Nasty Little Cuts

- Tina Baker

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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. He screams in his sleep. And Debs hardly recognises the person she’s become, or why she lets him hurt her. Neither of them is 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…

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Viper for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

enjoyable/easy to read:
3/5

It’s challenging to get a handle on this story as the timeline is jumpy, and the narrative is scattered. What feels straightforward at first quickly becomes complicated and much darker than I could have predicted.

None of these characters is particularly likeable, but they don’t deserve what happens to them. It also doesn’t give them the right to treat others the way they do. The tension gradually builds as we learn more about this disjointed family unit. Petty, vindictive, manipulative, and abusive – no one is innocent in this story. But when one character attempts to take this to the next level, with an action they can’t take back, the intensity reaches another level, and it starts to feel like no one is safe.

With a fly-on-the-wall view of domestic abuse, Nasty Little Cuts demonstrates the cycle of petty escalations and forgiveness in this toxic relationship. While I struggled to connect at first, it was impossible to put down by the end.

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