Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cut In Three The Raw Allure of Revenge by Derek Haines

Know your friends

What does one do when your friends screw you over? Poor Sam goes through hell in the midst of getting a divorce. He’s not exactly innocent. He had an affair with a sexy co-worker, Susannah, some ten years prior, but his wife, Beckie, never forgot or forgave him.

Beckie festered over this indiscretion for ten years when she suddenly threw it in Sam’s face. Out the door he went, and into a flea bitten dump to lick his wounds.

Sam was a nice guy who worked for an insurance company. He didn’t revel in his present surroundings, which made him feel sad, alone, and confused. This was not a good time to start a new relationship, but that is exactly what he did.

He met Gail when she hit his car in a parking lot. After a quick tea in a diner to exchange insurance information, Sam thought nothing more of it. Gail called the next day wanting to see Sam where she fell head over heels in love with him.

Sam couldn’t say no to Gail as she protested her love for him often. He went along for the ride taking some kind of solace in seeing Gail. It took his mind off his divorce and neurotic wife, Beckie.

Sam also couldn’t say no when Susannah called and asked to see him. They picked up where they left off like it was ten years ago. Poor Sam wasn’t aware Susannah’s husband was sleeping with Beckie! He doesn’t put two and two together and realize that is the reason Beckie decided to throw his long ago affair in his face out of the blue.

If that isn’t dark enough, what followed Sam I won’t spoil for the reader. Suffice to say he went through hell. During his cut in three spell - was anyone there for him?

Nothing is predictable in Derek Haines’ novella, Cut In Three. While being a dark story about relationships and so-called friends, it remains a great read.

As always, Derek develops his characters so well you can’t put down any of his books once you start reading. None of us wants to live through what Sam lived through, that is if he lived after Cut In Three.

If you love a great mystery packed with suspense pick up a copy of Cut In Three by Derek Haines.