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The Edge of Sanity

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  26 reviews
How far would YOU go to protect your family?

A decent, ordinary man, a man who has already suffered the loss of one child, Daniel Conner is forced by extraordinary circumstances into being a hero. Tortured, forcibly drugged—heroin still pulsating nauseatingly through his veins—his wife and daughter degraded, Daniel knows their kidnapper is beyond reasoning with.

But does
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published April 13th 2016 (first published April 29th 2014)
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Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kim the Bookworm ( for sending me a review copy of this book.

The death of their child tears apart Daniel and Jo to the point of separation. Both are living in limbo and no longer communicating. Their teenage daughter, Kayla has started to drift into increasingly risky behaviour. Into this devastated family comes a man wanting to destroy them further. Charlie is a man without conscience, a drug addict and a danger to anyone who comes into contact
Breakaway Reviewers
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just read it!!

Daniel and Jo Connor’s marriage is in tatters. Their youngest daughter Emma was killed in a car accident. Jo cannot come to terms with her death and instead of trying to work through her problems, she finds solace in the bottle. Daniel can’t verbalize how he feels, so withdraws and shows no emotions. Their daughter Kayla (aged fifteen) feels totally alone and ignored by her two grieving parents, who seem to have forgotten that she even exists and rebels by going off to a nightclub
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was offered this book to read by Kim The Bookworm in exchange for an honest review that I'm more than happy to do.

I hadn't previously read anything by Sheryl Browne so her switch to penning a thriller from romantic fiction had no impact on me. But, I can imagine it may shock a few of her readers. She looks like butter wouldn't melt yet she has just written an edgy dark novel that hits you straight between the ribs within the first few pages.

I held my breath, felt sick and cried whilst reading
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Back in February I "attended" The Valentine Bonanza Party hosted by Susan Roach of Suzie's BookBlog. I won my choice of a Sheryl Browne novels. Not knowing much about Sheryl, I thought it would be a light chick lit / romance novel (given it had been a Valentines giveaway). But when Sheryl contacted me and said she had two psychological thrillers I could also choose from as well, I was straight off to Amazon to read the synopsis of them both and I opted for The Edge Of Sanity. And then it ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Review also posted on my blog

Sometimes you build a book up so much in your head that you end up disappointed when it doesn’t reach your expectations. I loved the sound of The Edge of Sanity, thought it was going to be something great, and then when I got to the end of it, I realised how much I’d underestimated it. This was an incredible book!

I’ve never read Sheryl Browne before although I do know this is quite different from the more light-hearted romance
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

The Edge of Sanity pushes the Conner family to the absolute limits of what a person should be able to cope with. Clearly it isn't enough that months earlier they had lost their youngest daughter, and are still clearly all grieving, but are falling apart as a family unit.

Kayla, who is only 15, is really hurting, not just at her sisters death, which she blames herself for, but also at the arguments from her parents. She is rebelling in typical teenage fashion, and with her friend Hannah,
Billy Buttons
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was recently entered and awarded a RED RIBBON in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Thisi is what our readers thought:

Title: The Edge of Sanity
Author: Sheryl Browne
Star Rating: 4 stars
Number of Readers: 17

Readers’ Comments
‘A very enjoyable thriller with an excellent balance of characterisation and plot. Pacing a little slow in the beginning but picks up the second half. The author works hard to create interesting characters.’ Female reader, aged 45

‘I liked that this thriller dealt with a
Wendy Janes
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Daniel Conner’s family is tearing itself apart after the death of his youngest daughter, Emma. In their grief they hurt each other and fall prey to self-destructive behaviours. Into this volatile mix comes Charlie Roberts. He seizes the chance to make a tidy sum of money, and takes the family hostage. Can Daniel overcome his demons and save his wife, Jo, and teenage daughter, Kayla?

I’m a fan of Sheryl Browne’s romantic comedies, and I’m pleased to say that I’m a fan of this thriller too. I’ll
J.B (Debbie)
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Sanity is a new type of book from Sheryl Browne. Best known and loved for her rom-coms, this book is so different and yet so brilliant! Sheryl has created interesting and complex characters within the book and each is fighting their own personal battle. The story shows how one man who is good and decent, will go to any lengths to save and protect the ones he loves. The back story, which is vital to helping us understand Daniel and his family is heart breaking and the reader feels ...more
Joanna Lambert
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I finished this in two days. So addictive was this book I simply could not put it down. This was a total edge of the seat read, high drama with believable characters - and what characters they were too! Daniel and Jo torn apart by the tragic loss of their youngest child. Kayla their remaining daughter struggling with teenage issues and gradually drifting into dangerous waters. And those dangerous waters - what a character Charlie was. One with no redeeming features whatsoever, unlike his partner ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think life can't get worse, it does. This story is dark, edgy and emotionally very real. Having witnessed the drug world in friends I can see this story as being something that could very well happen. I love books where i can relate in some way or feel like I know the characters and in the book I feel empathy and I feel connected. Not every author can successfully do that. Definite five stars :)
Pauline Barclay
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is a book that has your turning the pages and not wanting to stop! A gripping story filled with tension through to the end. Ms Browne's first thriller and a brilliant one at that. More please.....
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Better known for her romance novels, Sheryl Browne really delivers with her first thriller, a powerful and emotional read. The ‘ordinary character in extraordinary situation’ is a well-worn path but here we have the ordinary family, damaged by tragedy and struggling to cope with a new threat.

