When Rachel from Rachel’s RandomResources wrote to me about the Cuttin’ Heads Book Blog Tour I decided to step out of my sweet scented, frilly pink, romance genre comfort zone, join the tour and read D.A. Watson’s book.
Let’s just say I have not read many horror books in my time. I think as a teenager I managed to get through a couple of Stephen King novels but on the whole I have tended to avoid horror stories. Don’t ask me why. I suppose, like many others, I fell into my reading comfort zone early on and struggled to break away from handsome prince like male characters and the first flushes of a physical attraction.
As a writer I am currently going through some change. I feel like a teenager again. All I seem to be doing at the moment is rebelling against what I used to write. I am keen to sample new things, genres and styles of writing. Whilst writing I am also wearing a lot of leather, eye liner and craving darkness so please send help soon. Reading from other genres is therefore essential for me whilst experiencing such creative change.
This book review is a big thing for me. I am stepping out of my comfort zone on so many levels.
Here is my review of Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson:
What did you think of the cover?
It was very different to the fluffy romance bookcovers on my book shelf.
Cuttin’ Heads cover is defintely eye catching with the powerful imagery and bold colours.
I took a deep breath and dived straight in.
What did you think of the blurb?
Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.
Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.
Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.
They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.
When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.
Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?
The blurb was interesting and I had a sneaking suspicion these band members were not going to burn out from exhaustion.
What did you think of the book?
Are you ready for a shock?
I actually loved this book!
Oh my goodness, this book was so different to what I expected.
The characters Aldo, Luce and Ross are brilliant and make the story. They are ordinary people, with life troubles, who play in a band and one day-dream of being famous. The author should be congratulated on bringing these three to life.
I connected to all three of them on a deep level. They all loved creating music as it made all their life crap disappear when they were on stage. This is very similar to how I feel about writing.
Their love for music came through and so did the energy which came from when they played together. A few chapters in and I was becoming a ‘Public Alibi’ rock fan.
There are some great quotes in this book, one of which being:
‘That feeling of doing what you’re happiest doing. The thing you’re built for.’
Gappa Bale the smooth talking, record producer is a fabulous horror character. I think I would have found myself falling for his music producer talk and charming ways. As the book continutes this character becomes mysterious, edgy and unnerving.
I thought the story was marvellous. Aldo, Luce and Ross all get carried away with the prospect of fame and being ‘discovered’ by a talented record producer. They then start to question what they have got themselves into when they realise their record contracts have been signed with…their own blood.
Gappa Bale gets into their minds, dreams and souls. He seems to know everything about them; their fears, thoughts and motivations.
The creepiness is cranked up as the book progresses and you find it hard to put it down. The band end up going to Gappa Bale’s studio for two weeks to record their album and weird stuff with their minds starts to happen.
Was it really gory?
It wasn’t as gory as I expected to be. Yes there are a few blood shedding moments but the really scary stuff actually comes from Gappa Bale’s mind games.
The ending is hard-hitting and shocking in places, but this is a horror book so I sort of expected that. I really loved the extract from Rolling Stones Magazine at the end. A clever touch.
What themes ran through the book?
There were three main themes; family, music and fear. All the characters were dealing with some sort of family issue but what I loved was how as a band they had become like a little family unit. They needed this in view of what Gappa Bale had in store for them.
Overall – what did you think?
I thought Cuttin’ Heads was a fabulous story. It is not for the faint hearted but it is an addictive and enjoyable read.
As a writer I really admired D.A. Watson’s characterisation and I think there is a lot for me to learn here. I also loved his captivating style of writing.
A big thank you to Rachel for sending me invites for interesting blog tours.
I am so glad I stepped out of my reading comfort zone. Can’t believe I have actually read and enjoyed a horror novel.
Have a nice day x
Here is the Amazon link https://amzn.to/2K02I4X