A book! About the wild! Set in Waterton! How could I not love it?
Title: Edge of Wild
Author: Danika Stone
Source: from author for honest review
Description from Goodreads:
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?
What I Thought:
The characters were all incredibly well written.
Rich immediately has your sympathy, as he is pushed into this situation that seems almost impossible to resolve. Stone writes his growing anxiety perfectly. It makes you wonder – is there really a reasonable explanation for the things he hears? Or is it something more?
There is a slight touch of magical realism in Lou, whose all-too-realistic dreams seem to haunt her. I loved this addition to the book – it was strange enough to be intriguing but not so strange that it seemed weird.
I loved that the police were actually competent in this story. So often you have the bumbling bumpkin officer who has no idea which end of the magnifying glass to hold. But the officers in Edge of Wild were all very diligent in their duties.
The townspeople are the quintessential small town characters – the busybody, the curmudgeonly old man, the handsome cowboy, the law. But they all had their unique personalities, and each stood out as a distinct entity.
I don’t want to reveal too much about the murderer other than it was not what I was expecting. But after looking back at the book I picked up on the clues that had been left and the hints that had been dropped, it really made sense as to who it was. Surprising and believable!
The absolute best part of this book for me was the setting. Living only an hour and a half from Waterton means that I consider it “my park.” I loved moments where Stone would write about the low cobblestone wall surrounding the RCMP building. I know exactly what that looks like! Cameron Falls, where Rich meets a cougar? I’ve been there a thousand times! It was incredibly fun to read about Waterton. Stone completely nailed it.
There is swearing and some PG-14 steamy scenes, but it wasn’t too over the top.
I loved this book and am recommending it to everyone I meet!
Check out this other review I did of Danika Stone’s YA book All the Feels.
Danika also happens to live in the same city as me! She was kind enough to oblige my bizarre request to pose in a tree with her book for my @booksinthewild account. My very first #authorsinthewild! Thanks Danika!
This outdoorsy thriller makes my wild heart happy!