04.03.21 / Little, Brown / Thriller / Hardback / 416pp / 978-1408712153
(I realise this book is already available but as usual I made this post months ago and subsequently forgotten to note down the ideal time for posting. I am still very excited for The Cut and I will be picking it up as soon as payday rolls around).
About The Cut
The entertaining, moving, and unpredictable new thriller from multi-award-winning bestseller Chris Brookmyre is a wholly original masterpiece and the best crime novel of 2021.
Millie Spark can kill anyone.
A special effects make-up artist, her talent is to create realistic scenes of bloody violence.
Then, one day, she wakes to find her lover dead in her bed.
Twenty-five years later, her sentence for murder served, Millicent is ready to give up on her broken life – until she meets troubled film student and reluctant petty thief Jerry.
Together, they begin to discover that all was not what it seemed on that fateful night . . . and someone doesn’t want them to find out why.
Pick up a copy here: Little Brown / Amazon UK
Waiting On Wednesday – The Cut
Let me just preface this post by saying I am a huge Brookmyre fan. I have read so many of his books and loved them all. I discovered him through video games (his excellent Bedlam novel was so much fun). I stayed for several of his enticing and satisfying Scottish thriller series that feature brilliant characters like Jasmine Sharp and Jack Parlabane. I love the way CB writes about the world through his characters eyes and how dynamic he can be with his plot lines. Each of his novels have his signature style but are vastly different in content.
Now that is cleared up, I have chosen The Cut for this post because I am deeply intrigued by the synopsis. A make-up artist who’s made a career on surrounding blood and gore goes to prison for killing her lover. And after seeing out her sentence of 25 years, Millie begins piecing together the murder herself. As soon as I read it I felt like I needed to give The Cut a go. Knowing how CB could handle this type of narrative makes me really excited to check out Millie Spark’s story.
I haven’t put much thought into 2021 books until this post and it feels good to have yet another (hopefully) brilliant year of books on the horizon. I can’t wait to pick up The Cut. If you haven’t read anything by Christopher Brookmyre then I implore you to give him a go. He has built a career on brilliant thrillers with great characters and fascinating twists. You will not be disappointed.
About Chris Brookmyre
Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime novelists. His 2016 novel Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Brookmyre’s novels novels have sold more than two million copies in the UK alone.