Where the edge is is about the events surrounding a bus that falls into a sinkhole early one morning in a small town in Ireland. But the bus crash itself is almost incidental: it is the backstories, relationships and interactions between the people in the bus, their loved ones and the rescue team that carry this novel. It also shows in a very realistic way how some people – both those directly involved and members of the public are quick to pass judgement and apportion blame, well before they are in possession of facts about what has actually happened.
It is above all a novel about death and grief, and at times it is painful to read. But there is humour too. Overall the pace is well balanced, both in terms of plot development and emotional intensity. The different characters are distinct and interesting, and there are some beautiful passages, such as the conversations between Lucy and Orla, trapped in the bus together.
This novel could appeal to a wide range of readers: those interested in digging deep into its themes, metaphors and characters (perfect for book clubs) as well as those who just want a fairly easy read that’s not dumbed down.
My thanks to Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book. All my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased, regardless of how I acquire the book.
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