Official Review: CUT by Amy S. Peele

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Official Review: CUT by Amy S. Peele

Post by ViziVoir » 04 Jun 2018, 20:10

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "CUT" by Amy S. Peele.]
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Cut by Amy S. Peele follows Sarah Golden, who works as an organ transplant nurse, and her friend, Jackie, as they attempt to investigate a wealthy and famous recipient of an organ donation. Sarah suspects that she was somehow able to game the organ donation system. With a nationwide shortage of donated organs, this is a serious crime.

As a medical thriller, Cut is effective. It's full of deception and high-speed chases, and, except for parts towards the end of the book, the pacing is well-executed; nothing felt like it was rushed or dragging. While I did notice some awkward phrasing, such as "abdominal six-pack", the writing style was generally efficient and clear, with minimal typos. Every character feels distinct and interesting, even the antagonists. The medical and ethical aspects of organ donation are covered in sufficient detail, without feeling overwhelming.

My main problem with this book was that every aspect of it was sacrificed, at one point or another, for the sake of the plot. Rather than allowing the narrative to develop organically, it seemed like everything exists for the sake of the plot Sarah is involved in. Practically every conversation had something to do with organ donation and the deception surrounding the patient they are investigating, even if it was tangential. The settings, which range from Miami to Chicago, seemed to barely exist, except as a backdrop for Sarah and Jackie's escapades. Both the characters and the world they existed in felt somewhat flat.

At the end of the day, though, Cut was still an enjoyable read. It told the story it set out to tell, with very few bumps or inconsistencies, and the action and characters were enough to get me to keep reading. Because of the rather unrealistic and single-minded focus on the plot present in the writing, though, I can only rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

I can see Cut being a worthwhile read for committed fans of medical thrillers, particularly anyone interested in organ donation, as the book covers these aspects admirably. More general fans of the thriller genre will also enjoy this. The book does contain strong sexual themes, which is another thing that may dissuade some readers. I'd warn potential readers that this isn't a traditional mystery; the culprit is revealed within the first half of the book. Personally, though, I found enough reasons to continue reading that it was still rather enjoyable.

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Post by SamSim » 05 Jun 2018, 13:08

I was immediately put off from this by the cover and the title, but your review really brings it into focus and actually made me very intrigued to check this one out. It sounds like a suspenseful, exciting read. Thanks for the warning about the "flatness." Great review!
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Post by KristyKhem » 05 Jun 2018, 14:46

The title is Cut and the author's surname is Peele. I kinda thought this book was about fruit! LOL

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Post by Cdeyoungde » 05 Jun 2018, 15:48

KristyKhem wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 14:46
The title is Cut and the author's surname is Peele. I kinda thought this book was about fruit! LOL
:lol: Cute :lol: This is why we need good reviews. Even though it has flaws it sounds like it would still be a good read. I've often kidded that in order to make more money I need to sell a kidney. But alas, I can only do that once and then what? :no-spoil:
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Post by Kat Berg » 05 Jun 2018, 19:08

KristyKhem wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 14:46
The title is Cut and the author's surname is Peele. I kinda thought this book was about fruit! LOL
:lol: I love this observation. I had noticed the same thing, but just quietly on the surface of my mind.

Although I appreciate a good medical thriller, this one does not sound like it is for me. The strong sexual content, along with the critique that everything was sacrificed for the sake of the plot (that sounds exhausting to me!) make me not especially interested. Also, it is a theme that has been done before. A lot. And it does not really sound like the author brings anything new to the table. Thank you for the review! I am glad you able to find a level of enjoyment in the book.

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Post by joshfee77 » 06 Jun 2018, 01:53

I love a good medical thriller. Just unfortunate the settings and conversations were very much sacrificed for the plot. Still sounds like a good read, though.

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Post by Helen_Combe » 06 Jun 2018, 03:02

The story sounds a bit too single-minded for my taste. Thanks for the enjoyable review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Jun 2018, 07:20

I like medical thrillers quite a bit. However, I think I might have to avoid this one. The sexual themes are disappointing to me, and I'm unsure of the way you keep saying that the organ donation just keeps coming up. Still, I'm glad that you were able to enjoy it. Thanks for the information.
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Post by kdstrack » 06 Jun 2018, 07:40

I like medical thrillers but not when it is mixed with sexual content. Thanks for the interesting review.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 06 Jun 2018, 08:47

Cdeyoungde wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 15:48
KristyKhem wrote:
05 Jun 2018, 14:46
The title is Cut and the author's surname is Peele. I kinda thought this book was about fruit! LOL
:lol: Cute :lol: This is why we need good reviews. Even though it has flaws it sounds like it would still be a good read. I've often kidded that in order to make more money I need to sell a kidney. But alas, I can only do that once and then what? :no-spoil:
Plasma! My brother donated plasma a few times to make some money. :doh:

I really like that the author is a major advocate of organ donation. I actually did my high school senior presentation on that topic as a persuasive analysis. In case anyone else cares about this, in roughly 25 (I don't know which) European countries you have to opt OUT (referred to as "presumed consent") of being an organ donor, whereas in the US you have to opt IN. Those Euro countries have in the 90% range of people who are classified as organ donors. In opt-in countries it's only about 15%. This to me is absolutely crazy. Ok soapbox commentary is over.

Really enjoyed this review and think I would like this book. I enjoy medical thrillers. I don't mind knowing who the culprit is early in the book as long as the rest of the story is executed well. A mystery doesn't always revolve around whodunit.

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Post by gen_g » 06 Jun 2018, 10:20

Thank you for the detailed review! Medical thrillers is a genre I enjoy, but it is a pity about the slipshod handling of the various plot lines.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 06 Jun 2018, 22:30

I am glad you enjoy this book. It sounds fun to read. I see myself reading it for the future. Great review as usual.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 09 Jun 2018, 21:35

The title is catchy. I haven't read any books related to the medical side but scenario like these do take place for real. Love to read it I get a chance. Thank you for your review!
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