- File Size: 1432 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 18, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L46GROM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,203,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Living on the Knife's Edge Kindle Edition
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Reading this story is like listening to a good storyteller relate a true story about real people doing the best they can with the worthless cards they’re dealt in life. I’ve known someone like Molly. And I’ve known someone like Beth. To my knowledge, I haven’t been around a well-meaning, but inept young psychologist like Adam. Thankfully, the story ends on a hopeful, if somewhat surprising note.
I enjoy David Rose’s stories. You can feel the heart in them.
Living on the Knife's edge is a beautifully crafted story. David Rose doesn't shy away from the painful aspects of life; instead he leads us past heartbreak and into true love.
My one regret about reading this story was that I finished it so quickly. I wish there was more.
Beth begins her downward slope early in her teens, critical events leading her on a downward spiral from which there appears to be no recovery. After her mother’s inability to cope with her daughter’s behavior, the state steps in with characteristic inhumanity. Matters then begin to get more complicated, as the psychologist on duty departs from the straight and narrow and Beth begins to come to terms with who she is.
Living on the Knife’s Edge is an eloquently written story, although with a distinctive accent that fixes its setting in present-day London. I thoroughly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an objective and non-reciprocal review.
I could totally empathise with both Molly and Beth; they were both the victims of circumstance and Beth's hatred of her mum and herself always seemed like a cry for help. Throughout I felt that their relationship would survive. Adam, on other hand, although the doctor, seemed more vulnerable and unstable and there were elements of his character and actions that I found hard to like. In real life, relationships are complex and often have the most unlikely outcomes and that is also true of this story. There is a lot packed into this short story and, for me, perhaps,the space was too constrained for the psychological reasoning and background to be explored fully enough. I am sure this would make a superb full length book with more time for the characters to develop their relationships with one another, rather than the 'snapshot' style a short story necessarily demands.
This is the second story I have read by this author. The first, Dragonfire, is punchy and entirely suited to the short story format.
The author shows real versatility, I would be quite happy to return for more!
*I was given a copy of this work in exchange for an honest, non - reciprocal review*
"Living on the Knife's Edge" centers around Beth. Beth, or Bet as she's later referred to, is a teenage girl on a path to destruction after a traumatic event.
This event sends her into a downward spiral of shame, degradation, and drugs. Eventually landing her in rehab where a young counselor discovers a connection with her and her mother.
This connection draws him into her world, and eventually into the middle of Beth's struggles.
David does an absolutely wonderful job of telling a concise, deep story in just a little time. Even though this is a short story, you are taken on a thrilling ride that keeps you wondering what's coming next.
I feel the opportunity for an emotional connection may have been missed a bit, but David makes up for that with a fast paced perpetually moving story that leaves you both satisfied and wanting more.
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a non-reciprocal review.