In the Cut

In the Cut❮Read❯ ➵ In the Cut ➸ Author Susanna Moore – By day Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance eccentricity and unspoken meaning By night she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang and takes chances One By day Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance eccentricity and unspoken meaning By night she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang and takes chances One night in the basement of a bar she walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman The man's face is shadowed in the darkness but she will forever remember the tattoo on the inside of his left wrist; the feeling of his eyes on her She will remember long after the first brutal murder rocks her neighborhood long after In the eBook Ó she is propelled into a sexual liaison that tests the limits of her safety and desires as she begins a terrifying descent into the dark places that reside deep within her Newly repackaged in its first trade paperback edition In the Cut is a masterfully written thriller that will keep readers tense with its mounting sense of terror. “‘A broad wants me to be one way wants something from me I can do it I told you that already just with you it’s different I feel like I’m running all the time Running just to stay even’‘I’m sorry’ I was furious‘You didn’t do nothing’‘I know I’m sorry that you feel that way’He nodded Softening ‘You’re not easy’‘Why would you want me to be?’He shrugged ‘You know what’s wrong with you? You know your worth You know just how much you’re worth’‘And that’s why I’m not easy?’He thought for a moment ‘Yeah’ He paused as if I really wanted him to come up with a right word ‘Yeah’”I think we have all taken a wrong turn while looking for a bathroom in a bar in a serpentine building and discovered with mild anxiety that we were lost Most of us don’t come across a gorgeous redhead giving fellatio to a man in the shadows but that is exactly what happens to Frannie Thorstin Do you leave? Do you stay? Clear your throat and askexcuse me where is the bathroom? The man notices Frannie watching He doesn’t care If anything it makes him lose his nut faster Frannie teaches English to a misfit group of young adults one of whom has dragged her into this bar ”Cornelius was having trouble with irony” Her hobby maybe it will turn into a book is compiling a list of street vernacular Words that have been appropriated for new uses or new words that have been created whole cloth to fit the evolving changes on the New York street Virginia Snapper Brasole Gash hound—all slang terms involving the vagina Gangster leanthe cool way to sit in the driver’s seat of a car Chronicdrug addict Dixie cupa person considered to be disposable The street creates its own language like lawyers doctors and psychologists She is the chronicler A person on safari unaware that the lions and tigers and hippopotamuses can come too close Detective James A Malloy comes by her apartment to ask some uestions The bartender gave up her name The redhead has been found with her throat slit and her body disarticulated She runs the word around her tongue It’s a good one Did she see anything?Frannie saw something More than she is willing to tell She saw a tattoo a distinctive one The same one that Malloy hasIs he the killer?Does she care?She’s hot for Malloy ”It would have been my third or sixth or tenth mistake I’d stopped counting” It was like having the street right in her bed right in her cut She likes him for all the wrong reasons She lusts for him for even worse reasons He is her deep cover research projecta barbarian within the gates It’s like everyone is watching her stalking her weighing her She is alive than she has ever been and never been closer to death What is really going on and who does the killer want next?The sex scenes are raw and explicit but also central to the plot and add to the overall uneasiness that the reader feels as the suspense ratchets upward We are aghast at the chances Frannie takes and wonder if she is trying to live on the edge or looking for a push off the ledge I love Susanna Moore’s writing style for this book It’s cut so lean it shows the bone This is a literary novel with splashes of gritty prose that could have been written by authors like Fredric Brown Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson This novel reeks of blood spit semen and sweat The plot is going to be too real for many people because Moore is going to push your sensibilities right to the breaking point but there are truths revealed in this novel where other authors fear to tread Jane Champion directed the 2003 movie based on the book starring Meg Ryan Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh and she keeps the movie true to the book We all tremble for Frannie If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account 45 So with the lamps all put out the moon sunk and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpouring of immense darkness beganTo the Lighthouse Virginia WoolfAfter finishing IN THE CUT I set it down and thought for a momentDid that really happen? I picked it up again and re read the final pagesYes yes it really did I should have knownthere were many clues given I felt like I had been punched in the gut and that feeling lingered over the next couple of days This story will stay with me for a very looooooong timeFrannie Thorstin the novel's narrator is a divorced 35 year old living in New York City She teaches a creative writing course at NYU and is writing a book on dialects and idiomatic language For the most part Frannie prefers her own company to others with one exception Pauline her best friend who she thinks of as familyThe story begins in a bar called The Red Turtle a seedy place that is a favorite spot for both cops and criminals Cornelius Webb Frannie's student is giving her insight into street slang for her book and has asked to meet When Frannie goes in search of the washrooms downstairs she ends up witnessing a sexual act between an unknown