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The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth  George
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Aug 29, 2012

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In her first foray into YA fiction, Ms. George (a beloved adult suspense novelist) has hit the nail on the proverbial head with this action-packed, mysterious and somewhat ‘creepy’ novel.

Hannah Armstrong is a fourteen-year-old girl living with her mom and stepfather in San Diego. Unlike normal teens, Hannah has a gift; she can hear other people’s thoughts. In fact, Hannah has to wear a special listening device which produces static just so she can find some peace. What she didn’t expect was to have to go on the run when one person’s criminal thoughts hit her square between the ears.

Her mother races Hannah to her Aunt Carol’s house located on Whidbey Island in British Columbia and uses the travel time to teach Hannah all about her new name and fake background so that she can hide there until her mom sets up a ‘safe’ place for them to live. As she boards the ferry in this new wet, cold location Hannah ceases to exist as Becca King begins her new life.

Unfortunately, the second she arrives Becca faces the fact that her Aunt Carol has passed away. With nowhere to go, she finds herself living in a room at The Cliff - a motel run by a kind woman raising her two grandchildren. Becca soon discovers that the Island plays home to many people who want to hide from the rest of the world. From a woman who somehow produces no ‘whispers’ whatsoever; to a young man named Seth who has an obsession and is literally hated by Becca’s new landlord; to an evil girl named Jenn who’s desperate to make Becca’s life anything but peaceful.

As the ‘whispers’ grow and backgrounds are revealed, Becca becomes caught in a web of lies. But it’s when she aids a young man she’s been falling for, that Becca finds herself stuck in a mess that has the local sheriff delving into her true identity.

The writing is superb from Ms. George, as always, but even though there are slight paranormal ‘happenings’ in this book, it’s the combination of great characters and relationships that truly have this novel raising the bar when it comes to today’s YA fiction.

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