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The Edge of the Water

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The Edge of the Water

Although Elizabeth George's book is called THE EDGE OF THE WATER, reading it will put you on The Edge Of Your Seat. This mysterious novel focuses on the stories of two major characters --- Becca King and Jenn McDaniels --- who each lead separate lives. The connection between the two is that they both live on Whidbey Island, a town with a sleepy demeanor that masks the secrets hidden on the sandy shores of Whidbey's history.  
 
As Becca and Jenn each begin to uncover the puzzles of their enigmatic town, their lives become intertwined. Elizabeth George writes about the journey that follows, and in doing so she raises questions about an oil spill, friendship, mind-reading, a fugitive tree-house, teenage romance, marine biology, sexual orientation, secrets that everyone seems to keep and an elusive black seal named Nera who lies at the crux of the story. 
 
Elizabeth George accurately captures the perplexity of growing up.
 
With so many elements to one novel, THE EDGE OF THE WATER can occasionally become a bit jumbled. Reader, I encourage you: do not give up on this book. Although you may become frustrated with the pace of the story by page 350 and find yourself bursting to skip ahead and solve the mystery of Whidbey Island, wait until the time is right. Elizabeth George does provide a satisfying climax to her mystery, and after reading her story I appreciated the fact that she built tension until her very last page. Actually, tension and confusion are central themes in George's writing, and earmark her style.
 
Not only is Whidbey Island a peculiar place, but Becca and Jenn (along with other characters) lack certainty and normalcy in their lives. Both girls are experiencing the quandary that is "teenagerdom" and struggle to cement their own identities as well as the identity of the island on which they live. Elizabeth George accurately captures the perplexity of growing up and discovering that there is very likely more to the world than previously conceived.  

Reviewed by Cadyn D. on March 12, 2014

The Edge of the Water
(Edge of Nowhere #2)
by Elizabeth George

  • Publication Date: March 11, 2014
  • Genres: Paranormal Mystery, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • ISBN-10: 0670012971
  • ISBN-13: 9780670012978