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The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth  George
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Jun 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: teen-book, mysteries, paranormal
Read from June 27 to July 01, 2012

Becca King has been left on her own at the ferry stop to go to Whidbey Island to live with a friend of her mother Laurel. Leaving her mother she said, " “You’ll come back,” ... “I will,” Laurel promised. “As soon as I can.” But will she? Becca, not her real name, has psychic abilities that force her to hear whispers. Her stepfather used her to listen in on his clients so that he could milk them but when she figured out that he had committed a crime he knew that she knew. Becca and her mother had to flee San Diego.

On the ferry Becca sees a young man with whom she clicks, but he's sitting in a patrol car and she is very wary of the police. Arriving on the island, Becca learns that her mother's dear friend has died and now has nowhere to stay. She is afraid but does find a place with a woman who has her own secret and tragic history, Everyone on the island seems to have a secret.

The mystery begins when Derric, the boy from the ferry and now a classmate, falls in Saratoga Woods, breaking his leg and going into a coma. Derric Nyombe Matheson a Ugandan orphan who was adopted by the town sheriff, is popular and had been friendly to her on the first day of school, but he is surrounded by others like Jenna who doesn't want Becca to talk to him. He also has enemies, boys who trip him in school and Becca's friend who helped her find a place to live. Becca is sure she can help him.

The island with its deep, mysterious woods, its farms and small towns comes to life as the mystery unravels. Friendships are built and developed and old wounds are repaired, but with the surprise ending it emerges that this will be a series. I'm pleased as I found the book hard to put down. it's not a thriller with a rush, but a mystery set among complex characters in a beautiful and somewhat closed landscape.
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