Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review: The Deepest Cut

Review of "The Deepest Cut"


Title: The Deepest Cut A Mackinnon Curse
Author: J.A, Templeton
Publication Date: 10/01/2011


Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.


I kind of stumbled across this one while perusing through the kindle store. I liked the cover and the title seemed intriguing enough to click on it. So I did, click on it. After reading the synopsis and a couple reviews, I was sold.

The story takes place in rural Scotland where the main character moves with her broken family after tragically losing her mom in a car wreck that she was involved in. To deal with the pain, Riley cuts herself. It's her form of a drug fix. The author handled the very real issue of cutting seriously but not preachy which I was afraid it would have been. Never did it detract from the story, but added depth and realism to the character.

Not only has Riley been cutting since that tragic day, but since her mom's accident now she can see the dead. I know flashback to the Sixth Sense, but really it wasn't like that at all. At first it was a little funny. Then she meets her love interest Ian, which quickly because a love interest of mine (sorry hubby). The thing is...Ian is a ghost.

Riley and Ian get close a little too close for the liking one particular ghost. A ghost bent on revenge and the one holding Ian earthbound. Laria, the evil ghost, gets scarier and scarier with each scene. I found myself creeped out on several occasions. I'm reading the second book now and let me tell you that it gets scarier still. She's just creepy and crazy enough to pull it off.

I really liked the combo of horror and regular old YA fiction. The characters and setting were original and realistic, even a little historic at times. I enjoyed it until the very end.


Jeanette Pekala
Author of Culture Shock


  1. I've got this The Deepest Cut on my tbr list. Glad to hear that it'll be worth the read!

  2. It definitely is worth it. The second and third books in the series are awesome too! The third one gets SCARY!