The major strength of this novel is with its characters, each well defined, credible, interesting and in the case of at least one – truly scary!

An awful accident has left a family shattered. Daniel Conner’s
Elizabeth Ray
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for partaking in the book tour. This book is about a family healing from the loss of their youngest daughter. Jo and Daniel, the parents, are considering separating. Jo has turned to drinking and Daniel is emotionally shut off. In a fit of rebellion, older daughter, Kayla, makes the acquaintance of Charlie Roberts, a seriously disturbed young man. Charlie is a drug dealer without morals and when he hears that the Conner family is coming into money soon, he ...more
Amy Wanstall
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Thanks to @Brookcottagebks for allowing us a copy of Edge of Sanity to review. This had been sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read and I thought it would make a good read while travelling.

Daniel and Jo have lost their youngest daughter in a tragic car accident, Jo has turned to drink and is blaming Daniel for the accident, Daniel is hiding his emoitions. Both of them are neglecting their oldest daughter Kayla who also blames herself for not looking after her sister on the day of the
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....


This was Sherly's first attempt at writing in the crime genre and I think she did a really good job! I have read her previous novel Somebody to Love which was, as you can tell by the title was very much in the romance genre. So to her previous readers, don't expect anything light and fluffy as this is anything but!

The Edge of Sanity is a gritty, emotional novel about how the loss of a child greatly affects one family. Daniel,
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Sheryl's books so I went into this optimistically. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed.

It begins as a fairly gentle story about a fairly dysfunctional family who have suffered the loss of their young daughter Emma .. Mum, Dad & sister all have reason to blame themselves for her death in their opinion & all deal with it in their own way. Daniel has deep-seated issues lingering from childhood which mean he is devoid of showing emotion, Jo leans towards the bottle & Kayla
Hannah Symonds
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never read any of Sheryl Browne's books before as I normally just stick to the authors I know and love. But I must say this book was gripping. I managed to read it in two days and I just couldn't put it down. This was a book that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck and puts you on the edge of your seat. Sheryl Browne seems to draw you into this book with its dramatic plot and you literally have no idea what is going to happen next. The characters were brilliant in this book, ...more
Nikki Bywater
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Faced with the tragedy of losing their five year old daughter, Daniel and Joanne’s relationship is falling apart. Daniel keeps his feelings to himself, and Joanne is reaching for the bottle. Their teenage daughter Kayla is heading to go off the rails, and when she meet Charlie, a cokehead and all round not so nice character, she is about to lead the family into more danger.

This is a lot different from all the other Sheryl Browne books I have read, this is a psychological thriller, and it will
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Sanity began with three different stories which became woven together by fear, greed and grief.

It was a tense story which not only had the thriller edge to it, but also delved into the psychological side of a family torn apart by a tragic event. Sheryl Browne has a style of writing that takes you effortlessly along, I really empathised with Daniel and the pressure his family were under, not just by past events but by what was happening to them right at that moment. The tension built
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a step away from her usual books, Sheryl Browne has brought all her trademark talents to this new step into the world of suspense. She has such a firm grasp of the family dynamic and what makes each member tick, so you are drawn in from the word go. But you are drawn in to a world of heart ache. From the outset this book will grip you and tug at your heartstrings. If you haven’t read anything by Sheryl Browne yet then I’d definitely recommend this one. And for die-hard rom com ...more
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Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Altough I marked 4 stars, it should be 4,9... but the sistem doesn't allow it... (sigh)

I think I'd read almost every book that came from Sheryl Browne's "pen" and yes, this one was so much different from the rest of them. But in a good way.

You'll find three stories at the begining and all three clashes together in a one like a storm.

I'm not going to write what the novel is about, several people before me already did that, but if you look for a psychological thriller, you've come to the right
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3.75 stars really as this was a good book and I am not quite sure why it didn't grip me more ,not just the run of the mill thriller but much more about the psychological effects of the family and how they dealt with ...or rather didn't deal with what had happened and the events that followed., it all made for a good read on the whole.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sue Thomas
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
On the edge all round good read. Another winner from Sheryl Browne
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Hi, I’m Sheryl Browne writing psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. My latest psychological thriller THE PERFECT SISTER is published by fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, I have several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, ...more