I really liked Dia Reeves' first book, Bleeding Violet. While it was gory and violent, it felt almost justified in the world it was set in, and was counteracted by the romance and character development.
Slice Of Cherry was violent, too, but not justified like it was in Bleeding Violent. Our main characters, sisters Kit and Fancy, were obsessed with killing people, usually in creative and sickening ways. They didn't even need a reason to abduct and torture people, and those aren't the kind of characters I'm going to connect with, let alone like. Especially Fancy, who felt like an overgrown and clingy child.
Plus, I didn't buy into the notion that psychopathic tendencies could be inherited. I don't think that the children of The Bonesaw Killer have to be or will be killers as well.
The romance between either sisters and their boyfriends felt incredibly unrealistic. The dialogue between the couples just felt awkward in some instances to me. For instance, I think telling your significant other that you want to cut them open and kiss them all over their insides as well is crossing the line.
I was really disappointed by Slice Of Cherry. I thought this companion novel to Bleeding Violet could flesh out the world better and give a insider perspective to Portero, but I heard almost nothing about how the town worked and the characters were annoying as well as messed up.
I give Slice Of Cherry a 2 out of 5.