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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Book review: The Edge of Nowhere

Given that I'll be writing a few more of these, I'll be giving some takes on format a whirl.

Title and author: The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George. The author is known for her Inspector Lynley novels - I haven't read any of those, but might just give them a try based off this novel. The Edge of Nowhere is her take on YA, and is the first in a planned series.

What is it about aka the blurb: I'll try not to use too much of the blurb here, but it is one handy thing to use for this part :). The protagonist - Becca King  - is on the run from her stepfather. Her mother hatches a plan, but it doesn't go as planned. In trying to survive she befriends some people, and gets involved, full well knowing her safety requires her to keep a low profile. Keeping a low profile for Becca is important, not just because she's on the run, but also because she has a special gift/ability/talent to "hear" other people's thoughts.

Readability and who would enjoy it:  I found this well written. The chapters flowed into each other seamlessly, even the change of perspectives didn't effect the ease of reading. Normally, I'm not a fan of the perspective character change, but when it's done well you remember why it's a tool used by authors to further the story. Anyone who isn't instantly put off by the YA tag could enjoy it. Added to that anyone who reads crime fiction or might want to try crime fiction out could enjoy this. This is a book that could do the rounds in a family, well those with 15 year olds and up in it. All in all it's a light, non intensive read, and I'm looking forward to the second book.


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