The Edge of Nowhere (Edge of Nowhere Series #1)

The Edge of Nowhere (Edge of Nowhere Series #1)

by Elizabeth George
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The Edge of Nowhere (Edge of Nowhere Series #1) by Elizabeth George

The Edgar and Agatha Award-nominated novel from #1 New York Times bestseller Elizabeth George!

On Whidbey Island, nothing is as it seems. Becca's ability to hear "whispers"—the thoughts of others—has put her at risk from her criminal stepfather. So Becca escapes to Whidbey Island, where she hopes to find safety. But when a terrible accident affects everyone on the island, Becca finds herself wrapped up in a complicated situation, and she isn't the only one with a secret.

This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance.

"Blending mystery, family drama, teen angst and a dose of paranormal, this novel rises above many in the young adult genre." —

"George has hit the nail on the proverbial head with this action-packed, mysterious, and somewhat 'creepy' novel." —Suspense Magazine

An Edgar Award Nominee
An Agatha Award Nominee 

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101590584
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Series: Edge of Nowhere Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 117,249
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth George, described by Entertainment Weekly as “the queen of the mystery genre,” is the author of the bestselling crime novels about Inspector Thomas Lynley. Her books are known for complex plotting, elegant writing, and well-developed characters, all of which she also brings to her novels for teens.

The first book in the Whidbey Island saga, The Edge of Nowhere, was a finalist for both the Edgar and Agatha Awards. The second book, The Edge of the Water, and the third, The Edge of the Shadows, continue the story in the island setting, which is notable for its beauty and mystery.

Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island.  She says, “Whidbey Island deserves to be ‘someone’ in a story.  I only hope I’ve done it justice."

Visit Elizabeth George at

From the Trade Paperback edition.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

February 26, 1949

Place of Birth:

Warren, Ohio


A.A. Foothill Community College, 1969; B.A. University of California, Riverside, 1970; M.S. California State University

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The Edge of Nowhere 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth George enters the Young Adult genre with her wonderfully suspenseful novel, The Edge of Nowhere. The story is equal parts mysterious and romantic to create the perfect beginning to a series centered around perception and truth. Fourteen-year-old Becca King finds herself transported from San Diego to Whidbey Island, hiding from her sinister stepfather and waiting for her mother to find a safe sanctuary. The moment she steps foot on the remote island, the carefully laid out plans for Becca become awry and Becca has to make the best of a situation gone from unfavorable to downright unpleasant. The story's mild pace builds reader anticipation as an unexpected accident throws island residents into chaos; friends cast around blame and suspicion and secrets are subtly revealed. The wide range of colorful characters Becca meets on Whidbey provide entertainment and a reason to get involved with the outcome of the story. George's cast of characters are engaging, either deserving sympathy and devotion or a great wind to knock sense into them. The story is told in multiple perspectives, so readers are able to feel a medley of personalities. For instance, Becca is more mature for a fourteen-year-old on the run from a criminal than expected, giving her a more relatable connection, Seth is a little lost in life but filled with good intentions, and Derric is filled with promise that readers will hope to see more of in the series' future. As there are in most books, this one features characters like Hayley and Jenn that will raise eyebrows and cause readers to question their actions, reasoning, or sanity. George's ability to describe life on Whidbey Island, relationships, and interactions is astounding and familiar. It's not difficult to sink into the story, or become eager to crawl into Becca's shoes. The Edge of Nowhere is a novel that can be experienced by any measure of readers! *ARC provided through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review*
QuiltingCyclist More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in the Lynley Series.  They have been good, to excellent to exceptional.  And, there are more and more unlikely plot turns.  No character development of any kind!  I know Lynley and Havers.  I have a hard time believing that Ms. George wrote this book.  I finally had to put it down at about Page 130.  The premise is unusual and life is often unusual.  However, these characters are pathetically stupid from the outset.  Then they keep running into more stupid folks.  Not a one acts in close to a believable manner.  And, the plot has way too many conspicuous coincidences.  Pure ridiculousness.  Will not purchase anymore in this series.  Did Ms. George really write this?  Very poor book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Elizabeth George books for a number of years but this, her first ya book, is my favourite. The characters are engaging & the story is complex. Additionally, I know Langley quite well and she has done it justice. The colours, sites, feelingsof the village & stores are beautifully described. I strongly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was wonderful to come across. Elizabeth George writes another book with suspense and a child who runs........ What else could you possibly want? How about some romance?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book and full of suspense, though a little confusing at times. I recomend this book to all young adults who love a good read of action and adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see why people thought this book was a bit dumbed down. It does read like an adult novel + there's hardly any "gutter" language. Only in the dialogue was there cussing. And teens do not say "chick" as much as Mrs. George probably thinks. Other things that probably did annoy readers was the "broken" thoughts of others. Most of the thoughts were a few words at a time and sometimes you have no idea what George is trying to hint at. And the trees. Long descriptions of trees. the mysteriousness of the island sounds pretty, bute better. if it had teen humor the book would b However, I say that the characters + plot do have a bit of promise. Plot dragged 4 a while, but she still kept the suspense (kinda) going. the teenage drama seemed realistic. All in all, the book keeps the reader guessing and the quick plot + characters can keep readers wanting to keep at least reading. It's not a bad book, but it does have its ups and downs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE Elizabeth George fan and thought I would enjoy this just as much as her Lynley series.....not to take away from this story, but this was written for YOUNG TEENS and caters to them. So anyone thinking you'll get something similar to her Scotland Yard series should be mindful that it's for YOUNG TEENS and it reads like it to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Given the author I expected much more. Did nor even finish
SaffireMN More than 1 year ago
A young teenager is hiding from her step dad. She and her Mom had a plan for when they split up but everything went wrong,now she has to use her gut instincts to live and figure out who to trust.
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MMABe More than 1 year ago
Am reading this eBook now. And, as usual, I do enjoy reading Elizabeth George's books. Glad I bought it. Am sure many more readers will enjoy this.
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Having read all of Elizabeth George's book, I was surprised at this one because it is so very different from her others. I really liked it but was disappointed at the abrupt ending. It is an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character development but the ending was disappointing to me. Too many loose ends that were not tied up. I think this would have made it a better story. Almost like the author was setting you up for a sequel.
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The Edge of Nowhere The book was great I think it was okay I would rate this book 3 stars because it was okay it had a little bit of swearing in it so I think that a 14 year old should read this. The book is about a girl that her mom sent her off to a house that she thought the woman died and said I’m sorry for your lose to her husband. And a chapter later it said that she had to sleep with dogs in there dog pen and then she got up early and got on her bike and rode down to a store that wasn’t open and she tried to open the doors and it was locked up then a guy came out and said sorry we aren’t open till two hours and he was taking out the trash and looked at it and he said no way you aren’t going to look in it and see if theres food and then he let her go in and make herself a sandwich. And then she just keeps riding her bike and finds a cliff that leads to nowhere.
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Why do some posters feel the need to write a mini bookl trlling every detail of the book? Ok, so you were given the book in exchange for an honest review. Does that mean you have to spoil it for othets? Stop with the plot spoilers already. Just state if u liked the book or not.