The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge
Genres: Christian, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426714661
Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights’ perfume ads. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was.
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Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind.


Ace Collins has created a compelling read with his latest novel. The Cutting Edge cuts deep indeed as it rips away the layers and portrays what can happen when beauty is only skin deep. Collins weaves a suspenseful plot into this issue-driven and character-focused tale. In spite of her lack of inner strength, Leslie Rhoads is a likeable character, and the horrific attack she experiences makes it easy to sympathize with her as she must confront the physical and emotional challenges that result from her attack. This is not a simplistic novel. Leslie grapples with difficult issues such as suicide, the purpose of life, betrayal and the foundations of attraction and love. Collins expertly weaves threads of faith, hope, and love among the suspense and despair in this story that is alternately chilling, poignant, and heartwarming. While this is a standalone, readers of Darkness Before Dawn will enjoy appearances of that novel’s main character, Meg Richards. Don’t miss this important book. ~ Mocha with Linda, Amazon


This is a very interesting story that really makes you think about the importance put on appearances rather than on character. Leslie was used to depending on her looks, so when she lost them, she felt like she lost her worth. It’s a good reminder that it’s more important that we’re beautiful inside than out. I like who Leslie became by the end of the book and the supportive people in her life who showed her unconditional love. It’s amazing what people can survive with a support system, especially when they turn to God. It seemed Leslie grew up going to church, but had shed her faith as she pursued her career. There’s talk of faith throughout the book, but there’s not really a defining moment where she turns back to God, which I would have liked to see. This is a sequel to Darkness Before Dawn, which I didn’t realize until after I’d read the book, but I don’t think it had much impact on this story as it was about her cousin. There’s some romance and suspense, which I enjoyed. I really liked the unique plot, too. Check out this unique story! ~ shopgirl125ny, Amazon

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