On the Edge by Jane Jesmond reviewed

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Jen Shaw
Jane Jesmond
Oldcastle Books
October 26, 2021

Jen Shaw has climbed all her life: daring ascents of sheer rock faces, crumbling buildings, cranes—the riskier the better. Until she went too far. So she’s given it all up now. Honestly, she has. Yet, when she awakens to find herself drugged and dangling off the local lighthouse during a wild storm less than twenty-four hours after returning to Cornwall from a rehab center, she needs all her skill to battle her way to safety. Once safe, the real challenge begins. Jen must face her troubled past in order to figure out whether something triggered her return to this risky behavior, or if there is a more sinister explanation hidden in her hometown…

On the Edge by Jane Jesmond

On The Edge is about Jen Shaw (Jenifry actually – she’s Cornish) is an adrenalin junkie. She would climb almost anything and the harder the challenge the happier she was. Then things went wrong and people got hurt. After promising her brother she wouldn’t climb again her life spiralled out of control. When the book starts she’s in rehab and put herself in there voluntarily. Then she gets a message from her brother in Cornwall asking for her help. She checks herself out – promising to return – and heads for Cornwall. The start of this intrigued me.

On The Edge follows Jen’s time back in Cornwall. She finds that her family has problems. Equally it does seem as though someone has a vendetta against her too. There are twists and turns in this tale and quite a bit of action too. The Cornish setting and the climbing theme added something for me. Pace and tension are a good part of this book too.

I’m from the Westcountry, I’ve climbed (though not to Jen’s level) and at times I’ve been a risk taker. It felt that this writing came from someone who has some understanding of both climbing and addiction. Jen’s demons are vivid and visceral almost. I found her a convincing character. Most of the other characters seemed ok to me too. One or two of them added more to the tale overall.

I do like finding new authors and something a little different. For me this was just that. It was a little different and was very enjoyable. On The Edge is one of those books I was always happy to pick up again – it kept me involved and interested. 4.5/5

Just because you feel paranoid doesn’t mean that they are not out to get you – but who are “they”…

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review