Book Review: Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper (ALC)

Cut to the Bone

Author: Ellison Cooper

Narrator: Danielle Deadwyler

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller

Length: 9 hours 1 minute

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

In Ellison Cooper’s new standalone novel Cut to the Bone, a bus full of high school students has disappeared from Washington D.C. and FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must hunt down the culprit who has a link to her own past.

After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer’s newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl’s body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems.

As the investigation draws her in to a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves.

While I still very much enjoyed Cut to the Bone, this was my least favorite of the Sayer Altair series. Now when I say least favorite, it means that instead of being a full five stars it was a full four stars, so no side eyes over here.

Just like with the previous two books, Cut to the Bone starts off with a bang. A dead girl has been discovered in a ritualistic type killing and she’s one of the 24 kidnapped high schoolers. This sends FBI agent Sayer Altair into high alert, and she is determined to find these kids before the body count starts racking up.

I love that Ellison Cooper writes these incredibly immersive, high stakes thrillers that leave you hanging off of every page. Additionally, the science is just so spot on. I can’t stand when authors use fake scientific terms or uses terms inappropriately.

Sayer and her team become even closer in this book. And it is clear that they operate better as a single unit versus separate entities. I used to be mainly team Sayer, but I couldn’t imagine a situation where Ezra, Max, and Holt weren’t also involved.

I enjoyed the Egyptology storyline. It brought something I wasn’t expecting from the aspect of the serial killer.

What kept this book from being a full five stars from me was the unexpected conspiracy turn that we took. I didn’t hate it per se, but the serial killer storyline took a backseat, which wasn’t really for me.

This book ends on one hell of a cliff hanger, so there better be a book four. I need more Sayer Altair in my life.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for the advanced listening copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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