Book Review: The Edge of Sanity*

image – Sheryl Browne

How far would YOU go to protect your family?

A decent, ordinary man, a man who has already suffered the loss of one child, Daniel Conner is forced by extraordinary circumstances into being a hero. Tortured, forcibly drugged—heroin still pulsating nauseatingly through his veins—his wife and daughter degraded, Daniel knows their kidnapper is beyond reasoning with.

But does being pushed one step beyond endurance justify doing the unthinkable?

My thoughts:

I have never read any of Sheryl Browne’s books, but after reading this I discovered that The Edge of Sanity was fairly different to her usual style. Upon reading that, I was even more impressed! This book was truly gripping, and really had me hooked. I thought it was a little slow in really getting all the finer details out, but I guess that is what had me keep reading!

I really liked how Daniel had a deeper story than what is immediately obvious, and how that played into the whole scenario. I think that’s what made the difference in this book; it wasn’t just a kidnapping story, there was so much more depth to it. Each character had their own past which had then led to their actions. I thought that Kayla was portrayed brilliantly as a teenager going through this sort of thing. Her character definitely seemed believable with her mood swings, sarcasm and child-like innocence at times.

DI Short was also a great character. The book had two ‘bits’ to it, if you like, and DI Short was searching for Charlie, a druggie and a dealer. He’s been trying to get Charlie for ages, but has just never managed it. This search leads him in a direction he was not expecting, and two paths cross.

Daniel is the main guy here though. The story pretty much revolves about his past and how it is affecting his present. Daniel is a strong man who is just slowly breaking down inside. Struggling with physical and emotional pain, he is repeatedly pushed closer to the edge by his captor. It was heartbreaking to read at times, and I felt really close to the characters by the end of the book.

If you want a good dramatic and gripping crime book, this is the one!

My Rating – To see my rating guide click here.

*I received this book in exchange for a book review.