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Edge of Wild

(Waterton #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor dis ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published May 1st 2016 by Stonehouse Publishing
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Fafa's Book Corner
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received a signed paperback, E-ARC, and swag package via the author in exchange for participating in the Sunday Street Team.

I had heard about this book through Twitter. One of the people I follow retweeted a tweet from the author. The author was asking about people who wanted to participate in the Sunday Street Team for this book. We talked for a bit and I agreed to join. I am happy to say that I enjoyed Edge of Wild!

The book begins w
It was interesting to read a novel set in a town that I know a little bit. I’ve spent some time in Waterton, although not a great deal. I also grew up close to a small town and I’m not sure how I would feel about the depiction of Waterton if I was a resident there. Perhaps I would be excited just to see my town represented in a novel, which is the most likely reaction.

My experience of small towns is that they can hardly wait to join in the newest technologies and that they do so to retain their
Jenevive Desroches
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
When New York City hotel manager Rich Evans accepts an assignment to whip a new luxury hotel in the middle of a Canadian national park into shape, he assumes his biggest challenge will be life without cellular service.

But everyone has secrets. Sometimes those secrets are deep and heavy enough to shape our lives. In Waterton, geography conspires with small town isolation to give secrets lives of their own.

In Edge of the Wild, Danika Stone demonstrates a deep understand of the divide that runs bet
A.F. Linley
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing quite like a cushy job in the mountains. Except when you don’t want to be there… and no one else wants you there either. D.K. Stone’s debut novel “Edge of Wild” is not, as I first thought, a mystery, but a well-plotted thriller. The pace is good and the story moves along precisely as quickly as it needs to. However, to be clear, this is not a fast read; in fact, the prose is almost unrelenting in places. I had to take reading breaks because of the tension in some chapters!

It also
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rich Evans arrives in Waterton to take over the Whitewater Lodge after Jeff Chan, the previous manager, has left everything in shambles - but what he slowly comes to understand is that there are dark forces at the work in the town, both natural and very human. Louise Newman has lived there her whole life, one of her many half-remembered lives. She sees it as her calling to offer solace and insight, and ends up offering Rich even more. As tensions build between the hotel and the town, the wild la ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edge of Wild draws you in with a mystery but keeps you turning the pages with a romance, a cast of multifaceted characters, and a hint of the metaphysical. It's set in Waterton--on the edge of a Canadian national park--where small-town politics are just the beginning of the challenges facing Rich, a big-city hotel manager, and life-long resident Louise. What I found most compelling about Edge of Wild were the glimpses of characters' pasts, the allegiances that tie a community together (or can te ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Danika Stove does a wonderful job of drawing you in to this story. Her characters come alive through her writing and I find myself thinking of them even when I am not reading the story. It's the type of book that you don't want to put down, and when you have to, it's constantly on your mind. I love when a book enthrals me like that. I feel like I have gotten to know Rich and Lou very well, that I've known them for a long time. I would highly recommend this book. Danika is very ta ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It takes a talented author to weave together threads of a mystery with a group of characters with enough dexterity that the reader is eager to finish but never overwhelmed, but Danika Stone has that skill. The characters are each fleshed out with a loving attention to detail, and the location is described with an affectionate respect to detail strong enough to make any reader want to visit. A truly enthralling read!
Steven Buechler
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A stranger comes to town. That theme in any story is the sign of a plot that is full of twists and conflicts. We follow a series of characters through a collection of uncomfortable situations – many leading in conflicts – and we are compelled to finish the story desperate to see how the situations are resolved. And that is exactly what D. K. Stone has done by leading her readers to the Edge of Wild.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I've been to Waterton and the writer captures the strain of a town caught between history and its future as well as its tension as a pocket of civilization bounded by wilderness. The characters manifest the best and worst of nature injected into society: Lou as its harmonious beauty; the antagonist as its harsh savagery.
Suspense and romance, a wonderful, exciting read.
Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author's colourful descriptions and writing style place you in the midst of the story. A great read with a highly interesting story line. The Edge of Wild keeps you guessing until the end! ...more
April B.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This book is one you won't want to put down! Lots of mystery, twists, and fascinating characters will keep you turning pages well in to the night! I couldn't believe the surprises this book had in store and now I have to read book 2! I am hooked on the mystery that is Waterton!
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
After having seen the book trailer for this, who wouldn't be intrigued by this story? It sounds like the perfect weekend mystery read to curl up with. I know that I found myself reading this until the wee hours of the morning which may or may not have been a bit of a mistake in certain parts. Seriously, spooky stuff!

The main male character, Rich, started out as the typical corporate guy that annoys you. He seems to think he knows best, no matter what anyone tells him, and you can't imagine likin
Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
I "met" author Danika Stone (D.K. Stone for her adult novel, Edge of Wild) on Twitter when I saw she was recruiting bloggers for her street team. I immediately signed up because I thought Edge of Wild sounded great, and I love a good mystery. In the past couple months, you've read a guest post by Danika, as well as my recent interview with her, and now finally, my review!

Edge of Wild is a really atmospheric novel. It takes place in Waterton, Alberta, Canada, and the setting is very important to
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am totally a city girl; I need landmarks built by humans to know where I'm going and the thought of actually camping where wild animals live fills me with terror, so it's a tribute to Danika Stone's way with words that I managed to forget my innate distrust of the wild, and was enthralled by the beautiful word-pictures she painted of the Canadian Rockies in Edge of Wild, so much so that I briefly flirted with the idea of maybe going for a hike locally today (in a city park, that is!). But that ...more
FULL DISCLOSURE: I had the pleasure of reading this many months ago as an alpha reader, and I was gifted a digital copy of this book by the author. I am on the street team for this book. None of that in any way impacts my opinions. DK knows I would tell her if it blew.

