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Mapping the Edge

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Disturbing and thought-provoking

    How well do you REALLY know your best friend? That's the question that this novel explores and takes to a creepy extreme. Ignore the other reviews from readers who were confused with the alternating "What really happened to Anna?" scenarios - they clearly didn't pay attention at the beginning of the novel. In the end, what actually happened to Anna during her "disappearance" doesn't matter. The book works because either of the scenarios are completely plausible. Which one you choose to believe depends on how suspicious or paranoid you are (or aren't). Fascinating premise that is very unsettling simply because it makes you realize that you may never truly know the person to whom you think you are closest. It sent chills down my spine. I WILL agree with the readers who were confused by the novel's last paragraph; it threw me, too. Would love to ask the author what she meant by it. Other than that, a thoroughly enjoyable and very different kind of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    Edgy Evocation

    A witty, sensitive yet gripping exploration of relationships and self-discovery, hung on the tale of a woman who doesn't come home and the interactions of those who await her return. Brilliantly subtle, perceptive characterisation along with ingenious, agile yet readily understandable time and scene-shifting plotlines speak to an intelligent audience. Intrigue and tension is maintained right to the finish. (By the way, pay no attention to reviewers who found the plot structure confusing -- I'll charitably suggest that they must have been extremely fatigued when they picked up the book...)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

    Don't waste your time or money

    Have loved all her other books. This book was awful. I have to admit, I do not usually stop reading I attempt to go on and finish a book, however this was not worth it.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Don't waste your time.

    The plot for this book was so muddy & predictable. I must say the style going back & forth was interesting. However, I was never drawn into the story. By the time I was finished with this book, I was ready to put it into the trash can.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    Nice try

    The novel feels rushed, as if the author were attempting to make time for her publishers instead of fulfilling the plot's needs. I was disapointed in the overall conclusion, as well as each individual plot line. I felt nothing for the characters, there wasn't one that was real or lifelike- only names on paper. Not enough thought was placed in the prepration of the writing or outlining. Although well written, the novel does seek to expand on an interesting idea for a plot, but at some point these seperate portions should have reunited. I felt no suspense and this is probably because I felt nothing for the characters (a good plot is only important when you care for the people concerned). It took entirely too long to read. Overall, disapointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    Poorly Done

    I enjoyed the Birth of Venus, so when I saw this book in the Aiport Bookstore I grabbed it. I missed the whole plot split and re-read all the 'Away' sections twice to try to figure out what was going on. It seemed to me the author had two different ideas for a story line and couldn't decide which to use, so just threw them together into one book - and did neither of them justice in terms of plot development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004


    This book is similiar to the movie Sliding Doors. Anna is missing and we are told two stories about what may have happened to her. The book is well written. You may have to review the beginning of the book to see where the story splits to two stories. I enjoyed reading a well written thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2001


    I enjoyed reading this book, but it took me all the way to the end and I had to go back to the beginning to find the 'point of departure'--she does/doesn't buy the wooden horse on the first day in the market. I also enjoyed the parts narrated by the friend who is in London caring for her daughter than what was happening with Anna. It took me the whole book to realize the kidnapping was an alternate to the other timeline instead of sequential. The point of departure was too subtle for the reader to catch on quickly enough to enjoy the alternate universe--I went back and read several sections after FINALLY getting it and it was more interesting. I would read something by this author again, but a better prologue on the jacket cover might be an improvement before the reader dives in and is trying to figure out when she spent the weekend with 'art-boy' and which weekend she spends locked up with 'photo-boy'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    What Does This Book Want to Be?

    If the author was trying for confusion, she did well. Unfortunately, this confusion does nothing for the reader but frustrate and, eventually, bore. If one enjoys reading page after page without understanding where the book is taking you, then this is the book for you. Frankly, the only reason I finished it was that I had nothing left to read, and I couldn't get to the library. It did not inspire suspense since you didn't know whether events were really happening or if this was going to turn out to be some cliched 'dream sequence.' The only character I enjoyed was Estella, and her part of the book was the only part that was grounded in a reality that the reader could understand.

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