22 December 2012

Review: THE EDGE OF NOWHERE, Elizabeth George

  • Format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (September 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HTQ208
  • source: I bought it
Synopsis (Amazon)

Becca King and her mother are on the run from her stepfather who has used Becca's talent for hearing 'whispers' to make a large and illegal sum of money.
Now their options for safety are running out.

In the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, Becca finds refuge in the home of her mother's childhood friend while her mother continues on to Canada in search of safety.

 But on her first day in town Becca meets sixteen years old Derric Nyombe Matheson a Ugandan orphan who was adopted as a ten-year-old by the town's Deputy Sheriff. Derric has a secret that no one on Whidbey Island knows.

 Derric and Becca form an un-severable bond. Becca is convinced that she's the only person who can truly help him, and just maybe Derric can convince Becca that life is too short to live on the run.

My Take

Amazon lists THE EDGE OF NOWHERE as a young adult novel and Elizabeth George's own site tells us it is the beginning of a 4 book series located on Whidbey Island (where the author lives). The blurb there describes it as " a compelling coming-of-age" story.

I think it will appeal in particular to teenage female readers who will enjoy the various mysteries and will look for the main story to continue in the next book. They'll also like the relationships and conflicts that make up the main part of the action. This story does not contain a murder investigation, or any forensic details, so it is really new ground for the author, who does fairly well, although I felt at times she was struggling to make the content of interest to teenagers (but I could be wrong).

Followers of the Lynley series are promised the 18th in the series, JUST ONE EVIL ACT, sometime in 2013.

My rating: 3.9

I've also reviewed

CARELESS IN RED
4.6, BELIEVING THE LIE

1 comment:

Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - Interesting...I always respect an author who tries something different, even if it's not the author's best work.

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