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Precipice

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sometimes in a split second... kill or be killed. It is when the subconscious meets the conscious. That moment, right before you reach the summit of your dreams. For Virgil Daly, it was all of these things and more.

A radio talk show host and passionate artist, Virgil is not sure if he is living life to its fullest. But what he does know is... someone wants him dead.Virgil
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Paperback, Second Copyright, 246 pages
Published November 2012 by World Publishing Limited (first published September 2010)
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Jonathan
Sep 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonathan by: my wife Beverly
Shelves: suspense
This book was given to me by my wife and she warned me it was a crappy read. My wife bought the book because it was set near her hometown in california. It lived up to her opinion. It was a crappy reading experience. The subjects of the story were not developed and what i nformation about them was pretty boring. I like suspense books but this book was devoid of any suspense other than what the hell it was supposed to be about. My wife said this is the first book by this writer and that was reall ...more
Vera Berg
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by a San Francisco woman, Precipice is a story of sibling rivalry gone way too far. A great story and some really well written characters. Keep writing Christina.
Marloz Lozano
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Precipice es la primera novela de Christina Westover. Está escrita en tercera persona. Sigo sin comprender el porqué del título “Precipice” (que en español sería precipicio o barranco), no creo que la vida del protagonista se encuentre en un precipicio o en extrema depresión. Lo que me llamó la atención a leer este libro fue la dedicatoria: “En memoria a Kurt Cobain, quién era un feminista, y a los músicos que nos inspiran a todos.” Dedicatoria nada usual.

El libro está dividido en capítulos, cad
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R.s.charles
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Precipice’ by Christina Westover.

There's some of Virgil Daly in us all. He wants true love. He wants unconditional acceptance from his parents and siblings. He wants personal, emotional and physical fulfillment. But, what we want, we can't always get, and neither can Virgil Daly. So, he lives his life on the ‘precipice’, striving desperately to slake his overwhelming thirst for affiliation.

From Virgil’s endearing, tender memories of his precious Grandmother to his innermost thoughts of vicious
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Lux Zakari
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Westover paints a vivid depiction of a thirty-something radio DJ/artist suffering beneath the sins of his family in her first novel, Precipice.

Virgil, freshly betrayed by his girlfriend and best friend, reluctantly moves into his deceased grandmother’s house in San Francisco and is instantly enraptured by the next-door neighbors’ friend, the captivating, dreadlocked Amber Macy. But as Virgil attempts to immerse himself in this new, increasingly complicated relationship, his half-broth
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Rebecca Rasmussen
I am going to try not to give any spoilers here, but I want to tell you that I am so happy I purchased this book! Cristina Westover's writing is absolutely wonderful and engrossing and hooked me on page one with a description of a drive along the California coast. This book is very fast-paced, but the characters are very dimensional and real at the same time, so for me, it represents the best of both worlds: character and plot. And Virgil Daly, the main character, is so easy to relate to in his ...more
Ren Garcia
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christina Westover's Precipice is a remarkable book.

Simply put, it is a story of the unvarnished quest for true love.

Coming from a fairly generic, unexciting Mid-Western upbringing, I at first found some of the topics and situations brought up in the book a bit odd and uncomfortable, but, thanks to vivid characters and flowing prose, I found my personal horizons expanded and was cheering for Virgil and Amber as they struggle to build a life together, overcoming obstacles from all quarters. I am
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Alan
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel by Christina Westover delves into a cast of very interesting
characters. The plot is turbo-charged by 41-year-old Harrison's hatred of his younger half-brother, Virgil. Betrayal, denial and, ultimately,the unlimited possibilities of love cast their spells in this intriguing and intensely suspenseful drama.
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Janis
Apr 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one... It is horrid
Rarely do I dislike a book enough to stop reading it, but I considered just tossing this one off as "not worth my time" I initially picked it up because of Rebecca Rasmussen's glowing review (I had just finished her novel The Bird Sisters and was completely smitten by it). But Precipice is a nightmare of trite, stilted dialogue, poor editing, flat characters and incongruous events. ...more
Tiffany
Oct 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I will review this later. I have to get something to eat and do some homework. I know this writer and I like her and this kills me but I couldn't finish it. Tell later why. ...more
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Really fun read. I liked the radio excerpts at the beginning of each chapter!
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