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On the Edge of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (June 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006479286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006479284
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,189,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell' Frank Delaney 'Fascinating and chilling' Anne McCaffrey 'Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall' Woman's Realm 'A novel to get tucked into' Sunday Times

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'STEPHEN KING MEETING WITH RUTH RENDELL' - Frank Delaney

Customer Reviews

Like all her novels, this one is captivating.
Erskine Fan
IT just drags on and on , back and forth and back and forth...dont waste your money on this one.
anne
I did not care about any of the characters because there was no depth to them either.
Shell

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2001
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This is a well written, compelling story of a love that intersects the past, as well as the present. An excellent piece of paranormal fiction, it keeps the reader riveted to the pages.
The story begins in the nineteen thirties, when a fourteen year old boy named Adam, while traipsing in the isolated crags of the Scottish highlands near an ancient Celtic stone, meets a girl named Brid whom he mistakes for a gypsy, due to her wild, long hair, and her exotic style of dress. Unbeknownst to him, a portal in time has opened, allowing Adam and Brid, who is actually a Druid from the sixth century, to cross back and forth in time. Adam, however, does not realize that he is actually travelling back and forth in time, while Brid is not only fully aware of what is happening, but is doing so in contravention of what her uncle, a high priest to the Druids, and her training have taught her.
Over time, she becomes obsessive about Adam, who is her first love, while Adam, as he grows up, moves on with his life. In leaving the heartsick Brid behind and consigning her to his memories, he takes his life in a seemingly new direction.
Brid, on the other hand, forsaking the teachings of her people and incurring the wrath of her powerful uncle and a sure sentence of death, is dead serious about Adam, and she goes through the time portal in search of him. Adam, who has by now left home to go to medical school, is unaware of her obsession and of the lifelong quest now set in motion.
Over the years, Adam makes new friends, becomes a doctor, gets married, and has a family, but Brid, trapped in the wrong time, begins to haunt them all, as she searches for Adam. Her obsession with him finally turns deadly, and the body count begins, as she seeks to tear him asunder from all whom he holds dear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diana Faillace Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2001
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As I read this book in the wake of rereading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I was thoroughly in the mood for more Celtic tales of Druids, rituals and magic. This story does not conjur up half the magic of Bradley's masterpiece, but it does satisfactorily probe some of that primordial mystery that shrouds the ancient world and its people. In this tale, unhappy adolescent Adam spends most of his time on the hillside where the Celtic stone from another century proudly stands. Little does he know, but the stone is a gateway to another time, a time where Druid Priestess-in-training, Brid, is able to pass from her time, the 6th century into the far future---Adam's time in the 20th century. At first he views the vivacious Brid as a marvelous playmate, but when she initiates him into the pleasures of sexual love, he is smitten--at least for while. As Adam matures, he leaves his home village and sad childhood to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. His life moves onto other women, marriage and children of his own. However, Brid does not move on, she is still the young and beautiful Druidess who defies her family and her religious traditions to pursue Alan across the boundaries of time. Her obsession is all-encompassing; she lets nothing stop her from getting back into Alan's life and to control him in the only way she can--in his bed. Brid's melancholy and frustration is uniquely portrayed by Erskine--indeed it permeates the tone of the entire story.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "judithb" on June 2, 2000
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In her list of books, Barbara Erskine has mastered the art of using an item, a place or a person as a catalyst for a journey between the present time and the past. In this title, a Celtic stone cross in the Scottish highlands is the portal through which fourteen year old Adam meets Brid, a girl from sixth century who is training as a Druid priestess. But just as Adam can enter the sixth century, Brid can enter the 20th, and there a 50 year nightmare begins for Adam and his loved ones.
This is quite different from Barbara Erskine's other books, which basically follow the theme of a fairly normal modern day person finding themselves transported to another time. Here a dark entity comes into this time. 'On the Edge of Darkness' explores some rather disturbing emotional problems. Adam's father is such a complete religious fanatic he drives away his wife, and his son lives a sad, lonely and emotionally battered life. Brid forms such an obsessive attachment to Adam that her jealousy knows no bounds. The emotional void in which this leaves Adam's wife is dreadful.
If you are a fan of stories of the past and present colliding, which I certainly am, you could do a lot worse than reading this book. On the way, you will get to explore some dark areas of the human pysche - areas I would rather read about than live through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2003
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This was an excellent edition to my collection of Barbara Erskine tales.
Adam is a troubled 14-year old in the Scottish Highlands when he meets Brid and they become friends. What he doesn't know is she is a Druid from many centuries ago. They become even closer as the years pass, eventually becoming lovers. As Adam gets older and moves on with his life, going away to school and getting married, Brid is confused and consumed with jealousy that she has been abandoned. Her curse follows Adam's family for two generations until it is broken by Adam's granddaughter.
This tale wasn't as creepy as other novels by this auther (House of Echoes or Midnight is a Lonely Place) but it had a very compelling supernatural element. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, its wonderful imagery, characters I grew to love (or, in Brid's case, sympathize with) and the sense of romance in both the location and the relationships.
If you're an Erskine fan already you are in for a treat and if not, this is a great book to get hooked...
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