Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Edge of Sanity - Sheryl Browne

About the book...
How far would YOU go to protect your family?
A decent, ordinary man, a man who has already suffered the loss of one child, Daniel Conner is forced by extraordinary circumstances into being a hero. Tortured, forcibly drugged—heroin still pulsating nauseatingly through his veins—his wife and daughter degraded, Daniel knows their kidnapper is beyond reasoning with.

But does being pushed one step beyond endurance justify doing the unthinkable?

High on drugs, indebted to his supplier, and desperate, Charlie Roberts takes Daniel’s wife and daughter hostage. Daniel does everything within his power to rescue the situation bloodlessly. Eventually though, Daniel realises that with or without violent mood swings induced by amphetamines and cocaine, Charlie Roberts is a psychopath. He wants more than Daniel’s money.  He wants him.

The Edge of Sanity: a harrowing story of hope amid loss and betrayal.

About the author...
I’m an author, writing fabulous, funny, thrilling modern romance. My first book, Recipes for Disaster, commissioned by Safkhet Publishing, was shortlisted for the Innovation in Romantic Fiction Award. I now have six books published with Safkhet Publishing. A contributing editor at Lovehappyending Lifestyle magazine and a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I grew up in Birmingham, UK. I work part-time. I’m a mum and a foster mum to disabled dogs, and I’ve also completed my Masters Degree in Creative Writing. My previous book, Learning to Love, was written around a short selected for publication in the Birmingham City University Anthology, Paper and Ink, of which I am super proud. 

Her books...
Recipes for Disaster - Sexilicious Romantic Comedy combined with Fab, Fun Recipes.
Somebody to Love – Sigh with contentment, scream with frustration. At times you will weep.
Warrant for Love - Three couples in a twisting story that resolves perfectly.
A Little Bit of Madness – White Knight in Blue rescues The Harbour Rest Home.
Learning to Love – Exploring the Fragility of Love, Life and Relationships.
The Edge of Sanity - How far would YOU go to protect your family?

My thoughts...
I was offered this book to read by Kim The Bookworm in exchange for an honest review that I'm more than happy to do.

I hadn't previously read anything by Sheryl Browne so her switch to penning a thriller from romantic fiction had no impact on me.  But, I can imagine it may shock a few of her readers.  She looks like butter wouldn't melt yet she has just written an edgy dark novel that hits you straight between the ribs within the first few pages.

I held my breath, felt sick and cried whilst reading The Edge of Sanity - why? Because Sheryl painted the opening scenes so vividly I wanted good to overcome the bad and desperately cared about each of the family - an achingly difficult book for me to read but one I couldn't put down.

A tragic accident sees them losing their youngest daughter and they go from being a happy connected family of four running their own business to three individuals each seemingly unable to function or take their rightful place alongside each other as part of a family.

The age old problems of communication and guilt is at the heart of their problems.  Jo and Dan avoid each other and can't communicate their feelings without it coming across as an attack on the others behaviour.  As a direct consequence their actions have a serious and detrimental effect on their teenage daughter.

As a female and mother of a 25yr old daughter I've 'done' the teenage years and lived through the angst and self confidence issues, wanting to fit in, appear older than a teenager and pushed the boundaries - safe in the knowledge that I as a mother or my parents when I was a teenager would let the boundaries be pushed and allow them to give a little safe in the knowledge that those very same boundaries were there to keep my daughter and myself safe.

Emotions ran deep for me whilst reading this book - I felt for each of the family in different ways but I particularly felt for Kayla and wanted to shake Daniel and Jo and make them see what was happening under their nose with their daughter. It has to be every families nightmare for their children to come into contact with drugs and the evil effects they have on life.

This book is all consuming, it will eat you and throw you back out but you won't be able to put it down until you find out whether a family at rock bottom can survive.

I gave this book 5/5 stars


  1. I'm gobsmacked. I can hardly type! Oh, Dawn, thank you so much. It is edgy and dark, but it was a story that just had to come out. I am sooooo thrilled with this fantastic review, you have no idea how worried I've been. I am just so glad you enjoyed. I realise there is a lot of angst in there, but that's how life can be sometimes, isn't it? THANK YOU!! Do I really look like butter wouldn't melt? Haw, haw! People will be looking at me nervously from now on! :) xxx

    1. You are more than welcome. The most difficult subject matters when tackled head on like you did with this book make for the best type of reading in my opinion. And we all know you've got to watch the sweet ones.... :D

    2. Haw, Haw! Now I feel like Baby Jane! Thanks so much again, Dawn. I really wasn't sure about this one. Faith restored. :) xx

  2. A fabulous review for what is without doubt a fabulous book. I've only just begun it and I can't put it down. Well, clearly, only to read and comment here. :)

    1. Thank you for your kind words Carol. I shall look forward to hearing your thoughts too :)

    2. Thanks, Carol. I hope you put it down while you were zorbing and shark wrestling. ;) xx

  3. Just been off to buy it. Back again to say I can't wait to read it. What a fabulous review, Sheryl. Hope you've recovered from the launch party - or maybe not!

  4. Natalie that's so kind of you to say and I just know in a perverse sort of way you'll love it :)

    1. Perverse? Um, yep, but that was Charlie, not me. ;) xx

  5. I love this book. But, then again I adore everything Sheryl writes. Wonderful story. Gripping, edge of seat stuff!