Review: Edge of Wild

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Edge of Wild by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received a signed paperback, E-ARC, and swag package via the author in exchange for participating in the Sunday Street Team.

I had heard about this book through Twitter. One of the people I follow retweeted a tweet from the author. The author was asking about people who wanted to participate in the Sunday Street Team for this book. We talked for a bit and I agreed to join. I am happy to say that I enjoyed Edge of Wild!

The book begins with a prologue. Ever since Jeff Chan was asked to come to Wateron to reappear the Whitewater Lodge things haven’t gone according to plan. The town is very hostile towards him and he feels like he’s being stalked. He hears noises and goes to check them out. A man is in his house. Jeff grabs a weapon and asks why the man is there. The man replies that he just wants to talk.

We are then taken to the first chapter. Louise ‘Lou’ has always been a bit strange. She tends to pick up on things very quickly and sometimes she knows things she shouldn’t. Lou has very vivid dreams. Of another life. She believes that she’s lived several lives based on her dreams. But no one believed that. For the longest time Lou was an outcast. Her own father hadn’t believed her. Now she chooses not to tell anyone fearing she will be outcasted like she was when she was little.

Richard ‘Rich’ has been called in to manage Whitewater Lodge in Wateron, Alberta. He’s not particularly pleased about being called in but goes anyways. Once he arrives he notices that the hotel is a mess. Apparently Jeff Chan wasn’t gifted in organization. The files are a mess and every time Rich fixes something it either gets destroyed or another problem arises. Most of the locals are unnerved by his presence and they promptly turn down every suggestion he makes. On top of all that Rich feels like he’s being stalked. Things in his room are misplaced, the locks undone, and animals are chasing him. The only person Rich can trust is Lou who is fixing his car.

Once the murders began to pile up the town is terrified. But Lou begins to suspect that the townspeople know who is stalking Rich. She starts to realize that the townspeople have been keeping many secrets. And once Lou starts hanging around Rich they begin to outcast her. Rich slowly realizes that whoever is murdering all those people may in fact be after him.

This was such a well done murder mystery! It’s been awhile since I’ve read one that done this well! I didn’t even see the murderer coming! It was so unexpected and well done.  The book is narrated in third person. Which was written well considering it’s a murder mystery. It takes place in 1999 Wateron, Alberta in the span of a few months. Which I found pretty interesting. The author did her research and it feels like you’re in that time. There are multiple point of views but our main point of views are Rich and Lou.

For a majority of the book Rich is stressed and angry. Nothing really seems to work with the hotel and it feels like the townspeople want him gone. I really felt for him because man was that a lot to deal with. Plus the townspeople didn’t make it any easier. While I did sympathize with him I didn’t really connect with him. I liked him because he was determined and hardworking. I’m surprised that he was able to deal with the townspeople. The only townspeople that were nice to him were Amanda his assistant and Lou.

I really liked reading about Lou! It was so interesting to read about her vision and dreams. I’m a big believer in dreams and the way I see it is that people like Lou really do exist. She was sweet and calm. Lou had a way with people. She could calm you down and tell you a story based on yourself and your circumstances. While Rich was hot tempered Lou was calm. They worked well together.

While Rich and Lou worked well together I didn’t really get the romance. At first it seemed like attraction than it just didn’t make sense. And it did feel unnecessary. Lou’s relationship with her father figure Hunter was cute and realistic! While Rich didn’t really talk to Amanda that often he liked her.

The plot was really good! It was a nice touch to read about many different people. Including the police officers, the murderer, and the victims. The point of view shift never felt overwhelming and the author did a good job of balancing the point of views and fleshing out all the characters.

You should know that this is a very different murder mystery novel. For starters the victims aren’t anyone Rich knows. So in way that takes out the suspense because you’re not worried about how the murders are affecting Rich.Despite this it was very intriguing as the evidence continues to pile up and you keep turning the pages just to know what’s going on.

The police actually do stuff in this book! Rich launches another investigation but doesn’t look into the murderers. Which happens in most murder mystery novels. Especially YA. In a way the townspeople reminded of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. In Agatha Christie’s novels they always take place in a small town and all if it’s residents are hiding something. Also her books just like this book ends nicely.

I had no problems with this book. I’ve rated it 4 stars because while I thoroughly enjoyed it I didn’t love it. Note this is a slow book, the townspeople are very frustrating, and there is a lot of swearing. If these bother you I would suggest you to find another murder mystery novel.

Overall this was a really great book! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different murder mystery novel.

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