‘The Edge of Nowhere’ by Elizabeth George her first foray into YA literature

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Rating: 5 stars

In “The Edge of Nowhere” Elizabeth George checks out the young adult market. And both young adult readers and adults alike should be glad she did. In fact, she might find that some YA readers, after reading this novel, will then proceed to check out her adult books.

The story begins in San Diego with Hannah, a fourteen-year-old who can hear whispers of what people are thinking. Usually it’s just bits and pieces, but it can be so distracting that she wears an audio box that emits static to help her concentrate.

Unfortunately, when she has the box turned off while in the kitchen, she “overhears” her stepfather thinking about a crime he just committed, and her expression reveals that she heard. So now she and her mom are on the run from the stepfather who killed his partner.

Hannah, now to be known as Becca King, is going to live with her mother’s old friend on a small island near Seattle. Her mother puts her on the ferry and leaves. Their only connection is pre-programmed cell phones. Her mother programmed her telephone number into Becca’s phone.

When her mother’s friend doesn’t arrive to pick her up, Becca manages to make her way to the house. The friend has just died, and Becca doesn’t know what to do.

The story is about Becca making her way alone on the island. Becca must learn whom to trust. Things are not always what they appear to be, and many of those Becca meets have secrets of their own.

This would be a great book club read for a teen group or a mother-daughter book club. There are many themes that are very relevant including drugs, homelessness, self-image, friendship, poverty, and what makes a family.

Please note: this review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Viking Juvenile, for review purposes.