I have just finished reading the debut novel of new writer Leigh Russell. Cut Short is a tightly woven psychological crime thriller. The story introduces us, the reader, to DI Geraldine Steel; a women who likes to do things her own way, a trait that doesn't always endear Steel to her boss DCI Kathryn Gordon. When the body of a young woman is found, strangled, in the local park, DI Steel is put on the case to catch the killer dubbed The Woolsmarsh Strangler. What follows is a tense hunt. The action gains momentum from page to page, culminating in a satisfying ending.
If I have one criticism about the novel, it is this: I wanted to learn more about DI Geraldine Steel. I wanted a deeper glimpse into her personal life. To learn more about what makes her tick. Steel comes across as a woman who knows her own mind, a woman who likes to make her own decisions. Leigh Russell lets us into DI Steel's work life fully, nothing hidden. I felt that when Geraldine Steel entered her more personal life, the door was somewhat closed to us. I would like to have seen more of the softness behind the steel. Perhaps that is to come...
Although crime fiction is not a genre I usually read,the plot was easy to follow and the characters realistic. I found Cut Short enjoyable and look forward to catching up with DI Geraldine Steel again.
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Find Leigh Russell at leighrussell.blogspot.com