Daily Review: Cleaved by Sue Coletta
June 26, 2017
Author Sage Quintano writes about crime. Her husband Niko investigates it. Together they make an unstoppable team. But no one counted on a twisted serial killer, who stalks their sleepy community, uproots their happy home, and splits the threads that bonds their family unit.
Darkness swallows the Quintanos whole–ensnared by a ruthless killer out for blood. Why he focused on Sage remains a mystery, but he won’t stop till she dies like the others.
Women impaled by deer antlers, bodies encased in oil drums, nursery rhymes, and the Suicide King. What connects these cryptic clues? For Sage and Niko, the truth may be more terrifying than they ever imagined.
Review by Jordan Dane
Critically-acclaimed bestselling author of the FBI Profiling Series
With every book, Sue Coletta gets better and better, I’ll definitely be in line for her next one. She’s on my auto-buy list.
Be prepared to stick with this one. It’s hard to put down. The pace starts at page 1 with a harrowing scene and continues its breakneck speed til the end. I love the titillating edge of horror woven into each of Coletta’s stories. Her vivid descriptions make me giddy.
The suspense scenes put the reader front and center. I would characterize her style to be intense mystery/suspense with the best taste of horror, for readers like me who enjoy a visceral reaction when they read. But if you’re afraid of too much horror, don’t worry and try this book. The great characters and fast pace will suck you in until the last page.
The characters in this book are complex and layered with humor as a respite from the intensity. As a reader, you feel that you KNOW these people. Coletta writes about flawed yet endearing characters, put into dangerous situations.
One character, Sage Quintano, is written in first person, which really puts the reader in her head. The other main characters are in deep third point of view. Each voice is distinct, another strength of this author.
I highly recommend Sue Coletta’s books. CLEAVED is a must read.
By Caleb Pirtle III
“Bloodied and battered, suspended between this world and hell, I could barely catch my breath. Cool air struck my face, and my eyelids fluttered open. Pure blackness enveloped my body, stuffed inside a steel drum. Metal scraped my bare back. Sharp pain shot through my knees, ankles and neck, bent at such an angle moving was not an option. No longer did I control my breathing, my chest heaving much faster than I could regulate. Within this sinister trap, the oxygen thinned with ever patter, patter, patter of my heart….
“Dear God, don’t let me die this way.”
Thus begins Cleaved, the new novel by Sue Coletta, who is rapidly carving out a special niche in the literary world, who is creating a genre not yet invented or defined. She writes thrillers. They are terrifying. She writes mysteries. They absorb you in a horror so suffocating that, like a girl in a steel drum, you have trouble breathing. Each breath is a struggle. Each breath feels like the last. Sue writes suspense. It can keep you awake at night.
Sue Coletta writes about the most frightening creatures of all. She writes about the evils of man, the serial killers who lurk in the shadows, waiting and searching and stalking victims who never realize they are in trouble until it’s too late. Her novels are rich with fear and the stench of death. Cleaved is perhaps the best of them all.
Sage Quintano is an author. She writes about crime. Her husband Niko is a detective. He investigates crime. They know victims. They have stood over the bloody remains of victims. But what happens when they become the target? What fate awaits them when they become the victims?
A killer hides in the darkness. Is he an angry man? Or a madman? What evil would cause a man to impale women on deer antlers? What possesses him to stuff them alive in steel drums where death can be slow and painful and agonizing? Does he choose his women at random? Or does he have a morbid and sinister reason? Is he looking for revenge? Or does he only want to inflict fear and pain? And why has he chosen Sage? And can she ever escape the death he has chosen for her?
Sue Coletta doesn’t just write thrillers. She lives them. And she has the talent to draw readers inside the cruel, depraved world with her. She crawls inside the reader’s head and allows the reader to crawl inside her head and witness the mystery, feel the fear and suspense right along with her.
Read Cleaved. It’s one of the best novels on the market.
But beware if you read it at night. And it’s best if you don’t read it alone.
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