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Mapping the Edge

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,746 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Anna, a self-sufficient and reliable single mother, packs her bags one day for a short vacation to Italy. She leaves her beloved daughter at home in London with good friends. When Anna doesn’t return, everyone begins to make excuses, until the likelihood that she might not come back at all becomes chillingly clear. In this dazzling work of suspense, Sarah Dunant interwea ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1999)
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Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh
I read the other reviews of this book, and everyone else seemed to love it.
When I finished this book, I just sat there and thought, "wait...what just happened?" The two different scenarios of what could've happened to Anna while she was missing really confused me - couldn't Dunant have just picked one and expanded on it more? There seemed to be way too many holes in the two stories, especially the kidnapping scenario. The character of the kidnapper was definitely not developed enough, and I did
Jenn  Marx
Mar 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: current-fiction
Definately NOT like BIRTH OF VENUS--really interesting writing idea, but not executed very well. Sarah Dunant is a great writer in how she develops each scene so you can see it like you were there, but I definately don't like her as a mystery/thriller author. This story had dual plot lines, (kind of like a "choose your own adventure" kind of a deal.) and really did not come full-circle in the end like mystery books should. The last paragraph of the book was very poorly done and really ruined the ...more
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Amazing reading -- interlinked "versions" of a story leaving one to wonder where the real story exists. What a writer!

Added later: Too cryptic by far! As one reads this it seems straightfoprward enough. Two versions of a story at odds one with the other. A mystery. Which version is THE story? then the versions end. More mystery. Which version was THE version? How many versions were there? Do I know what I read? I do. I THINK. Will you know? Read it and then see what you think you know.
Jul 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/thirller lovers
A good and creepy mystery/thriller. It's not one or the other, but the plot keeps you on your toes. The story is about a mother who is abducted before she is to come home from a week away in Italy. Her family at home tries to figure out why she went away alone to Italy in the first place, and when they realize she has gone missing, they pull together to try to understand the choices she's made in life and how that can help them find her and get her back home. Since it's about a woman, it hits cl ...more
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: nancy
Written by the author of "The Birth of Venus", this contemporary novel takes place in London and Florence, with some references to Amsterdam. It's a suspenseful story told from the viewpoints of two best friends after one of them goes missing. Some of the topics explored are motherhood and parenting, careers, friendship, and occasionally living on the wild side. I was captivated by the story and read it in one day because I wanted to find out what happens!
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gripping read & an interesting book as it's written from three different angles.

Anna packs her bags & goes off without anyone knowing where she's going & from this two different stories emerge...

In one, Anna meets up with a mysterious lover but he has a side to him that Anna knows nothing about & is working to an agenda Anna couldn't have dreamt of...

In the second scenario, Anna has been abducted & held against her will by a stranger...

But there's a third angle & this i
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Last year I read Transgressions by the same author and was really irritated and annoyed by it despite a promising start. This year I read another of her books, this one - Mapping The Edge. Sarah Dunant can write, of that there is no doubt, in fact I really like her style, but her storylines just seem to frustrate me. Mapping the Edge has three viewpoints or storylines going on all at once which come to a simultaneous time point at the end, however it just didn't work for me at all reading it as ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007, genre-fiction
Her style was decent, although I could have done without the crudity. It took me a little while to adapt to how she was telling the story. The end left me rather dissatisfied (although I predicted that from the beginning).

The unique choice she made in telling this story was interesting at first, but she didn't wrap it up as I would have liked. But even the other option would have left me unhappy, so really, I found this method counterproductive if her goal was to captivate the reader.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
very different and intriguing
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
Like a "choose your own adventure" for adults. Twisted, thrilling, yet in a haunting way. Very well-written.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. This had the potential to be really interesting, but the author never brought the book to a close. It just ends in what feels like the last quarter of the story.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
I really really loved this book. birth of venus was a let down after this
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book much. The writing style annoyed me in that she was always in the characters heads, asking tons of questions. I prefer when a writer shows me how a character feels rather than when I am told how they feel.

I also found the dual scenarios rather hard to understand. It was an interesting trick but it just didn't work for me. And the ending was such a let down. I had no idea that I had reached the end. I expected some sort of postscript but of course, you couldn't have a posts
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The book kept me engaged because I wanted to know what was going to happen. However, at times I felt irritated with Anna stupid could she be about meeting and trusting strangers? Yet, as the preface of the book states, people go missing everyday. We all have made stupid choices at one time or another.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not sure about whether I really understood what happened here. The story started out to be very intriguing with Anna missing and the research about dating though the personals. Accepting the car ride from a stranger had promise, but the whole thing with Samuel, ??????. The ending didn't wrap it up for me. Disappointing read.
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
This thriller takes some getting used to - Dunant repeats three different points of view through the entirety of the novel which isn't immediately apparent. Once settled in, I thoroughly enjoyed the smart transitions from chapter to chapter and the twists and turns that continued through the last page.

