I do love it when I get so wrapped up in a story that it totally consumes me & I can’t stop reading until I have all the answers I need. Cut to the Bone has that very special all-consuming quality and I absolutely LOVED it.
This book really cleverly picks up on the rise in popularity of vloggers; the young people who share their lives on the internet & the online audiences who watch them every day. My teenager has introduced me to a few of these real-life stars (some I have enjoyed watching more than others….exactly who CARES what’s in someone’s handbag so much that they watch a 14 minute video outlining the contents in DETAIL?! A half-eaten cereal bar, a hairbrush, old train tickets & a battered paperback anyone?…Sadly, some of these young girls’ handbags are far more glamorous – and clearly sponsored by companies – than mine!)
Team Internet marks a fascinating shift in entertainment culture and is an area ripe for exploring through this genre. I am often astounded at the amount of intimate information people share through these online channels and the vulnerability this opens them up to. It’s such a perfect setting for an exciting thriller.
Some internet stars have turned vlogging into a beautiful artform (I must hat-tip the amazing Casey Neistat here. Casey shares daily videos with incredible craftsmanship & production values weaved into crazy adventures and family life. I’m a huge fan and I highly recommend subscribing to his Youtube channel ) Neistat fangirling over…back to the book…
Ruby is our main character and a rising internet star with an audience of millions of impressionable teenagers. When she goes missing & videos start appearing that indicate she is in trouble, we start to unravel the truth behind her online life. The pace of the story is perfectly pitched as the story flows with just the right amount of suspense and intrigue, throw in a few red herrings and we have a brilliant recipe for a thrilling read.
Just one disappointment – I am gutted this is a debut. When I find an author voice I really enjoy, I love to go back & read all of their previous stuff. For that reason, I really hope there will be more to come from Alex.
An exciting read with relatable characters, based in a really current & interesting setting. Pick up a copy here. Five cwtches!