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The Cut

A seaside town in 1999. The end of the Millennium at the edge of the world.

Bored, indulged 18-year-old Bel is dangerous.

At the edge of her life, tensions stir and simmer in the salty air: her growing hatred for her stepmother, her disillusionment with life, her taste for danger.

At the heart of it all, gleaming and bright, is the knife she carries, a talisman which will both define her and betray her.

Drifting in and out of Bel’s life are the cynical JJ, the hapless Marcie and the spoilt Damien – an alignment which will ultimately prove fatal.

As events spin out of control, first in the gleaming palace of consumerism above the town and then, finally, on the harsh and merciless seafront, Bel must confront what she really believes in – and learn the true meaning of The Cut.

Praise for The Cut

‘Tense, street-smart novel with a mean streak . . . A sharp, observant, energetic writer with a nimble sense of language, a gift for pacey teenage backchat and an irreverent sense of humour . . . The Cut has a macabre Gothic edge . . . a joy to read.’ – Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

‘Blythe succeeds in conveying the neuroses and manipulative qualities of a dysfunctional, intelligent adolescent . . . Definitely an author to be watched.’ – New Woman

‘A thriller with depth and edge . . . infectious page-turner, written with remarkable style and efficacy.’ – Maxim

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