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Today I am reviewing The Edge by Lucy Goacher, published by Thomas and Mercer.


Sometimes it’s easier to believe the lie. But is the truth right in front of you?

Everyone says Poppy jumped. My beautiful, creative sister, with her paint-splattered dresses and sunshine smile, took her own life. And I think they’re right. Until the day I get a call from a man with a very similar story.

Everyone says his sister jumped too. But he has proof that she was pushed. And if she was, I have to ask myself: could the same thing have happened to Poppy? In the moments before she died, was she really calling me to say goodbye, or was she calling for my help? Was she really alone on that cliff edge?

When Poppy’s friends tell me she had a serious boyfriend, I feel like I’m losing my grip on reality. If they were so madly in love, wouldn’t she have told me? Wouldn’t there be pictures of them together? And when I find the silver heart necklace he gave her, I feel sick. It’s the same silver heart another murdered girl was given in the weeks before she died.

This can’t be a coincidence. Either I’ve lost my mind, or the man my darling sister loved killed her. And if he could charm his way into her life so easily, what’s to say he’s not already in mine?

”Who pushed her sister? And is she next?…

The Edge is a gripping and compelling page turner from start to finish and I loved every single minute it! It is that good it would be a crime if you didn’t read it immediately!

The plot drew me in and by the end of the prologue I was already hooked! Goacher did a great job of keeping me engaged and on the edge of my seat as I raced through the pages, wanting to savour it, but like Clementine, I was desperate for the truth behind Poppy’s death.

I absolutely loved Clementine, who was so vividly brought to life, I could just feel her pain and overwhelming grief. The guilt she carried broke my heart and I felt very protective of her. It’s cast of other characters kept me second guessing their involvement and just when I thought I had it all figured out and knew who the perpetrator was, the rug was pulled out from underneath me, not just once, but a number of times!

Goacher is an exciting new voice in the genre and definitely an author to watch. For a debut, she smashed it right out of the park and it will be part of my best reads of the year! Expertly crafted, written and executed, with brilliant plot twists, this is the perfect example of what a thriller should be and I can’t wait to read more from her.

Thank you to, Lucy Goacher, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Edge, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Australia, US & UK. I will also add to, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available.


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Lucy Goacher was born and raised in Worthing, and can often be found braving the windy weather on the seafront. She has an English degree and a Master’s in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex, and was a finalist in the 2017 Daily Mail First Novel Competition. The Edge is her first novel.

Her time is split between writing, pampering her cat, and photographing the urban foxes who visit her garden every night for dinner – much to her cat’s annoyance.



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