In the Cut by Susanna Moore

In the Cut

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Jane Campion and starring Meg Ryan In theaters this fall By day, Frannie teaches her writing students about irony and language in all its nuance and unspoken meaning. By night, she compiles a secret dictionary of street slang. One night in the basement of a bar she walks in on an intimate moment between a man and a woman. The man's face is shadowed in the darkness, but she will forever remember the t...


Details In the Cut

TitleIn the Cut
ISBN9780330347815
Author
Release DateDec 17th, 1998
PublisherMacMillan
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense
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Reviews In the Cut

  • Delee
    2013-03-11
    4.5So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpouring of immense darkness began.To the Lighthouse, Virginia WoolfAfter finishing IN THE CUT- I set it down and thought for a moment...Did that really happen? I picked it up again and re-read the final pages...Yes, yes, it really did. I should have known...there were many clues given- I felt like I had been punched in the gut, and that feeling lingered ov...
  • Evan
    2011-01-26
    In the Cut was made into a movie just a scant few years ago by artsy feminist director Jane Campion, with Meg Ryan the all-American girl trying to pull the mid-life star comeback and the sexy image-changing turn (with Oscar-bait glum acting chops and the requisite nudity) in the role of the language scholar and teacher who succumbs to the pull of the seamy side of NYC. Shades of Looking for Mr. Goodbar, perhaps.The book, in a nutshell, is about a...
  • Michael
    2017-09-17
    An intelligent slim sly thriller in which you're never quite sure whether the characters are telling the truth. Also an interesting use of first-person narration, especially at the end, which I won't reveal, except that it left me saying: wow.
  • Ken
    2007-06-13
    In The Cut was a quick read. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen. The main character intrigued me at first. And that's about as close as I can get to praise for this book.If you can stomach gruesome, twisted violence and enjoy analyzing it on a symbolic or literary level, then you may appreciate this book more than I. I don't think this book had anywhere near enough to say, however, to justify its sickening level of br...
  • Lauren
    2018-12-10
    Well, that was certainly... about 180 pages.Moore's narrator is a creative writing instructor working for a program that specializes in talented, disadvantaged students; she's also writing a book on linguistics, specifically on slang, so she spends the novel collecting words. It suits her--she's acquisitive, curious. She wants access and understanding, but she's there to analyze and obsess, not judge.Despite her apparently sedate career, she wind...
  • Blair
    2014-05-02
    Susanna Moore's In the Cut is a strange and lucid thriller, vividly atmospheric, feverish and oppressively sinister. Frannie is a linguist and teacher, divorced and living alone in New York; she teaches creative writing to disadvantaged but gifted students and is also compiling a dictionary of local slang, excerpts from which pepper the narrative. At the beginning of the story, she goes to a bar with a male student - an act she feels uncertain ab...
  • Vanessa
    2011-12-10
    I picked this book up out of sheer perversity. Since this is billed as an erotic thriller, I should probably elaborate. Come closer, won't you?So, the movie they made of this book. It has a good pedigree: interesting actors like Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Jason Leigh star (also starring but not very interesting is Meg Ryan) and Jane Campion directs. It's terrible. It's ludicrous. It is compellingly watchable in its awfulness like a grittily render...
  • Trish
    2009-12-07
    I assume that in the film version of this, Meg Ryan doesn't get her nipple cut off.I read this out of curiosity, because the movie got generally poor reviews, and I wondered if the book was better.Plot summary: A single woman living in New York does many stupid things, and then dies.Really. That's it. I can't even begin to list all of the ways this book didn't make sense to me. Maybe there really are people who move through life in such a dreamli...
  • Alistair Cross
    2012-11-22
    I read this book in one sitting (just now, actually) so that must mean I liked it. It's strange though. That's not a bad thing, really, it just isn't quite like anything I've ever read before, and I can't quite figure out what to think of it yet.What impressed me most, probably, was the writer's ability to convey a protagonist who was searching for something without seeming to consciously realize that anything was even missing. Interesting, that....
  • Taylor
    2017-04-23
    Another great warm weather porch read. I read this in one day.I knew about Jane Campion's film adaptation before I knew In the Cut was a book - Meg Ryan playing the titular woman, involved in an affair with fine-ass Mark Ruffalo, as a detective/maybe serial killer. Luckily it had been awhile since I'd seen the film, because as it goes, the book is way better.Our protagonist, Frannie, is an english teacher obsessed with slang. She's smart, cool, c...
  • Stacey
    2008-03-04
    I've never read erotic literature per se, but there are parts of this book that I imagine would fall into that category. Those parts, the sexually explicit but not pornographic details, were the best thing about this book. The suspense that Moore was trying to create and build up throughout was certainly vivid at times but fell short at others. I wanted to know more, feel more about the protagonist and her motivations. Since I didn't, I felt rath...
  • Sabrina Robinson
    2007-09-02
    I liked the raw sex scenes. That pretty much was the whole appeal for me. Update- I just reread this and even the sex scenes weren't that good. I think the author was trying to hard to be artsy. In my reread I got the impression the author was trying to make the main character seem cerebral and deep but it just made for disjointed dialogue and forced interactions. I couldn't finish it the second time.
  • Elizabeth
    2018-08-02
    staff recommendation from the library. short novella about an isolated woman who becomes involved with a detective who she suspects is shady AF. it's gruesome & mean. there is misogyny & some of the worst stereotyping i have ever read. also, the "sexual tension" reads as brutal & discomfiting. not for me;2 stars for the episodic great writing.
  • J.M. Lawler
    2017-09-23
