Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Edge of Wild by D. K. Stone
Edge of Wild by D.K. Stone
Review by Lauren
source: copy from author; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?
Review: I "met" author Danika Stone (D.K. Stone for her adult novel, Edge of Wild) on Twitter when I saw she was recruiting bloggers for her street team. I immediately signed up because I thought Edge of Wild sounded great, and I love a good mystery. In the past couple months, you've read a guest post by Danika, as well as my recent interview with her, and now finally, my review!
Edge of Wild is a really atmospheric novel. It takes place in Waterton, Alberta, Canada, and the setting is very important to the overall story. Waterton is a fairly closed off town, where locals welcome some tourists but they don't want too many people. Of course, without the tourists, these same locals find it difficult to run their businesses. When Rich Evans comes to town as the new manager of the big hotel trying to make it in Waterton, he's not exactly met with a friendly welcome.
The previous manager, Jeff Chan, complained of people messing with his cabin and one of his cougar pups even went missing...and then, Chan himself goes missing. Enter Evans, who is trying to fix the mess that Chan left behind. The hotel seems to break down in one way or another left and right, and the townsfolk are wary of telling Evans anything about mysterious leases in town. The only person who is really nice to Evans is Louise - Lou- Newman, who runs the only gas station/garage in town. Unfortunately, she doesn't know anything about the leases or strange goings-on in the town.
It was interesting to get to know the various townsfolk, and Stone keeps you guessing and wondering as to why they are so closed off. Lou is a sweet girl who knows what it's like to feel like an outcast, so she feels bad for Evans but hates feeling pushed aside when the town notices her spending too much time with Evans. Despite this, she still tries to follow her heart. There is a nice romance in Edge of Wild, but it doesn't take over the book, and it actually moves a bit slow, which was nice. After all, most people are going to be curious about all the back luck and death surrounding Rich Evans and Waterton itself.
There is a killer out there. Are they after Evans? What will they do to keep outsiders out of Waterton? Stone is adept at revealing a clue here and there, with a new threat occurring over and over. All of these things are perfect in building suspense and questions. I was definitely surprised by the end! Aspects of the answer are easier to figure out as you read, but when it comes down to it, I was shocked!