Virginia KressSee All Reviews
The Edge of the Earth
Christina Schwartz, highly recognized author Drowning Ruth, has created, in my humble opinion, another masterpiece. While definitely dark and at times fairly disturbing, Scwartz has crafted a tense story with clearly defined characters. Her ability to capture a sense of place is unsurpassed. Set shortly before the turn of the 20th century, The Edge of the Earth entices the reader to explore the haunting existence of life at a lighthouse off the Northern California coast. Trudy, a well-educated young Milwaukee woman accustomed to the finer things in life is preordained to marry the stable but boring Ernst. Naturally she is undeniably drawn to his ne’er do well, idealistic cousin Oskar and is soon married to him and being whisked off to the wilds of the forbidding island.
Upon their arrival at St. Lucia, which is nothing more than an isolated mass of jagged rocks separated from the main land by miles of ocean; Trudy and Oscar find themselves essentially at the mercy of the formidable and secretive Crawley family. Trudy first begins to realize that this island holds many secrets and that these buried histories when finally uncovered, lead certain characters to bizarre and unpredictable behavior.