    Incredible. This is one of the most erotic books I've ever read. It is foremost a thriller, but for such a slim volume it delivers so much. It delves deep into vulnerability and irrationality, and the murky terrain between men and women. Moore's observation of the way people talk and react are spot on. Every sentence is perfect, nothing is wasted. Such intelligent, inspirational writing.
  • Anne
    2009-11-26
    I liked her voice. A lot. But I'm still trying to figure out how this story is different from all the crap that lets rip with a strong female character, who has a dark sense of humor/fantasy that can't quite fight loneliness, a wide circle of friends across all kinds of tracks, and Lucite heels. And ends up dead after using "bad judgement," aka too much (intellectual) curiosity. This one @ the hands of a particularly fetishised Puerto Rican cop. ...
  • Jennifer
    2007-07-24
    Very strange book. Moore seems to hate her characters as much as Scott Smith hates his...she has no compassion for any of them and, as such, anything goes. The end is easily the most disturbing ending of any book I've ever read (Hollywood ditched the ending for the movie), sorta reminiscent of Blair Witch (in terms of making you say "holy crap, did that just happen?" vs supernatural). Not for the faint of heart.
  • Jessica
    2007-12-03
    This is a sort of Looking For Mr. Goodbar-come-lately story about an ostensibly tough, sexually confident woman who likes to Sleep With Danger and becomes entangled with a sadistic murderer. Although atmospheric and sexually provocative, at heart this is really a damsel-in-distress-meets-serial-killer story that isn't particularly innovative or surprising.
  • Lisa Greer
    2008-02-16
    this book is amazing and one that many probably haven't read. I stumbled upon it in the library one day. It haunted me for days. Things aren't always as they seem in matters of love, sexuality, etc. The ending is haunting.
  • Vinessa
    2007-10-24
    Dark, disturbing, tight edgy writing. Have reread it at least four times. Great opening...tells the whole story without giving anything away...unexpected ending.
  • La Mala ✌
    2013-12-08
    Uno de los finales mas escalofriantes que leí en una novela de misterio . Estuve varias horas dándole vueltas en mi cabeza y todavia no puedo sacudirme la sensación que me dejo .
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    2011-02-27
    The ethereal writing of Moore reminds me of a female James Salter--a purposeful detachment that conveys the protagonist's (Frannie's) detachment from her own life. Startling ironies hint at Frannie's personal tragedies--accumulated and melancholied--heaped in a corner of her heart and cresting to bleed out onto the pages. It is this prose that creates a vivid depth of feeling and a taut, fresh, exciting rigor of momentum. Frannie is a scholarly w...
  • Nicola
    2009-10-13
    When I first read In the Cut, I was swept up in its surface pleasures: the protagonist, Franny moves through seedy parts of New York City, but there’s a dark wonder to every scene; the poetry posted on the subway forms the backdrop to her story, as if it were placed there especially for her. As a teacher and writer, she rolls words on her tongue, obsessing over etymology, even dividing words into ‘good’ and ‘bad’. It’s a wonderful wor...
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2014-04-11
    I couldn't figure out if this was intentionally offensive. God, the racist terms, and this ethnic group does this, and that ethnic group does that. And I couldn't figure out if the feminist stuff here and there was actually feminist or just a load of crap.I liked the writing, at least.But I was nearing the end and I was frantic because there didn't seem to be enough pages to finish the story.And there weren't.
  • Adam
    2007-05-29
    I tore through this really quickly. It's probably not for everyone, but the combination of spare prose, precise language, graphic sex, and cooly observed violence really worked for me. Definitely worth reading, even if you've already seen the movie.
  • Elizabeth
    2019-01-03
    I am honestly baffled as to what I just read, but I, in some way, am totally in awe of it at the same time. I picked this book up from the thrift store (my sissy bought it for me!), and I had never heard of it, but something about it seemed familiar. I still don't totally know what seemed familiar about it because the story was brand new, I'd never heard of the author, nor had I seen the cover. But I'm glad I picked it up, because what a weird an...
  • Allison Floyd
    2018-10-15
    Whoa! If Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gaitskill, and Gillian Flynn had you over for cocktails, this is what it would feel like. And you know the cocktails would have bleach in them. Or, in the words of Frank Fontana, "Who decorated this place—Sylvia Plath?" Suffice it to say that it's not the feel-good read of the year. Then again, who turns to thrillers as the feel-good books of any quantity of time? Also, I seem to be a on a books-that-feature-ter...
  • brianna
    2018-08-26
    In the tradition of shorter novels like "In the Miso Soup" by Ryu Murakami, this is a brief, violent, graphic excursion into sex, murder, and... a brief dictionary of slang words. I enjoyed it, and even the actually surprising twist at the end.
  • Evelyn Morgan
    2018-08-26
    I remember reading this book a couple of years after seeing the movie with Meg Ryan. It is a very well written thriller about a young woman's descent into the darker and seamier section of society. The story and the characters were intense, and the ending veered from the movie, but I found it quite riveting.
  • Travis Fortney
    2012-12-06
    I can imagine just how the process for dreaming up this story must have started, and Susanna Moore deserves kudos and praise for following her imagination down that particular rabbit hole. (The rabbit hole in question, by the way, goes something like this: Author is kind of lying around her airy, light-filled NYC brownstone one afternoon, and a thought occurs to her--I wonder if anyone has died while having sex--and this causes her to consider th...
  • Gloria Cangahuala
    2013-09-02
    This was my first Susanna Moore book, and I picked it up because of all the hype about it when it first came out. I found the book to be a darkly entertaining erotic mystery. Moore has quite a way with descriptions, her language at times humorous, her imagery vivid. Yes, there is raw sex in the book, and yes, Moore minces no words when it comes to crude references to sex and sexual acts. None of that bothered me, though. What did bother me was th...