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Girl at the Edge

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Not a single resident of St. Augustine, Florida, can forget the day that Michael Joshua Hayes walked into a shopping mall and walked out the mass murderer of eleven people.

He's now spent over a decade on death row, and his daughter Evelyn - who doesn't remember a time when her father wasn't an infamous killer - is determined to unravel the mystery and understand what drove
Paperback, 357 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is DARK. The biggest question it asks is are we who we are due to nature, nurture, or both? It's a question the main character, Evelyn, is struggling with, because her father killed 11 people in a mass shooting and is on death row. She joins a support group, where she meets a girl with similar questions, and the story follows them as they try to find the answers. There are quite a few disturbing scenes, which one would
Karen R.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a dark book, but make no mistake, it makes you think. The age old question....nature vs. nurture, and does it make a difference? Evelyns father is on death row for a horrific crime. Is Evelyn like her father? Can she kill someone? ...more
Janie Hickok Siess
"My father is a murderer." So begins Girl at the Edge, a compelling and deeply disturbing consideration of the invisible victims of horrendous crime: the perpetrator's family. Evelyn's father had an extramarital relationship with her mother, Mira, and when his wife learned of the affair and left him, he took up residence with Mira. Six months before Evelyn's birth, he kidnapped his wife from the jewelry store at which she was employed, situated in the Ponce de Leon Mall in St. Augustine, ...more
Sharon May
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing and Karen Dietrich for the opportunity to read and review this dark thriller. 4.5 stars!

A serial killer walked into a mall and killed 11 people in St Augustine, FL, and now sits on death row. His daughter, whom he has never met, is a teenager now obsessed with death and trying to understand why her father did what he did. Her mother encourages her to go to a support group for kids with incarcerated parents where she meets Clarisse, daughter of
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Girl At The Edge explores the nature vs nurture concept, by featuring two teenagers who meet in a support group for children of incarcerated parents and decide to test out if they - as Riverdales Betty Cooper says - have the killer genes. This concept isnt navigated as intensely and thoroughly as Id wanted it to be. However, I think that Girl At The Edge is, however, an interesting look at this subject matter.

There are dark nuances to the story, which was fascinating, but I kept
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to get a copy of this one from my bestie. I dont normally read YA but this one sounded so interesting and dark I decided to give it a go.

I really enjoyed Evelyn as the main character in this book. I thought it was really interesting the way she developed into what she became. I like the idea of her exploring the concept of genetics and if homicidal tendencies are something that is passes on or something completely different. It was a fun read with some
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Mar 13, 2020 marked it as not-for-me-dnf
GIRL AT THE EDGE is more of a character study of a teenager whose father is on death row, rather than the thriller I was expecting. Evelyn's father is a mass murderer, which is an incredible burden to bear as his daughter. Is evil in her DNA, and is ending up like him unavoidable? The writing is good, however the story just isn't for me. Stopping at 40%. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
I received an ARC of this title from Grand Central Publishing via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

In a nutshell, this is a story about nature vs nurture. Our hero, Evelyn, is the teenage daughter of a mass killer awaiting execution, grappling with the enormity of her father's crimes, the notoriety that has made her another of his victims, and the horrifying question of whether his capacity for evil is genetic.

Let's get what I didn't really care for out of the way, with my
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy. It is a story of Evelyn, a young teen whose father is imprisoned for a murdering spree, killing several people. It is a dark story of nature vs nurture theory of Evelyn and a friend she met in a support group for those whose family member has/is in prison. The girls decide to test whether they have 'it' within them to kill someone...
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow this book was DARK! I really loved the writing style since it was rich and flowed well. Girl at the Edge utilizes an unreliable and complex narrator combined with a disjointed plot, making it hard to tell what was actually happening sometimes and what was imagined. Evelyns story and inner struggle is chilling yet fascinating, thoroughly exploring the concept of nature versus nurture. The pace was relatively slow but consistent throughout the novel and I was captivated by the unique premise. ...more
Christina Marie Reads
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this book to be extremely sick and twisted. The main character is absolutely insane. This book leaves you hanging at the end with nothing at all resolved. It doesn't quite fit in the thriller genre but is more of a disturbing fictional psychological case study.
I really wanted to love this one but I truly just couldn't connect with the main character. That doesn't mean this book was not good. It means it's not for everyone.

I think this story had some strong parts, where I was fully submerged in what was going on and then something would happen and it either would fall flat for me or didn't have my full attention.

I think Girl At The Edge is a certain type of reading for a certain type of person. I am glad to have been given a chance to read this book
Jennifer M.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
For all you Murderinos out there - myself included - this is an interesting take on a young woman whose father is in prison for murder. Not only that, but you see this woman slowly go downhill and you start to wonder about her emotional wellbeing. I think the best part of this book was that the girl never really seems to understand who she is. And if that's not most of us...

Girl at the Edge is a book that you might want to keep reading. Maybe because you want to make sure you stay more sane than
Taylor Lafleur
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I like the concept of Nature vs. Nurture but thought this plot couldve been stronger. It jumped around too much for me and didnt have a strong ending to tie it together. ...more
Sherri Lewis
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Evelyn has always felt she had something dark growing inside her.....something possibly passed down from her father, who is on death row for a mass murder at a shopping mall. Her mom suggests she go to a support group for children of incarcerated parents. She agrees, and it is there that she meets Clarisse. They become instant best friends. Clarisse is dealing with the same demons that Evelyn is. Then Evelyn proposes that they play a game to prove that they are not like their fathers. They will ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the early copy of Girl at the Edge. This book was definitely weird and Evelyn was crazy! Its about a girl named Evelyn who had a father who killed many people and was a murderer and everyone saw Evelyn as the murderer's daughter. Everyone knew who he was. Evelyn becomes a little obsessed with this whole killing thing. She reads from another person named Andy who is in jail as well and reads his letters that he writes to his sister and that she posts on a blog for him. She ...more
Feb 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thanks Netgalley for the copy of this ARC. This was a first time read by this author and the synopsis and blurbs didn't give me much to go on, so I went in pretty blind. I actually think that's the best way to do this. If you like dark books you will be pleasantly surprised. I have often questioned nature versus nurture as an adopted person and this book touches on all of that and more. The writing is quite beautiful and leads yo down a path of deep thoughts and lots of questions, but not a lot ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
📖Review: 3.5/5
This novel had a unique plot not often explored. Using the dark topics of murder and the internal urge to kill, this novel explored the ongoing debate of nature vs nurture. Evelyn has never met her father, as his crime was committed before she was born. But although she has never met him is she bound to a future of violence as he had once displayed?
Overall, I enjoyed the way this novel was written and it definitely leads the reader down a path into deep thought and consideration
Jamie Trauth
Feb 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book was not what I was expecting. I had expected a thriller and a plot twist that started with a brutal crime and the typical who dunnit. However, this is more of a psychological breakdown of a girl trying to understand and accept her father is a serial killer.

The author does and excellent job breaking it down and leading us (the readers) to want to understand the fathers actions as well.

I would recommend this for those that are fans of the Slow storyline, with strong character building.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
With a mass murder as a father, Evelyn is trying to balance her own desires to kill with being a normal girl. She puts herself and her friend through a "test" to prove they aren't killers. Unfortunately Evelyn does not pass. The story has potential to be very good but it was all too abrupt for me. From the meeting of the girls, to the ending of their friendship, to Evelyn's new boyfriend. I feel like the surface was barely scratched and could have gone further into these story lines without ...more
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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This was an interesting read, though not exactly for me. The narrative moves slowly, firmly embedded in the mind and experience of Evelyn, the daughter of a convicted mass murderer. It's psychological, but not thrilling. I found it read more YA than I was hoping, but I feel certain this book has an audience. Just wasn't me.
Renny Barcelos
This is not a suspense, nor a thriller of any kind. It's young adult about the anxiety (justified) of a teen whose father is a murderer in death row.

It is advertised wrongly and will make lots of readers feel cheated. They should completely rewrite the blurb and tags...
Mili Ferr
Thank you Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy via a Goodreads giveaway in return for my review.

The story is beautifully written with believable characters, but was hoping for a darker story. There is a lot of build up for a scene but the execution falls short.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audios, mystery, thriller
i dunno why this was listed as a psychological thriller because it is far from it.
It was boring yet creepy and more a study than a story.
Sienna N
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Just figured out I WON this book in a giveaway! I'm very excited to read it, and can't wait to see how the plot unfolds, I will update this review once I have read it
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Karen Dietrich is the author of GIRL AT THE EDGE, a psychological thriller forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing on March 3, 2020. She is also the author of THE GIRL FACTORY: A MEMOIR and several poetry chapbooks. Karen plays drums in the indie rock band Essential Machine. She lives east of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, son, and three cats.

She is represented by Alice Martell of The Martell

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