Monday Book Review: The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

This week I tackled the 400+ page behemoth that is The Edge of Nowhere.  This is the second contender for the 2013 Edgar for Best YA Mystery that I’ve read this year. It was also recently nominated for the Agatha Award.

IMG_3656Title: The Edge of Nowhere

Author: Elizabeth George

Genre: Mystery

Age group: YA (teens)

Synopsis: Becca King can hear other people’s thoughts in the forms of whispers. When she “hears” her stepfather’s criminal activity, she and her mom decide to disappear. Becca’s mom arranges to leave her on Whidbey Island with an old friend, but when Becca arrives, she discovers that her mom’s friend has just died. While trying to hide her true identity, Becca meets many of the island’s inhabitants who all have secrets to hide. Of course, it’s hard to hide secrets completely from a girl who can hear thoughts.

Does it pass the “Homeschool Mom Test“? For a contemporary YA novel, the language was pretty clean. A few minor swears are used, but they don’t dominate the novel by any means. There is a brief scene of boys sexually harassing a high school girl.

I enjoyed this book more than the one other Edgar YA nominee I’ve read so far. The author Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island (yep, it’s a real place!), and she does a great job of making the setting a “character” in this book.

I have only two minor complaints. First, there’s a good amount of “head hopping.” At first, we are following Becca’s perspective from a third-person limited narrator, but a quarter of the way in, we start getting other characters’ perspectives.

My other minor complaint is that this book is the beginning of a series, so if you’re looking for a resolution to Becca’s problem with her stepdad, you don’t get it in this book. There is another problem presented in this novel, and that one is wrapped up by the end.

When I’m doing reading all the nominees for the Edgar, I’ll let you know my favorite.

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2 Responses to Monday Book Review: The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

  1. Ginny Marie says:

    I’m so used to Elizabeth George writing Inspector Lynley books that I didn’t realize this was a YA book! I used to love her books, but lately they haven’t held my interest. I wonder if I would like this one.

    Looking forward to reading more reviews…looks like you solved your photo problem!

  2. AJ Cattapan says:

    I fixed the photo problem by switching browsers to Google Chrome. Hoping it won’t have to stay this way.

    We need to have another “writer’s night” some time late Feb/early March. I’ve lost the widget that allows people to subscribe to my blog via email. It got lost somewhere in the WordPress update. Grr!

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