Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: Cuts Run Deep by Amber Garza

Title: Cuts Run Deep
Author: Amber Garza
Publication: October 8th, 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars


Piper wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. Only fragmented memories surface – her boyfriend Jackson on the ground covered in blood, Piper standing over him, her hands slick and red. Then she is told the awful truth: Jackson was killed the night she was injured, and she is the only witness.

If only she could remember what happened.

Piper searches through her memories, recalling her entire relationship with Jackson in order to piece together what happened. Meanwhile, as Jackson’s family is trying to make sense of the tragedy, they find his journal and begin reading through it to find answers.

As the chilling truth begins to unfold, Piper has to face the darkest secrets of her relationship with Jackson and the part she played in his murder.


Cuts Run Deep was a tragic yet beautiful story.  This is one of those stories that will stay with you for a while.  I still can't let it go.  What happened in Cuts Run Deep happens everyday in life.  All the time.  And it shows you how one little decision or one little mistake can be a catalyst for worse things to come.  How unhealthy relationships can change a person for the worse and ruin not only them,but everyone around them.  This is a story that everyone can relate to in one way or another.  Amber did a fantastic job creating characters that were so real and raw.  I was pulled into their world and experienced everything they felt.  I felt the love, but I mostly felt the pain.  

Piper suffered through a traumatic experience that not even her own family believed happened. She was on her own, not trusting anyone.  Until she met Jackson.  Jackson became her everything.  She wanted him all to herself and didn't want to share him at all.  Didn't want him to hang out with his friends.  I really didn't like that about her, but she was who she was due to what happened to her.  Jackson was the only one who fought for her, believed in her, that he became a need for her.  He loved how Piper was different from everyone else.  Jackson became so obsessed with her that he pushed all his friends away.  He wanted to be there to protect and save her and in doing so, became a person he didn't recognize anymore.  Tyler was bullied all the time when he was little until Jackson became his friend.  Yet being on the receiving end of the bulling didn't stop him from bullying others or not stopping his friends from doing so.  He was so afraid of losing his seat at the popular table that he became a whole new person as well.  Courtney was a sweetheart.  She and Jackson were very close.  Losing her brother left a huge whole in her heart.  She believed Piper wasn't the murderer and began searching for what really happened. 

Piper wakes up in the hospital having no clue how she got there or why.  She wakes up to find out that Jackson is dead and she is the prime suspect for his murder.  She was also found covered in his blood yet can't remember anything that happened.What events led to Jackson's death, and why was paper covered in his blood? Well, you will have to read this book and find out!!!!

Cuts Run Deep was a beautifully written story that made me feel.  I even balled like a baby at the end after realizing what truly happened.  This story pulled me in and never the let me go.  The only little issue I had were the multiple POVs.  It took me a little while to get used to it switching to four different narrators.  I was very glad to be given the opportunity to read and review this story.  It is a MUST read and I highly recommend it!!!!

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