NIGHT?
A nightmare jolts Debs awake. She leaves the kids tucked up in their beds and goes downstairs. There’s a man in her kitchen, holding a knife. But it’s not an intruder. This is her husband Marc, the father of her children. A man she no longer recognises.
Once their differences were what drew them together, what turned them on. Him, the ex-army officer from a good family. Her, the fitness instructor who grew up over a pub. But now these differences grate to the point of drawing blood. Marc screams in his sleep. And Debs hardly knows the person she’s become, or why she lets him hurt her.
Neither of them is completely innocent. Neither is totally guilty. Marc is taller, stronger, and more vicious, haunted by a war he can’t forget. But he has no idea what Debs is capable of when her children’s lives are at stake…
I found the premise of Nasty Little Cuts really intriguing – it promises suspense and intensity and it totally delivered. The story follows Debs, a married woman with two young children, who goes downstairs after waking from a nightmare in the early hours of the morning and finds herself in another. Her husband, Marc, is standing in the kitchen holding a knife and Debs knows instantly that she, and her children, are in danger.
Nasty Little Cuts is one of those propulsive books so chock full of intensity that it can easily be read in one sitting – which I pretty much did. The narrative jumps around a lot as Debs and Marc face off. The reader is thrown around in time, taken to key moments in the evolution of this couple and it feels slightly frenetic but somehow completely works for the story. A word of warning, Nasty Little Cuts is brutal. Baker pulls absolutely no punches from start to finish and it is harrowing. It goes to the places most people are afraid to and refuses to let up. It makes for an incredibly intense and powerful reading experience, the dialogue so caustic and vicious that it feels like it could actually cut you. I highly recommend this sharp and explosive thriller about the total evisceration of a marriage – you won’t be able to put it down.
Thank you so much to Angana at Viper for having me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received an e-copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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