Judith D Collins
At the Quiet Edge
Publisher: Lake Union
Publication Date: 05/01/2022
My Rating: 5 Stars (ARC)
A young mother has done everything possible to put the past behind her, but it might not be enough in a gripping novel of suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Jane Doe novels.
Abandoned by her fugitive ex-husband, Lily Brown is rebuilding her life on the edge of a Kansas town that still feels the sting of his crimes. Lily lies low, managing the isolated storage facility where she lives with her twelve-year-old son, Everett, and planning a better future for them both. That requires keeping secrets. Everett has them too.
After breaking into a storage unit, Everett finds photographs and news clippings of five girls missing for decades. For Everett, it’s an adventure and a tempting mystery to solve. But digging further into a stranger’s obsession is putting Everett and his mother in the crosshairs of a killer.
Then Lily’s ex resurfaces from the shadows. Just as suddenly, an attentive new man enters Lily’s life. And a suspicious detective, responding to reports of a prowler, watches every move Lily makes. It’s getting harder for Lily to know who to trust―or whose secrets pose the most frightening threat of all.
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Thriller queen Victoria Helen Stone returns following The Last One Home and her popular Jane Does series with AT THE QUIET EDGE —an atmospheric heart-pounding family drama meets domestic mystery suspense thriller.
This one will keep you on the edge of your seat until the satisfying conclusion.
Lily Brown a single mom with son Everett, has moved to the edge of a Kansas town after escaping her fugitive ex-husband, Jones.
She loves her son and is trying to protect him the best she can from their past life.
She has to watch over her shoulders and has taken a job as a manager of a remote storage facility while she is studying for her degree. She is a good mother and wants to keep her son safe. Everett was the only kid who lived in the business park way down the road.
It is creepy, with shadows lurking all the time. (all storage facilities are creepy and scary). There is also a nosy detective who keeps hanging around. They live in an onsite apartment on property.
Lily must keep secrets and cannot have friends or allow her son to have people over, which makes him feel isolated.
Everett discovers a new locker. He discovers disturbing clippings and photographs of five girls that have been missing for decades. He didn't take things, he was just curious. He wanted to be a vet one day or a cop.
It looks like a crime screen reenactment and he does not tell his mother. This is a mystery to him and he finally shares it with his one friend, Josephine. (loved their friendship).
However, as the mother and son dig into the owner's obsession, it puts them in harm's way—a serial killer. In the meantime, the authorities are watching her, thinking her ex-husband will contact her.
She must keep her criminal ex from her son. Jones was charming and he lied. Everette is almost thirteen and she promised she would buy him a phone. She wants to protect him from the evil in the world and his father.
Jones is on the run and emerges. Then a new person is missing and more secrets rise to the surface.
There is another woman from the shelter she is trying to help and risks her job caught up in a web of secrets and lies. All the while, everything surrounding this storage unit facility and her onsite apartment is scary and disturbing!
The things people keep in storage units and the secrets they keep!
A chilling and eerie setting. Compelling, mysterious, intense, and intriguing.
I enjoyed this one, and my first book read that was set in a creepy storage unit. I loved Everette and his character and am a huge fan of the author—have read all her books. Highly recommend.
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My Rating: 5 Stars
Pub Date: May 1, 2022
“The plot’s many twists and turns will stun and surprise readers. Suspense fans will get their money’s worth.”
“I raced through the pages of At the Quiet Edge. This propulsive story places you inside a world of secrets, and locks you inside. And like our heroine Lily and her son Everett, it’s hard to know who to trust. This is taut, heart-pounding suspense.”
—Kaira Rouda, USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Next Wife and Somebody’s Home
“Sharp and sophisticated, At the Quiet Edge commanded my attention from the captivating first chapter to the electrifying ending.”
—Minka Kent, Washington Post bestselling author
“As a single mom, I couldn’t help but identify with the complex dynamics between mother and son as each protected the other in this gripping thriller. It is a thrilling game of cat and mouse that kept me guessing all the way up to the jaw-dropping conclusion.”
—Lucinda Berry, bestselling author of The Best of Friends and The Perfect Child
“An utterly compelling blend of family drama and suspense, At the Quiet Edge pulled me in and didn’t let go. I read this riveting, twisty book in one sitting. Not to be missed.”
—A. J. Banner, #1 Amazon, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author
From the Publisher
Storage facilities have always creeped me out. Who knows what secrets lurk in all those shadowy corners and locked-up containers that have sat around for years? Reading At the Quiet Edge amplified those fears. There are plenty of secrets hidden in the storage facility the main character, Lily Brown, manages—and some of them are deadly.
When Lily’s twelve-year-old son, Everett, breaks into one of the units, he discovers disturbing materials involving several missing locals. At the same time, Lily’s suspicious ex-husband emerges after years on the run. When a new person is reported missing—and when Lily’s own secrets surface—she and Everett become trapped in a web of dangerous deceptions.
Author Victoria Helen Stone writes with a slow-burn suspense, the tensions mounting with each chapter in a deliciously chilling way. Dangers close in from every direction. The isolation of the storage facility, where Lily and Everett live in an on-site apartment, makes them increasingly vulnerable. But nothing can break the love a mother has for her child. As we see with Lily, it only grows stronger when put to the test—especially when there’s no one else to trust.
—Chris Werner, Editor
About the Author
Victoria Helen Stone, author of the runaway best seller Jane Doe, writes critically acclaimed novels of dark intrigue and emotional suspense. Aside from The Last One Home, Problem Child, Half Past, and the chart-topping False Step and Evelyn, After, she also published twenty-nine books as USA Today bestselling author Victoria Dahl and won the prestigious American Library Association Reading List award for best genre fiction. Her novels have been published in English, Russian, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Lithuanian, Portuguese, German, French, Japanese, Indonesian, Czech, Hebrew, Estonian, Polish, Norwegian, Dutch, and Thai.
Victoria writes in her home office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, far from her origins in the flattest plains of Minnesota, Texas, and Oklahoma. She enjoys gorgeous summer trail hikes in the mountains almost as much as she enjoys staying inside by the fire during winter. Victoria is passionate about dessert, true crime, and her terror of mosquitoes, which have targeted her in a diabolical conspiracy to hunt her down no matter the season. For more information, visit www.victoriahelenstone.com.