Eddie fixates on the popular girl. He abducts her then acts as her rescuer. Will she accept his fragile devotion or reject his special love? Stalking gets a strangely sympathetic turn in this story of obsession and survival.
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EDGE OF ESCAPE reveals the fractured heart of Eddie, an emotionally impaired 18-year-old who has spent most of his school years in special education classes. Placed there by an over protective mother who also blames her son for his unintentional part in his father’s death, Eddie is kept separated from normal student interactions. Eddie’s guilt and his place among the unaccepted serve to keep him invisible to the rest of the students, especially the popular ones. His uncontainable obsession for the popular Rebecca compels him to devise a plan to pull her into his world and win her over. What should have been appropriate advances become, for Rebecca, the terror of stalking and abduction. She wakes up trapped, she escapes, and then she makes a wrong choice and is trapped again. Throughout her ordeal as she escapes again and again, there are flashbacks into both Rebecca’s and Eddie’s lives and how those lives have been intersecting all through their school years. If she falls for the fragile spirit who stalks her, does love erase evil intent? If she fails to see the innocent infatuation for what it is, will she be responsible for the inevitable tragedy that foreshadows their tangled fate?
Edge of Escape
Mmm. Sleep. She took an involuntary sniff through her nose and made an audible sigh out her mouth, loud enough to pull her almost all the way up from the strangest dream. It was a soft nightmare, not scary but very unpleasant. Weird, the way dreams sometimes are. She rolled to her right and jerked herself completely awake. The room was pitch black but her eyes were wide and searching. Her left wrist seemed tethered to the side of the bed. She reached with her right hand and felt blindly from her wrist to a cold metal pole. She was handcuffed. Panicking, she rattled the pole and started to scream. The screams turned to grunts and groans as she struggled with the shackles. She paused to listen, holding her breath. Nothing. Still pitch black. There were faint sounds from somewhere. Far away expressway noises, a breeze through tall trees, closer crickets. But no house sounds, no refrigerator hum, no creaks, no ticking clock. She let out her breath and tried to calm herself. She was fully clothed but shoeless. Her watch was gone. She pulled her legs up under herself for leverage and started to stand, intending to rip her wrist restraint free of the metal. She placed the chain links in her left hand and grabbed the wrist metal with her right. She braced herself, tilted her head upwards, gritted her teeth and straightened her legs fast. Her head met an unexpectedly low ceiling hard enough to knock her back into the soft nightmare.
ABNA Expert Reviewer
The tension and sense of claustrophobia that we, as readers, feel as Rebecca wakes and finds herself groggy and handcuffed to a bed in a dark room. The author did an excellent job conveying the sense of dread and fear that someone in that situation would ultimately feel. Rebecca, as a lead female character, is somewhat unconventional in the sense that she instantly goes into escape mode and thinks logically. Which is a refreshing way to portray a confined female other then having her just panick and scream-constantly in victim mode. I loved that the author transferred back and forth between Rebecca's everyday life prior to her victimization and her being held in the confines of a small, bleak room. When we catch glimpses of Rebecca's life as a teenager we are also shown hints of how she manages to break free of her captor using her skills earned from countless times picking locks to get out of her bedroom from groundings. I think the author did a fantastic job dealing with the insanity of the situation. It was intense and creepy and altogether realistic at the same time.
ABNA Publisher Weekly Reviewer
Stalking gets a strangely sympathetic turn in this wan cat-and-mouse story of obsession and survival. When 18-year-old Rebecca MacPherson wakes up in a dark room, handcuffed to a pole, she quickly realizes she's been abducted. But by whom, and why? The answers lie years in the past, with a classmate, "Special Eddie" Burling, an emotionally-twisted boy who's had a crush on her for as long as he can remember. Even as Rebecca struggles to escape her captor in the present, their respective histories unfold in alternating flashbacks. As the narrative bounces between Rebecca, Eddie, and a host of other characters, things get more and more complicated.
Fantastic original you won't be able to put down
Edge of Escape will keep you on the edge of your seat. You won't be able to decide whether to boo Edward, or root for him. As the mother of teen daughters myself, I so wanted to see Rebecca escape; at the same time I had so much compassion for Edward that I almost wanted him to win her over. Debra Chapoton has done a fantastic job in getting into the mindset of this disturbed young man, and taking the reader along for the ride.
The story jumps around, from the present, to various points in the past, even a little bit into the future. Instead of distracting the reader from what is currently happening, it completely works by adding layers of richness to the story, answering questions about how Edward came to be and how all of the main characters tie together. Edward's mother will make you want to cry for him, as will his consuming guilt and painful shyness. It isn't easy making the villain so completely sympathetic and evil all at once, yet Debra Chapoton does just that.
Warning: Once you begin this book, you won't be able to put it down, so plan on settling in for the long haul. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, thrilling, nail-biting, well-written, addictive story that will make you question what you think you know is right and wrong.
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