red haired woman and a man whose face is concealed in shadow a tattoo of the three of spades on his wristSoon after Detective James Malloy comes a calling and Frannie is both instantly attracted and disturbed by the encounter Malloy informs her of a murder that she may know something about The savage murder of a red haired woman who hung out at The Red Turtle And although Frannie is shaken she keeps uiet about what she saw on the night she was there especially after noticing Malloy's tattooAlthough Frannie knows she shouldn't she starts a sexual relationship with Detective Malloy and plunges into a dark unfamiliar world very different from the one she is used to Come at last to this point I look back on my passion And realize that I Have been like a blind man Who is unafraid of the dark IN THE CUT is beautiful and unsettling ugly and disturbing There is poetry sex cruel and brutal men aplenty and an ending that will haunt your dreams In the Cut was made into a movie just a scant few years ago by artsy feminist director Jane Campion with Meg Ryan the all American girl trying to pull the mid life star comeback and the sexy image changing turn with Oscar bait glum acting chops and the reuisite nudity in the role of the language scholar and teacher who succumbs to the pull of the seamy side of NYC Shades of Looking for Mr Goodbar perhapsThe book in a nutshell is about a divorced English teacher in New York Frannie in the film but unnamed in the book; I'll stick with Frannie for ID purposes whose days involve contending with half illiterate students and whose nights seem a bit dowdy until she sees a sexual act in a bar that ends up making her a potential witness in a murder case She finds herself being visited rather too freuently by a rough hewn police detective Malloy whose crudity fascinates her but who also may be leading her into greater dangerAfter reading this I think the material actually works better in film form I like the film but it like this book suffers from a kind of schizophrenia It seems that half the time author Susanna Moore is interested in exploring arcana such as linguistics her character is contantly pondering and musing over various types of argot student teacher relations school politics social class distinctions and the place of the intelligent working gal and her conflicting sexual feelings in the milieu of postmodern urban alienation Blah blah In the doing so the crime story of the book gets elongated almost to the point of nonexistence for most of the narrative Frannie as narrator ergo Susanna Moore admits than once that she can't stick to the pointThe book is filled with interminable tangents and digressions that sap the gravitas from a shocking though not entirely unexpected ending that should be powerful but isn't due to reader lack of interest by that point The dialogues between Frannie and her friend John are incredibly boring and sometimes nonsensical or just badly written and the doings in the police precinct H are listless And I don't understand all the broohaha here among reviewers about the allegedly saucy sex scenes They don't seem particularly uniue to me Maybe I'm jadedThe upshot is that readers who dig crime fiction are not going to like this very much as a crime thriller and also means that readers interested in philosophical character studies are going to be annoyed that there is any crime plot at all especially as it gains momentum again near the finaleWatching the film I liked all the stuff about the milieu of dark New York and the sensuous urges of the heroine but was put out when the cheesy crime plot elements intruded in fact the movie radically changes the ending to an unlikely happy one but that's Hollywood folks Reading the book I appreciated its consideration of issues of female control and sexuality and a woman's observations about male sexual behavior even when they were sometimes stereotypical Given the thematic ambitions of the book I'm not sure if Moore really wanted to write a crime book or felt that doing so would give it commercial legs The only really useful thing about the crime plot is that it introduces an element of risk and danger that plays on the conflicting urges of the heroine to be safe and bookish versus daring and sensualThe book has moments of bravura writing but seems at times also to need tighter editing I sometimes felt that Moore had written lots of notes about people's speech patterns with the intention of shoe horning them into a novel narrative which at times is how the thing feels while reading it Yes I realize Frannie is supposed to be writing a dictionary about contemporary slang but the asides in which she shares some of its contents feel like an intrusion You just want her to get on with the story alreadyThe book was interesting enough to continue reading and there were passages where I was thinking Why can't she write the rest of this book this well? Perhaps I was put off somewhat by Frannie's air of condescension throughout; it often made it hard for me to take her and the issues in the book seriously There's a really good novel hiding in this mess It strives but fails to find the Platonic form it seeksI'd recommend the movie I think one version of the movie on DVD may offer the alternate original downbeat ending but advise passing on this book with so many other good reads out thereKrKY reposted 2016 Frannie is a school teacher instructing students on how to write She has a love of words and language She's making notes in order to someday write a book right now she's concentrating on street slangOne evening she's in a local bar headed for the basement ladies room She accidentally walks in on a man and a woman during an intimate moment His face is in the shadows but she remembers well the tattoo on his wrist The woman is young with red hairHomicide detectives show up asking uestions about the latest woman to be murdered in her neighborhood From there she enters into an explicitly intimate relationship with one of the detectives who has a tattoo on his wristThis book is not for the faint of heart It's raw it's dark it's gritty The intimate times are graphic and vivid Nothing is hidden from the reader Language is harsh and unrelenting IN THE CUT is a well written erotica thriller with psychological overtones along with characters and events that literally will have you checking the doors and windows and if you are a woman will have you taking a second or third look at the men in your lives The ending is sensational never saw it coming An intelligent slim sly thriller in which you're never uite sure whether the characters are telling the truth Also an interesting use of first person narration especially at the end which I won't reveal except that it left me saying wow #gifted orionbooks Sex murder and linguistics? An odd combination for sure and I’m not entirely sure how well they tie together in this book I was in the mood for something very fast earlier this week as being super busy put me in danger of a reading slump In the Cut certainly delivered on that part as I devoured it in just a few hoursPart crime novel part erotica the action in this book never stops except when the protagonist takes a break to muse on linguistic discrepancies and to give updates on the dictionary she’s working on It was uite jarring when that happened even though Moore’s writing was clear cut and readable There are also some very steamy scenes so I would not recommend reading this one on the train or tubeIt’s violent grim and gritty the characters are all horrible and make terrible decisions and I couldn’t tell if they were intentionally awful or if the book just hasn’t aged well I do tend to think it’s intentional that Moore wants her characters to be unlikeable and suffer for itI saw a lot of comments on the wow factor of the ending and while it was certainly shocking I felt a bit let down by the actual revealSo did I enjoy it? Couldn’t tell you Was it a compulsive read? Absolutely Will I be recommending it? I think I’ll have to let you all decide for yourselves whether it’s a book for you One of the things that interests me about sex is that it is a conspiracy of improvised myths Very effective in evoking forbidden or hidden wishes I hadn't realised I had so many of them until I met Jimmy Malloy A tight taut terrifying tale that shimmers with an oppressive sense of risk and danger as clever Frannie with her intellectual interests in language and her penchant for perilous unsafe sex finds herself followed by various men while a misogynistic serial killer is at work in New York Moore is brilliant at creating a voice for her narrator and takes narrative risks herself not least in the disturbingly wow ending Acute on the permeable boundaries between eroticism and violence on how power is gendered and subverted through the sexual this also insists that brutality against women is both physical and ideological disarticulated is the term used to describe the maiming of female bodies a word which also carries within it an image of women made voiceless and muteSharp smart and focused this is both a critiue of all those slasher thrillers that make currency out of violated female bodies while at the same time probing the complicities implied by the popularity of the genre with female readers Well that was certainly about 180 pagesMoore's narrator is a creative writing instructor working for a program that specializes in talented disadvantaged students; she's also writing a book on linguistics specifically on slang so she spends the novel collecting words It suits her she's acuisitive curious She wants access and understanding but she's there to analyze and obsess not judgeDespite her apparently sedate career she winds up getting involved in a string of brutal murders while at a bar with a student already a violation of boundaries so the book shows you early on how she lets the lines get blurred she goes looking for the bathroom and stumbles in on a man getting a blowjob She's hypnotized by it especially since the position means that she and the man can see each other though she can't get a good look at his face but the woman doesn't know she's there Something about the man's vibe appeals to her She notices a particular tattoo on his wristThe woman giving the blowjob then turns up murdered and the cop who shows up to ask the narrator uestions about it has that tattoo on his wrist Now it would occur to me to you and I suspect to anyone that this brings with it a whole host of concerns but Moore's narrator focuses entirely on the cop's role in the blowjob and not at all on his possible role in the murder She falls into an erotic obsession with him and they have an awkward earthy very explicit affair while she's swimmy headed with lust and the reader doesn't know who to trustThis is a hard one to review because for much of its length I wasn't really enjoying it I really admire the way Moore writes about sex and her narrator's obsessive desire for this particular man this is a surprisingly difficult thing to pull off and I can think of multiple writers all very good who haven't exactly managed it Moore nails the way the way the pull between the characters is physical in the sense of being rooted in specific details but also the way attraction goes beyond notions of beauty and into something electric and harder to define The sexual thrill and danger work together very wellBut for the longest time nothing else about the novel hangs together for me Partly that's because Moore's story is partly about being driven by impulse so characters are constantly making decisions that seem poorly motivated; it works thematically but is nonetheless annoying But also Moore pushes the dark appeal so far that everything in the novel just seems grimy and incredibly weird as if the whole world has been pulled into the narrator's vortex of sex and slime Realism slips casually into surrealism and just plain WTF Some samples Cops go through girlfriends like they go through veal cutlets That's the comparison you reach for? I don't even remember the last time I ate a veal cutlet so I can't even get a good fix on this Are cops notorious for eating a lot of veal cutlets? Can they afford that on their salaries? Surely beef is cheaper Can you imagine him going into Cartier and ordering it? It's not as if they have charms for the termination of pregnancy in the display case Well perhaps now they do but they didn't have them in 1956 The charms would have been made especially for him We're talking here for the record about a golden Cartier charm bracelet a family heirloom the narrator's friend passes onto her the charms are a tiny baby carriage a telegram a gold toilet a kind of poultry bulb baster and a cocktail shaker that unscrews and turns out to hold a tiny golden baby I mean this is at least supposed to be weird in the text but I feel like if I ever encountered something this weird it would be all I talked about for the next three daysBut the all time winner is the following offhanded reference I who refused for years to let the husband in Paris realize his life's ambition of photographing a scorpion in my vaginaYeah AS WOULD ISo well handled simmering eroticism intentionally vulgar and well done sex scenes a good grasp on the entanglement of sex and danger and a Highsmith like take on instability and narcissism all good; scorpions in vaginas bad inability to persistently see the characters as human beings also bad But then the last say two pages of the novel are such a bravura conclusion horrifying and exultant that it permanently colors how I see the book and almost makes me want to bump this up to four stars It's the kind of book you might therefore enjoy in retrospect than you enjoy while you're actually reading it Which isn't a bad deal it's less than two hundred pages so it won't take you long to read but you'll have the rest of your life to be puzzled and traumatized by it In The Cut was a uick read It kept me turning the pages wanting to know what would happen The main character intrigued me at first And that's about as close as I can get to praise for this bookIf you can stomach gruesome twisted violence and enjoy analyzing it on a symbolic or literary level then you may appreciate this book than I I don't think this book had anywhere near enough to say however to justify its sickening level of brutalityAt its heart this is a mediocre whodunit A good mystery of this type gives us several plausible suspects each with motive each keeping us guessing I guess that Susanna Moore wasn't up to the task so instead she gives us red herrings clues that mean nothing; characters who are under suspicion simply because they always seem to be showing up for no good reason; a revelation at the end that is disappointing in its lack of connection to what the reader already knowsMoore apparently sees nothing good in female sexuality It seems to me that she is portraying women as victims of their own uncontrollable urges blinded by sex Weak because of it That's a sad perspective to takeI don't mind violence in a book or movie when it serves a purpose Instead here it is both the means and the endAgain I'm sure that some readers will get off on analyzing this book in terms of symbols the narrator symbolizes this; her use of language tells us that about the human condition But the main character who starts off so refreshingly different never gets fully developed The other characters are caricatures there only to play out their role As someone who prefers to read about people rather than mere cyphers and who doesn't appreciate graphic violence without a strong story to support it In The Cut doesn't make the cut Susanna Moore's In the Cut is a strange and lucid thriller vividly atmospheric feverish and oppressively sinister Frannie is a linguist and teacher divorced and living alone in New York; she teaches creative writing to disadvantaged but gifted students and is also compiling a dictionary of local slang excerpts from which pepper the narrative At the beginning of the story she goes to a bar with a male student an act she feels uncertain about from the start and while looking for the toilet she stumbles into the bar's basement and catches a handsome man getting a blowjob from a beautiful redheaded woman The same woman later turns up dead and Frannie having freuented the bar becomes caught up in the police investigation into the murder Said investigation is led by an attractive but menacing detective named Malloy who Frannie is drawn to but who she also due to a distinctive tattoo on his wrist suspects of being the man in the basementThe story is set in the New York of the early 1990s but it's hard to believe it's not taking place in an earlier era when you consider the attitudes of the characters Although Frannie herself is an intelligent and independent woman she's surrounded by racism misogyny homophobia violence against women and constant intimidating behaviour from men Aside from physical attraction it's difficult to understand why she would want to get involved with the brutish Malloy The sex scenes in the book are uncomfortable not because their content is particularly explicit but because there is an underlying brutality and violence to them a sense of threat which is deeply disturbing The climax of the story is horrendously gruesome but it also chucks in a twist regarding the identity of the killer which I found unforgivably obvious and lazy The shock value of the ending feels like a convenient smokescreen for the weakness of the plot view spoilerCornelius always hanging around is a too easy red herring; killing off Frannie's best friend is a lazy move as is the reveal of the other detective can't remember his name not a good sign as the murderer especially since he has the same tattoo as Malloy and Frannie doesn't notice this until the very end despite meeting him on numerous occasions hide spoiler

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  • Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • In the Cut
  • Susanna Moore
  • English
  • 03 July 2016
  • 9780452281295