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On the Edge Book Review Summary

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Berkley, Jul 2002, 6.99, 336 pp.
ISBN: 0425185419

Initially, psychologist Dr. Meredith Greene blames herself for the tragic death of patient Bridget Lawrence. However, she soon blames the death on Bridget's lover internationally famous mountain climber Erik Amundsson. Bridget wanted Meredith to help her overcome acrophobia so that she could share a passionate key part of the life of her beloved. However, when Erik took Bridget on her first climb onto Colorado's South Maroon Peak, the trek down proved gravity a greater master than he.

Meredith confronts Erik for causing the death of Bridget, but shockingly both feel a powerful immediate attraction to one another. However, he soon becomes the focus of a police investigation and a media circus when a second person dies while climbing with Erik. Since a foreign dignitary is involved, State Department Agent John McCord is assigned the case, but he finds himself desiring Meredith even as he believes that Erik is more sinister than just a misfortunate climber.

Though more a thriller than a romance, ON THE EDGE will excite romantic suspense fans from the first stop on a mountain's side to the final climax. Meredith is an interesting heroine whose pangs of guilt feel genuine, but her reaction formation of blaming culpability on Erik seems unfair and leads to a credibility gap when she confronts him. Those who climb over this flaw will realize that Lynn Erickson keeps fans ON THE EDGE. The reader wonders if Erik has met unfortunate accidents and will make it with Meredith or is he an uncaring killer ready to murder her if John fails to keep his beloved safe?

Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   psychiatrist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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