‘For three years shame has been an infection inside him, sour and spreading.’
But Danny is on the edge of reversing the shame by conquering his fear and so it is for all the other characters, through whom this gripping story is told.
The Edge, a solid rock spur near a northern town, serves as a striking metaphor for lives that are altering from one state to another. Grandma Joan will regain her family and act against the lovelessness of her marriage and Harry, her husband, will appreciate just where his BNP views have lead him, even to the alienation of his only daughter and her mixed-race son. However, it is Danny above all who will tame fear and the manipulative violence that has blighted all their lives.
This is a fast and compelling ‘must read’ that is disturbing in ways that are bound to make teenagers confront important issues like racism and endemic violence. I can’t recommend it highly enough.