|Plot Summary of On the Edge|
Berkley, Jul 2002, 6.99, 336 pp.
Initially, psychologist Dr. Meredith Greene blames herself for the tragic death of patient Bridget Lawrence. However, she soon blames the death on Bridget's lover internationally famous mountain climber Erik Amundsson. Bridget wanted Meredith to help her overcome acrophobia so that she could share a passionate key part of the life of her beloved. However, when Erik took Bridget on her first climb onto Colorado's South Maroon Peak, the trek down proved gravity a greater master than he.
Meredith confronts Erik for causing the death of Bridget, but shockingly both feel a powerful immediate attraction to one another. However, he soon becomes the focus of a police investigation and a media circus when a second person dies while climbing with Erik. Since a foreign dignitary is involved, State Department Agent John McCord is assigned the case, but he finds himself desiring Meredith even as he believes that Erik is more sinister than just a misfortunate climber.
Though more a thriller than a romance, ON THE EDGE will excite romantic suspense fans from the first stop on a mountain's side to the final climax. Meredith is an interesting heroine whose pangs of guilt feel genuine, but her reaction formation of blaming culpability on Erik seems unfair and leads to a credibility gap when she confronts him. Those who climb over this flaw will realize that Lynn Erickson keeps fans ON THE EDGE. The reader wonders if Erik has met unfortunate accidents and will make it with Meredith or is he an uncaring killer ready to murder her if John fails to keep his beloved safe?
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of On the Edge|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
- 2000+ (Present)
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- feelings towards family/friends
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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