Title – The First Cut
Author – Ali Knight
Published – 2012
Genre – Psychological thriller
This psychological thriller feels like it has a lot in common with some of the Nicci French standalone novels.
Five years earlier Nicky’s best friend, Grace, was murdered during a girls’ weekend away, a murder that was never solved. Nicky was badly affected by the events but fell in love with, and subsequently married, Grace’s boyfriend, Greg. But Greg is a cameraman who travels all over the world and a chance encounter on a plane with a young man called Adam leads Nicky to be tempted into being unfaithful.
We’re introduced to a number of supporting characters – there’s Troy who’s something of a thug and a blackmailer, Adam’s family including his aunt who was the doorwoman at an infamous nightclub, and Greg’s over-protective sister. There’s also Greg himself who seems to have something of his own to hide.
As Nicky pursues her flirtation with Adam things become stranger and stranger. I don’t want to give too much away because there’s tension that I wouldn’t want to spoil but for me some of the action veered between the farcical and the incredible. I also suffered that issue of not actually liking Nicky very much and therefore not caring greatly what happened to her. The plot did keep me guessing though!
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