Saturday 10 May 2014

Review ~ The Edge of Sanity by Sheryl Browne.

Title: The Edge of Sanity.
Author: Sheryl Browne.
Genre: Romantic Thriller.
Release Date: April 30, 2014.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

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.

Sometimes you build a book up so much in your head that you end up disappointed when it doesn’t reach your expectations. I loved the sound of The Edge of Sanity, thought it was going to be something great, and then when I got to the end of it, I realised how much I’d underestimated it. This was an incredible book!

I’ve never read Sheryl Browne before although I do know this is quite different from the more light-hearted romance she normally writes. I don’t know how enjoyable her other books are but if they’re anywhere near as good as The Edge of Sanity, then she must be a fantastic author!

The Edge of Sanity was gripping, intense and emotional. Jo and Daniel have had their relationship torn apart after the devastating loss of their youngest child. Their oldest daughter Kayla is suffering in the aftermath. Then psychopath Charlie is introduced…

Honestly, the concept of this book sounds good but I just can’t make it sound as good as it is. The author, seemingly effortlessly, draws you in to this traumatic plot to the stage where you just have no idea what’s going to happen next. You have to read because you need to see if this broken family will ever come through and the flawless pacing takes you through this whole experience with them, like you’re witnessing the suffering in real life.

What I loved throughout this book was the characterisation. The characters were written brilliantly. I loved how Kayla, seeing things no fifteen year old would expect, is still that teenage girl. Whatever was happening, she still had that stroppy edge, the odd sarcastic, insulting remark, the emotions and the need to impress. Daniel and Jo – suffering from very real communication problems. Charlie, Steve, Hannah – all great characters too. I have to mention DI Short too, my favourite character in this insanely good book.

The Edge of Sanity was amazing! Heart-wrenching, captivating, dramatic and all-out simply the best thriller I’ve read in… as long as I remember. Brilliant.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon


  1. Sophie, I left you a comment, but was so excited I possibly deleted it! THANK YOU Really, truly thank you so much for your fabulous lovely review. I love you! I LOVE that you go my book so completely. I think you guys are totally amazing. So very supportive. Authors could not do this without you! :) XXX

    1. Sheryl you are more than welcome :) Thank you for the wonderful book xxx


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