Published by Simon Pulse
Date Published: January 4, 2011
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…
When I first started this book I knew it was about two sisters murdering people. Like Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood meets Dexter. Sounds awesome, right? Right.
What I didn’t intend on was the murderesses being more like snotty little boys who torture turtles because they can. And that’s the secret to Slice of Cherry. It’s not about exacting revenge or even mindless cruel killing, the motive lies in these two teenage girls stuck in childhood and “filling a hole” within themselves by killing people who aren’t exactly saints to begin with. Oh, and it just so happens their father is on death row for murdering several people.
This is Dia Reeves’ second in the Portero series, though you don’t really need to read the first in order to read the second (I did, however) and if you’ve never read Reeves I suggest you loosen your mind before entering. Her world can get a little Alice in Wonderland-y if you aren’t used to that. Slice of Cherry had moments of pure childhood (almost cartoon-y) innocence blended with the slightly nauseating description of murder and other morbid things. And the real conflict begins when Kit, the older of the two, begins to grow up, leaving Fancy in her childish dream world.
So all things aside, this is a coming of age story. In the darkest way possible. Still, this book has no problem entering you into an altered reality and presenting a sweet and tough story about how hard it is to let go of the easiness of childhood and enter the turmoil of adolescence.
Oh, and if all of this isn't reason enough to get this book, check out the first line of the Acknowledgements page. I think you'll see the Novel Thoughts founder there! :D