Thursday, January 7, 2016
The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris - Book Review
I'm still catching up on reviews of books released in 2015. Here was one of my picks for Best of 2015!
About The Book:
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.
First of all, let me say, I love any and everything that Kristina McMorris writes. She is one of those gifted storytellers who just knows how to grab her readers and keep them entranced to the very end of her tales.
Her latest book, "The Edge of Lost," is a perfect example of Kristina's storytelling skills. As she weaves the story of Irish immigrant boy Shanley Keagan, through his transformation into Tommy Cappello to his dashing life of crime and his subsequent sentence to the famous Alcatraz prison, Kristina spins a spellbinding story that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of adventure and heartbreak.
Kristina captures the time era brilliantly and has created a cast of characters that are intriguing and memorable. Plus there is a bit of romance, a healthy dash of mystery and a huge portion of history found within these pages - absolute bliss for the reader!
This is definitely a novel that will cause readers to stay up all night long - I know I did!
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.
For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.