Edge of Wild

The story has changed so much from initial writing to now, and is a better book for the input of Stonehouse Publishing.

Edge of Wild is a mystery. It's a love story. It's a paean to the Northern Rocky Mountains and Water
Bea (Beatrice Learns To Read)
When Ms. Danika announced that she was looking for bloggers to become a part of her street team for her upcoming Mystery/Thriller book, I didn’t hesitate for a second and jumped right at the chance. If I haven’t stressed it enough, I’m an absolute lover of mysteries and the guessing game involved in each and that’s why whenever I read one, I always tend to look into details of the writing and how well the story goes in terms of mind blowing plot twists.

Edge of Wild is a book that sets of the eer
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the things that attracts tourists to the town of Waterton on the edge of the Canadian/American border is its isolation. But there are drawbacks too: the lack of a high quality hotel, cell phones don't work, there is no internet, the nearest fire brigade is in the next town, and there is just one garage. There are a number of small businesses that economically survive on the edge, But they are surprisingly resistant to change. The resisted Rich Evan's predecessor with his ideas for the ne ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of the ebook from the author for an honest review.

Rich Evans has been sent to Waterton, a small town in the mountains. He is taking over a hotel after the last manager disappeared and Rich finds a mess. It's so bad that there are times he just wants to give up. And once he takes care of one problem, something else happens. The only thing that keeps him in town, other than the fact that he doesn't like to give up, is Lou, a local mechanic who he falls for pretty quickly.

I l
Matthew Puddles
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ah, Waterton.
When I discovered Edge of Wild, I loved the premise of a mystery and thriller taking place in this beautiful park. Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend chasing the trail of a murderer within the majestic townsite and wilderness?
Danika Stone brings to life the challenge and mystery of a small community tucked away in the corner of the mountains. The choice between modernizing to draw more visitors and protecting all that makes a place special tugged at my heartstrings. Stone captur
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Danika Stone weaves a deft tale of intrigue, skillfully doling out key details while blending in romance, self-discovery, and beautifully written descriptions. As a fan of fish out of water scenarios, Rich's arrival in Waterton had me from the first moment and watching him flounder to find his way and figure things out kept me turning the pages. The story continues to unfold with Louise providing a much needed, but gentle, guiding hand that helps Rich navigate the often choppy and oh-so-murky re ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read!

Romance, action, mystery and scenery. All conveyed with beautifully written imagery and heart.

When I was putting my thoughts together for this review, I kept thinking.. what was my favorite part?

Was it the romance, believable and fun to watch unfold? YES! but... then there was the history, and the setting (which was compelling on page, even more so because I've been to Watertown).... I loved getting caught up in the stories within the story.

And the tight knit townsfolk
Lori Goble
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Based on the remote Canadian town of Waterton in a National Park, Rich Evans takes a position to operate a Lodge but soon begins an association with Lou a local garage mechanic whose assistance he requires as his BMW becomes unreliable. Between a challenge of Rich who has moved from a big city to a remote community where he is facing all types of challenges, the book is written in the same style and interest that keeps readers guessing, questioning and being drawn into the story. Danika Stone ha ...more
Emily Maddox
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to have read a previous version of "Edge of Wild" a few years ago. When Ms. Stone contacted me with this latest version, I was thrilled. It was both a homecoming and a first-time visit. The characters are well developed, the plot rich and interwoven--with various interconnected mysteries. The setting is a character in its own right. Ms. Stone's prose is always a world I want to enter. I won't say much beyond that because...spoilers.

This is the first part of a series, but the e
Greg Lidstone
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Edge of Wild takes on the massive challenge of combining spirituality and romance while delivering a tightly woven suspenseful thriller. It deftly maintains the pace and tone necessary to engage the reader, while still allowing time to convey the vivid imagery of the sounds and sights of its locations. Stone does an excellent job of juggling a huge cast of fully realized characters; creating a sense of richness and depth in the town, without overwhelming the reader. A cleverly crafted mystery co ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been going to Waterton Park for the past 40 years and is my favourite place to spend time with family and friends. The book Edge of Wild mixes real life events with fiction to create a thrilling story about the challenge faced by the people and business of Waterton. With the cast of characters and plots, it was hard to stop reading the book as my curiosity peaked. I must admit this is a side of Waterton that I never experienced. I found this an excellent written book and very enjoyable re ...more
Pam Clark
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Edge of Wild takes its readers on an edge of your seat ride to small town Alberta, Waterton National Park, where the natural beauty competes with the mysterious insular nature of the townspeople themselves.
Corinne Hughes
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
The first book in the Waterton Mystery Series lays a lot of groundwork, but on its own is an interesting murder mystery. The “wild” in the title has me thinking a lot about what wildness means in this story. There is the boundary between town and wilderness so immense and raw. I love how the landscape is as nuanced as any human character: something to behold as, yes, beautiful, but also unknowable, something perhaps to fear. The foundation for the “outsider” is set in almost every aspect of the ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Eden Thompson
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
From my book blog
Edge of Wild is a mystery located in beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta, bordering Glacier National Park in Montana. It is published by Stonehouse Publishing, which offers beautifully designed trade paperbacks leaning towards historical fiction. I bought several signed titles direct from the authors and editor.

When Richard Evans arrives in the small town of Waterton from New York to oversee the building of a new hotel, h
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“She lifted her head in surprise, following his line of sight above the tree line. Beyond the distant peaks, a green and blue symphony of lights had begun. It rippled and shimmered like sunshine on water, leaving Rich blinking back tears. He'd read something about this but had never seen it before.
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