Crime Fiction


Edge by Jeffery Deaver

If you’re new to Jeffery Deaver, this would be a good novel to try. It’s hard to put down.
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Edge is a standalone thriller by Jeffery Deaver. Published in 2010 and shortlisted for the Best Hard Cover Novel in that year’s International Thriller Writers Awards. Nearly 10 years down the line it’s definitely still worth reading.

The book is about a Washington D.C. police detective and his family who are being targeted by an assassin. As the FBI and cops try to work out why, protection officer, Corte, is assigned to move them across country to a safe house. But the assassin is following them and soon the police realise one of their own officers must be leaking information.

One by one, each member of the family is investigated and thought to be the assassin’s target: the policeman himself, his wife and step-daughter, and even his wife’s sister who’s living with them temporarily. The characters are interesting and their stories keep you guessing as the plot twists and turns. Even Corte has a secret double life. In fact, you’re led up a lot of false trails before the real target is revealed – and the real target is a real surprise!

This is a good, suspenseful thriller, and a very enjoyable read. The plot is intricate and there’s an extra layer of interest because the journey to the safe house takes you through Civil War battlefields. You don’t have to be a fan of Jeffery Deaver to enjoy this novel. It stands on its own merits and is certainly worth a 4+ Star rating.

If you enjoy reading crime fiction why not come along to one of our meetings? They’re on the third Friday of every month, 2.30pm @ Oundle Library. It’s all very informal because we don’t have a set reading list. We do, however, enjoy a wide-ranging chat about the books we’ve read and enjoyed. Everyone welcome!