Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz. A prison guard's only daughter--one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island--has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome.

Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs. Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.

Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell--and believe--in order to survive.


The Edge of Lost begins in Ireland with a young Shanley Keagan who earns a living for him and his impoverished, abusive uncle as a comic in pubs. When he learns above the love story between his mother and his "real" father who lives in America, he is determined to escape his Irish homeland to find him. 

While crossing, he meets and befriends a young Italian boy named Nick and his family who help him enter New York under the name of their dead son, Thomas Capello. With his adopted family, Shan finds love and family and he grows to manhood while searching for his father. When Nick becomes involved in organized crime, Thomas comes to his aid, but is accidentally involved in a crime for which he takes the blame to save Nick. 

Thomas finds himself serving time in the notorious prison of Alcatraz where he befriends a young girl, the daughter of a guard, who has a painful secret of her own. 

This emotionally provocative story is one of adversity and hope, enduring love and incredible sacrifice. It brings to life the plight of immigrants as they struggle and sacrifice to achieve a better life. From its nail-biting opening pages, to its ultimately satisfying ending, and all the heart-wrenching scenes in between, this is one luxurious story! With its many subplots and little mysteries, there was much to keep me entertained and flipping pages. The characters drew me in because they were so credible and unpredictable. Plot and characters combine to thrust readers onto a roller coaster like ride of emotion. The details of life for prisoners on Alcatraz was well researched and meticulously written. 

This is one novel worth reading because it is so perfectly written and highly entertaining. Every page is rich with life, betrayal, sorrow, and above all, love! 

Than you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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