Title: Slice of Cherry
Author: Dia Reeves
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com) Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around.
It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities….
I first discovered Slice of Cherry on another book bloggers “Waiting on Wednesday” entry. I found myself so intrigued with the description that I wrote it down and vowed to read it as soon as I could. Months and months later, I finally was able to obtain a copy and read it for myself. It wasn’t at all like I expected and that’s not exactly a bad thing. To put it fairly simple the book was, as described by another reviewer on GoodReads, “A Psychopathic Killer’s Narnia” and they couldn’t be more accurate.
We meet Kit and Fancy Cordelle, sisters of the exceptionally tight kind. They do everything together and are rarely without each other. After all, no one understands what its like being in their shoes; the daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer. No one else understands their urge to kill; no one except their father and he’s in Prison awaiting execution.
Initially I thought Slice of Cherry would be a realistic thriller about two young girls who are too much like their father and are too close for comfort. What I discovered was that it was a mixture of paranormal oddness. It made me wonder, “What exactly was Dia Reeves ON when she wrote this?” Even so, she’s quite the genius. There were points when it ran a little slow and bits and pieces that confused me. For example, Reeves mentions ‘cacklers’ a lot in the book, which were described as monster-like creatures. When I looked up ‘cackler’ google said they were birds and I kept wondering why was everyone scared of BIRDS? But it turns out Reeves has made up a fictional monster creature which may be mentioned in a companion novel, “Bleeding Violet”. For some reason the town these girls live in, Portero, Texas is highly magical/mysterious and not a lot of detail goes into what makes Portero such an open door to all that is paranormal. For a while, actually, I thought I was reading about a setting near New Orleans for all it’s voodoo like descriptions.
After I finished Slice of Cherry, I felt strange. Almost violated in a way; creeped out for sure. I even woke up in the middle of the night and all I could think about was how strange this book was. I am just at loss for words. It sounds like I am complaining but I am most certainly not. Only master story tellers can make you feel a wide-range of emotions, even emotions people don’t particularly like to visit often.
Slice of Cherry was a wonderfully written piece of new author, Dia Reeves, full of gore and magic, and more gore (and a little romance). I think for those that enjoy reading about serial killers, you may have the stomach to read (and enjoy) Slice of Cherry. For those who are super sensitive to horror, you may never sleep again.
Overall: Buy it.