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The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

The Edge of Nowhere (2012)

by Elizabeth George

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Clearly written by someone who doesn't know how to write teens. The language and style felt very outdated (I kept thinking I was reading a book from the early '90s). The plot was one giant hole-- the main problem from the very beginning was one that could have easily have been solved by going to the police rather than going on the run. Characters felt incredibly shallow, especially the girl who didn't understand why her boyfriend would break up with her after seeing her kiss another boy. Becca's ability to hear people's thoughts felt like a device thrown in last minute, and contributed very little to the advancement of the plot. Just a laundry list of complaints; I wouldn't have even bothered to slog through to the (underwhelming) end if this weren't a book selected for our book club. Blech. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
"The Edge of Nowhere" is the first of a YA trilogy by Elizabeth George, best known for her Detective Lynley series. Here, we meet Becca, a 14-year-old girl who can hear the internal thoughts (she calls them “whispers”) of the people around her. When she “hears” her stepfather’s thoughts about murder, she and her mother flee San Diego, heading north. Becca’s mother intends to establish a new identity in British Columbia, but she sends Becca to a friend living on Whidbey Island in Washington State for safe-keeping while she sets up their new lives. That plan doesn’t work out, however, and soon Becca must fend for herself in a strange land, where she makes new friends - and enemies. And her stepfather is on the hunt for her…. I like Elizabeth George’s writing a lot, and as I like many YA books, I figured I’d give this a try, and I’m glad I did. Becca and her friends (and enemies) are interesting people, the setting is wildly beautiful and the coming-of-age aspect of the story isn’t overwhelmed by the paranormal gifts that Becca and others have. As this came out in 2012, the other two books in the trilogy are already published, and I’ve already got them so I can continue reading about Becca - recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jan 10, 2016 |
After receiving this book as a Giveaway on Goodreads, I eagerly opened the package and instantly fell in love with this beautiful cover. The storyline was gripping and from the moment I started, I couldn’t stop. Becca was well described and the pace of the book was perfect. I felt that there were a lot of fillers which weren’t necessary and it wasted time that could be spent on reading the exciting parts. Had there been more romance/love triangle emphasis in this story, it would be perfect. Overall, it was a good read and I would recommend it. ( )
  KatherineB729 | Jan 16, 2015 |
Whilst this was one book that did keep me wanting to read more (I finished it in two days), it also left me feeling somewhat cheated. This is Elizabeth George's first delving into the teen market, and also my first George novel. The characters were interesting enough - well, Seth was interesting, anyhow, and Becca's problem - her hearing "whispers" of people's thoughts, is quite a nifty way to introduce a slightly paranormal element without going all-out weird, even if it didn't really help advance the plot at all. The set-up could have been better and the plot was rather weak - although this is more of a story about characters, rather than an actual plot. It is, as one reviewer pointed out, a story about trust and secrets. However, because George is noted for her thrillers, it cannot help but disappoint many of her readers. This is most certainly a teen DRAMA.

Becca is on the run and has been abandoned, in the isolated Whitby Island, Washington state. The novel starts with her mother more-or-less dumping her, and then disappearing for the remainder of the plot, not a trace to be seen (I can only assume she will turn up again later in the series, because that's a pretty loose thread to leave hanging). Suposedly, Becca is supposed to be entrusted into the care of her mother's friend - who has a badly timed heart attack just as Becca arrives. Luckily, Becca makes a few new aquantinces - meeting up with firstly an older lady named Diana, and then befriending a teenage boy, Seth. Soon she has found accommodation and is enrolled in school. It's then that we veer away from what I thought was the plot - which is to say, the storyline that started in the prologue and explained WHY her mother and her were on the run, but instead Becca finds herself caught up in a sort of whodunnit.

However, for all her fear of police finding out her identity, I could not understand why Becca did not just go to them and explain the situation - she need not mention who issue with being able to hear people's thoughts - all she needed to do was explain that she had overheard her stepfather admitting to killing someone, that he'd realised she'd overheard, and that her mother had panicked and whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Everything she did just made things more difficult for herself, and the stepfather did not even show up again until the second to last page. I expect they're saving him for the sequel.

Not a bad read, and it WILL keep you guessing - although you probably won't be too concerned about who actually DID do it, I wasn't, as there is no build up or thrilling climax, and Becca's life is never at risk - merely her identity. But oh-so definitely just a set up for more. ( )
  LemurKat | Sep 12, 2013 |
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gave up on this one... It was an Early Reviwers copy that I put off for ages, but even 70 pages into the story, I could find nothing I cared for. The writing felt stilted, the "mindreading" thing felt gimmicky, and the main character and her mother have some serious eating disorder issues. ( )
  emperatrix | Jun 16, 2013 |
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'Kun je horen wat ik denk, Becca King?'
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The first young adult book by a #1 New York Times bestselling author

Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection.

This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.

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When her mother abandons her on Whidbey Island, Washington, a fourteen-year-old girl with psychic abilities meets a Ugandan orphan with a secret.

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