Released 29 April 2014
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 being pushed one step beyond endurance justify doing the unthinkable?
High on drugs, indebted to his supplier, and desperate, Charlie Roberts takes Daniel’s wife and daughter hostage. Daniel does everything within his power to rescue the situation bloodlessly. Eventually though, Daniel realises that with or without violent mood swings induced by amphetamines and cocaine, Charlie Roberts is a psychopath. He wants more than Daniel’s money.
He wants him.
The Edge of Sanity: a harrowing story of hope amid loss and betrayal.
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 with him. Charlie targets the family and soon everyone is in fear for their lives.
The first part explores the relationship between Jo, Daniel and Kayla. The story develops when Charlie comes into direct contact with the family. I was particularly drawn to Daniel, who is unable to express his feelings of grief. I thought his character was very well drawn. I had huge amounts of empathy for him and his emotional pain and isolation.
It is a remarkable dark read by a completely new author for me. The story was well paced, emotionally charged and exciting. I was impressed with the way the author maintained the suspense throughout and with her characterisation of the family members.
A big thanks to Kim Nash for recommending this book and for sending me a review copy.