Cut loose from her moorings, Ali is summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend. Once there, she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents' diner, the Sugarloaf Café, and launches an online blog as therapy for others who have been similarly cut loose.
But when threatening posts begin appearing, Ali finds out that running a blog is far more up-close and personal than sitting behind a news desk. And far more dangerous. Suddenly something dark and deadly is swirling around her life...and a killer may be hunting her next.
©2005 J. A. Jance; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
Ok book, definatly not a page turner. The weird music that cuts into the story at times is because this book was first made as a book on tape. The music lets you know its the end of the tape and not the end of the story. When it was transferred to digital file the music was not edited out. Hope this helps.
I have enjoyed all the JA Jance books I've read, and this one was no exception. This is the first audiobook of hers I've listened to, and I found I was listening to it whenever I could. I wanted to know what happens. It wasn't until almost the end of the book that I guessed "who done it."
A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!
Edge of evil is the beginning of another series by J. A. Jance, starring Ally Reynolds. She is a tv news anchor who is fired because of her age, and she won't stand for it! Then her childhood best friend is found dead, and she has more to think about than losing a job. I really enjoyed the writing here, it sounded more like a real person's life, with several story lines that are handled admirably. I read this book when it first came out, and enjoyed this narration. When the narrator's style blends in so well that you don't notice the narrator - that is when it is done right!
Let me say first, I'm a HUGE fan of J. A. Jance. I've read most of the print copies of her gazillion books, and have purchased eight of her audiobooks, mostly the Johanna Brady series. This was my second Ali Reynolds -- which is a good thing: if I had listened to this one first, I never would have bought another.
First of all, this has to be one of the worst-produced audio books I've ever listened to. At random moments, some peppy, jazzy, supposedly uplifting elevator music interrupts the reading, sometimes drowning out the narrator's voice. It's so inappropriate - what on earth was someone thinking?? It's not chapter divisions, one such interruption was mid-sentence. Totally weird -- and completely destroys whatever mood the book was building toward.
Then too, much of this book is told in the form of blogs, which might work well on paper, but in an audiobook, not so much. Listening to the narrator's letter-reading voice has a limited appeal - nothing happens, no action or interaction with someone else, just pretty darn dry statements of opinion and articulation of thoughts.
Finally, a word for authors out there, even really really good ones, like Jance: Perfect people get pretty boring after awhile. It's all well and good to create a laudable character -- not ALL protagonists have to be "flawed". But there has to be a limit. If I wanted to engross myself in completely selfless behavior, I guess I'd opt for Butler's "Lives of the Saints" instead. At least those were real people. Just how perfect is our multi-fired, multi-sued, widowed, about to be divorced nee widowed girl, who always-and-forever puts everyone else on the planet's wishes ahead of her own? One example: a consummately evil man has broken into her home and is beating her to death. In the last possible second, she breaks away, gets her gun, and shoots him to death. Then we have to put up with an agony of soul searching, as Ali beats her breast over what she did to the man's MOTHER -- not anyone she knew, of course, just the woman who had given birth to this monster. "What must she be feeling? I killed her son!" Ali ponders.... well, I don't know what the mother was feeling, assuming she felt anything at all. But I guess if it were me, having marginally survived such a brutal attack, I really don't think fretting about his mother would be at the top of my list of worries -- but then, I'm not a saint. Thank Gd.
All this is overlaid with Ali's (more understandable) agonizing over the supposed suicide of her best childhood friend. She feels guilty for not having... well, you can imagine. Bottom line: too much agonizing, too much introspection, too many selfless goody-goody acts from a woman who, supposedly, was once a nationally-famous news reporter, who absolutely MUST, at some point, have kicked serious butt to have attained THAT.
One good thing: we get to find out where Sam the cat comes from, which solves that mystery. As for the rest of it, give this one a pass. The subsequent Ali Reynolds books are pretty good. I guess this was just the practice book.
The book was pretty good, however, what's with the really inappropriate jazz-like music? It's not even in natural places and is very distracting. The narrator was good but was drowned out sometimes by that darn music!!
Story very good
Very dull could not tell who the characters where while she was reading
No not because of the story itself but because the reader did such a bad job.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Yes, the narrator did an excellent job, adding to the enjoyment of the story.
A story that was easy to visualize.
Excellent overall job.
No extreme reaction. I was familiar with the author's other series, J. P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady and was interested to try the Ali Reynolds series.
As I found true of J. A.'s other books, I would fit this work into the easy listening category. I won't bother to comment on the periodic bursts of music since that issue was explained by other reviewers.
I definitely recommend this to all my bookworm friends.
Ali's awakening to a new type of life. Her investigative skills help bring the story to a tight close. Ali's relationship with her family is precious and humorous.
Ali, of course. Her mother, next and all the others fall into place. Well written, well read.
I will have all of this series and Jance's other series in my library to listen to at any time on the road or working in my office. She is a marvelous author and one of my heroes. An author that can make me smile, laugh out loud, cry and go back to read the story again and again is a true winner in my book. Or should I say books!
Mobile Notary Public, live in the foothills of southeastern Tulare County in Central California. Belong to a Writers Group, and nearly finished with a YA novel.
JA Jance writes an excellent, listenable story. Ali Reynolds has quickly become a favorite of my wife and me. Good twists and turns in the story-line will keep you listening.
"I just loved this audiobook"
this book was a good listen with brilliant characters.It was addictive and had me gripped.
I loved this storyline.
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