The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh

This is a dark, disturbing but compulsive read. Rilke, a Glasgow auctioneer, is determined to find out if the girl in some Victorian pornographic photos was murdered. Takes the reader on a fast moving journey into the depths of the seedier side of the city, meeting bizarre, unpleasant and curious characters along the way.


It was an envelope. Just a buff-coloured, thick-papered, document envelope. Straight away I knew it held photographs. I could feel them, the weight, the uniform size, photos not good enough for an album. Two thick rubber bands secured the folds, one pink, one blue ... I pulled the bands off ... and slid the photographs into my hand.
Mr McKindless is wearing a white shirt and bow tie. His hair has lost some of its Brylcreemed bounce, it lies damp and plastered across his forehead. His attention is focused on the young girl in his arms. She is pretty, pale-faced and lipsticked. Her head thrown backwards in his embrace, her dark curls, ringlets almost, tumbling away from her face. She is naked except for suspenders and stockings, and seems almost asleep. McKindless looks as if he is talking, trying to rouse her.

  • Hen's Teeth by Manda Scott
  • Dead Souls by Ian Rankin

Books with similar mood

A Good Country

Laleh Khadivi

Forest Gate

Peter Akinti


Helen Fitzgerald

The Secret Hunters

Ranulph Fiennes

The Director's Cut

Nicholas Royle

Orange Laughter

Leone Ross


Natsuo Kirino


Henry Flesh


Courttia Newland

Rainbow Milk

Paul Mendez

The House of Impossible Beauties

Joseph Cassara

The Visionist

Rachel Urquhart

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride

Ice Cold

Andrea Maria Schenkel


Hitomi Kanehara


Nicole Dennis-Benn


Melissa Lee-Houghton

Before, During, After

Richard Bausch

Made in Britain

Gavin James Bower

The Peacock Throne

Sujit Saraf

Born under Punches

Martyn Waites

Nineteen Eighty

David Peace

The Neighborhood

Mario Vargas Llosa

Kind One

Laird Hunt

Freedom's Child

Jax Miller

The Undertaking

Audrey Magee

Boxer Handsome

Anna Whitwham

Rocks in the Belly

Jon Bauer

Taming the Beast

Emily Maguire

The Lost Daughter of Happpiness

Geling Yan

White Chrysanthemum

Mary Lynn Bracht

Merciless Gods

Christos Tsiolkas

An Untamed State

Roxane Gay

Easy Money

Jens Lapidus


Anouar Benmalek

Whatever You Love

Louise Doughty

Citizen One

Andy Oakes


Nicholas Royle

I Have Waited, and You Have Come

Martine McDonagh


Oisin Fagan

The Shore

Sara Taylor

The Wasted Vigil

Nadeem Aslam

Lorraine Connection

Dominique Manotti


Sarah Dunant

Untied Kingdom

James Lovegrove

The Quiet Violence of Dreams

K Duiker

Birmingham Noir

Joel Lane (ed)

Exquisite Corpse

Poppy Z Brite

An Expensive Education

Nick McDonell