Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Review: The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from kensington Press, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we're talking about Thanksgiving and kindness today, 
it's only fitting to share about this great new novel!

The Edge of Lost cover


From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances. 

On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter—one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island—has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.

Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.

Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell—and believe—in order to survive.


This book was an amazing read. Miss Grace has recently gotten fixated on the History Channel and their shows about the escape of 3 men from Alcatraz, so when I started reading the book, it felt like daja vu! Most people do not realize that there WERE children living on the island, so it was great to see how the author interwove their tale with that of the escape. But the book is about more than the Rock. It is about second chances and about what makes a family a family. Is is merely blood? The ties that bind from shared memories and experiences? Is it love, pure and simple? The author does a wonderful job of showing that family is not always what you expect, and that what it becomes can even become your salvation and future. This is a real page turner and I can't recommend it enough! Don't miss this book, it's already being talked about by everybody!

About the Author:

KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, as well as a nomination for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, The Edge of Lost is her fourth novel, following the widely praised Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, and The Pieces We Keep.
Prior to her writing career, Kristina hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program, and has been named one of Portland's "40 Under 40" by The Business Journal. She lives with her husband and two sons in the Pacific Northwest, where she is working on her next novel. Check out her website for more info, 

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