I went back and forth between 2 and 3 stars on this one, which is unusual for me, being a big fan of Deaver’s work. I just didn’t feel like this was a very strong story and after reading a number of his novels it feels a bit mechanical. The characters are not particularly likable or interesting. Some of Deaver’s trademark twists were good, but even when you can’t predict the twist, it’s often obvious that there will be one, which ruins the impact. The ending was also pretty sappy and the characters did not behave consistently with the rest of the novel in order to deliver a “feel good” result.
One interesting thing I noticed is that authors are often told to “show, don’t tell.” In Edge, Deaver actually does both A LOT. He does show people acting in certain ways that develop their character, but then the narrator goes and points it out as well. There are far too many expositions about what the characters are like from the narrator’s point of view that it feels like Deaver’s trying to give us a firm grounding in who the characters are for some later purpose. Unfortunately very little of this character development has anything to do with the story, so unless he’s trying to create another series with these characters (which I would probably not follow), I don’t really see the point.
In short, a disappointing effort from an author that usually brings his A game. This is the second recent Deaver book I’ve rated 2 stars, so hopefully these are not indicative of his future output.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars