Title: Girl at the Edge
Author: Karen Dietrich
About the book: It’s a standalone about a young teen named Evelyn whose father is in prison for murdering eleven people at a shopping mall. She begins going to a support group for children with incarcerated parents. Over the summer, Evelyn must make some important choices that may change her life.
I received an advanced reader copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I love a good suspenseful read, and the premise piqued my interest. The novel explores the question of nature versus nurture. I like the title and cover as well.
Characters: Evelyn has many layers to her. She’s an unreliable narrator, and the story is told in her point of view. I found Clarisse who Evelyn befriends at the support group to be a complex character as well. Also, I appreciate the representation of Evelyn’s mom being in a relationship with another woman.
“Women don’t exist to fulfill the needs of others.”
Writing: The book is a mature read, exploring difficult themes. I wasn’t expecting the story to be so dark, and some events caught me a bit off guard. There’s a Q&A with the author and discussion questions at the end of the book, which I enjoyed reading through.
Final thoughts: The ending is open-ended and doesn’t provide much closure. It leaves the readers to imagine what happens next. If you enjoy psychological suspense novels, check out Girl at the Edge.