A solid thriller~ worth the read
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Good writing, interesting story told from a number of perspectives. I got very wrapped up in the plot and knew, because I peeked at reviews, that the ending would be vague. I kept reading anyway, thinking "well how vague could it be?" Pretty damn vague, is the answer. I'll still read books by her although if any of them have a similar ending -- meaning, no ending -- I'll pass.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kidnapping
A very confusing arrangement. Chapters move between what is happening to the main character in the present, what happened to the main character in the past, and what is happening to her family on the homefront.
Michala Tyann
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mapping the Edge by Sarah Dunant
Reviewed by Arlene Walsh

“While others were burning comet paths through the skies with their energy and ambition, I was standing underneath brushing their sparks from my clothing, afraid even to look up in case I got their fire in my eyes. In recent years, though I have found myself passing an increasing amount of debris from the burnout of faster, more colorful lives. Negative equities, second wives or husbands, the beginnings of double chins…”

Dunant gets the ac
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
**Spoiler alert**


I had only previously read Dunant's 'The Birth of Venus' and while I enjoyed that book because of the lush prose and vivid descriptions, I was completely unaware as to the impact that this book would have upon me...

The story tells of Anna Franklin, a single mother who journeys to Florence, Italy for a trip, leaving behind in London her young daughter. The story truly begins when Anna misses her return flight home...

The novel cuts between the story of what is happening to A
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
While it is a good book, it disappointed me as compared to the blurbs about it on the front and back. "The willing flesh"? "Taut with suspense"? Meh
I loved the premise of this book in theory. I have never seen the movie Sliding Doors so I can't say if it's any good, but I have always thought it sounded interesting, although apparently not interesting enough to get over my "not watching movies" thing. But when I heard about this book (a recommendation for books similar to Help for the Haunted, which I don't necessarily agree with), I was very intrigued. Basically, the idea is that a single mother goes on a brief vacation and does not return ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-2017
It took me some time to get into this book; however once I did I found it to be quite intense. Good psychological thriller.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2003
Al een hele poos ligt er hier bij mijn computer een stapeltje boeken om over te bloggen. De bovenste is Mapping the Edge van Sarah Dunant, vorig jaar april het boekgrrls maandboek en uit één van die nog immer onuitgepakte boekendozen tevoorschijn gekomen toen ik iets te lezen zocht.

Het verhaal
Anna wordt uit Florence terugverwacht door vriendin Estella, dochtertje Lily en vriend Paul. Maar Anna verschijnt niet op de afgesproken dag, noch op de dagen erna. Wat is er gebeurd? Het boek laat afwissse
There is a really interesting premise behind this book. One woman, Anna, a single mother living in London, ups and walks out of her life for a long weekend in Florence. You pick up her story towards the end of her time there. Initially, I was disappointed by this. The fact that the setting was Florence had been part of the attraction and one of the reasons I'd wanted to read this book, especially as it promised a modern-day take on one of my favourite cities. However, the book quickly sucked me ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Sarah Dunant is one of my favorite authors, if not my favorite altogether.

Of course, I fell in love with her work after reading "The Birth of Venus," which is an entirely different genre from that of "Mapping the Edge." I've also read her latest, "Sacred Hearts," which is another amazing historic fiction book that is so profoundly written and its plot so seamlessly well-constructed, that I am in awe of this brilliant writer.

"Mapping the Edge" is quite different.

I can't deny that Dunant's writi
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
This books is not what you might think--it begins as your typical thriller, slowly unraveling a mystery. However, it quickly dissolves into two stories, two possibilities as to what may have happened to single mom, Anna, who took off to Florence for the weekend (from London) and disappeared. Unlike the choose-your-own ending books from your youth, both stories are developed though one is more credible than the other. Did she get kidnapped by a grief-driven sociopath or is she spending the weeken ...more
Nov 09, 2008 rated it did not like it
I don't get it. I sure as heck didn't like it. I was disappointed in this entire book, and was just glad to put it down.

There are two things going on here. Anna takes a solo trip, but doesn't come back when she's supposed to. Her friends, who are stuck taking care of Anna's kid, are at first accepting, then slightly worried, then definitely afraid about what Anna's failure to return means. That part was fine. It makes sense - your friends and family are worried, got it.

But then the reader is pre
Sep 10, 2008 rated it liked it
I picked up this book while I was in Florence and thought it would be fun to read, particularly because I have enjoyed 2 other books by Sarah Dunant,In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel & The Birth of Venus. (The Birth of Venus rates as one of my favorite.) Mappin the Edge had a brilliant start, and I was immediately hooked. I was really involved in the story. How could this mother run off and be so selfish, leaving her friends to cope while she is indulging in an affair? And then, I was ...more
Jean Marie
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well played, Ms. Dunant. Well played.

I have read three of Dunant's Renaissance Italy novels (I haven't gotten the recently released one on the Borgias yet) and I love her prose and rhythm of writing. Once locked it, it's impossible to get back out. It has always intrigued me that her early novels are considered standard mystery/thrillers and how she flipped a switch to go into historical fiction. I came across this book a few years ago when Borders was shutting its doors and had to move its inv
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