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Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
When Hunter Kittrell and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Miki arrive at the small beach town of Beaufort, North Carolina, little do they know that they've just become the targets of a serial killer. As 'The Cat' leaves a bloody swathe of destruction across the small southern town, A Deeper Cut also weaves a tale of growth and forgiveness as Hunter struggles to become the man he was meant to be and not the prickly mask he hides behind after the disappearance of his father. A well written, almost lyrical novel, A Deeper Cut by Sheri Wren Haymore is a mix of murder mystery, Christian fiction, and coming of age tale.
A Deeper Cut was an enjoyable read and though I was trying to figure out who the serial killer was before the end of the book, this wasn't like your typical serial killer novel. The blood and gore are relatively mild and the whole mystery takes more of a backseat to Hunter's growth and change from a reckless, angry young man to a more mature and forgiving adult. The town of Beaufort, based on the real town of Beaufort, North Carolina, is almost like another character. Vibrant, alive, and full of Southern flair, Beaufort really shapes the story and makes the rampages of the serial killer on that small town all the more ghastly. A Deeper Cut was an enjoyable read that anyone of any background could enjoy. I must mention that the cover by Ted Ruybal was really simple yet evocative.