The Cutting Room Floor


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Flux.


Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.


I’m really torn with this book, because it was easy to read, but it wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be more of a murder mystery. It does have elements of mystery about it, but it’s not the sole focus which I thought it would be.

The Cutting Room Floor is more about Riley’s struggle with her sexuality and her friend Desmond’s desire to be with Riley. I don’t mind reading about this, if that was the only thing going on, but then the murder of their teacher was thrown in. I don’t think that it particularly worked well, as it only seemed touched upon at the beginning and towards the end.

I did like how flash back scenes were included written like a screen play. I found this very interesting to read.

There was nothing particularly wrong with Dawn Klehr’s writing. I just didn’t connect with the book as much as I’d hoped. You might still enjoy it though, so it’s worth giving it a try.

Reading next for NetGalley November:
Shattered- C.S Kane

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