On the Edge of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 1999
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‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’
‘Fascinating and chilling’
‘Readers of Barbara Erskine are held in thrall’
‘A novel to get tucked into’
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The exciting new novel by the author of Lady of Hay
A compelling story of a woman trapped in the wrong time, and a powerful, deadly curse that haunts three generations without mercy...
Adam Craig is fourteen when, near an isolated Celtic stone in the wild Scottish Highlands, he meets Brid, whose exotic, gypsy-like dress and strange attitudes fascinate him. They become friends and, in time, passionate lovers. She leads him, unsuspecting, into the sixth century where - training as a Druid priestess - she has mastered their ancient mysteries and powerful, dangerous magic.
In her obsession with Adam, Brid is seen as a traitor by her people, only escaping death by following Adam to Edinburgh when he leaves home to study medicine.
As the years pass, Adam makes new friends, and finds new love. But Brid, consumed by jealousy, haunts him like an evil shadow until, fifty years on, Adam's granddaughter, Beth, helps him discover the secret that will free them from the terror of Brid's curse.
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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 Brid, a girl 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 to mount, as she seeks to tear him asunder from all whom he holds dear.Read more ›
Adam Craig is a young Scottish boy growing up in the Highlands, the son of a severe Prebyterian minister in the twenties. Adam's life is shattered when his mother leaves his austere father; Adam begins to wander the hills to escape his misery and becomes fascinated by an ancient pictish cross. When he meets wild and beautiful Brid (pronounced Breed) he spends as much time with her as possible passing off her strange language, superstition and feudal way of life as her being the child of tinkers.
Brid though is of another time, she is a priestess in training and when Adam eventually moves on with his life leaving her behind; a dark obsession is spawned that stretches through the centuries between them and casts a dark curse over 50 years of Adam's life.
What makes this shine as a novel is the wonderfully written characters; no-one in Adam's life is safe from Brid's obsessive possession and the tension of the novel works because you care about these people and worry for their safety. Where this novel falls down is that the airy-fairy mysticism never feels fully grounded and some of the explanations can be confusing. Once the novel progresses post war to Adam's life as a young doctor raising a family the sparkle of the novel seems to dim, as we enter into the sixties and beyond.Read more ›
'On The Edge Of Darkness' is a truly eye-opening book, which provides suspense, magic and mystery, as well as love. It sends the reader through a whole range of emotions, for the first time whilst reading a novel I was actually shocked when events happened as it was never what I was expecting.
A real thrill ride, definatly worth buying! :)
I think it's one of BE's best books, leading the reader into a tangle of emotions, and unclear who the "villian" of the story is. That's open for debate, depending on your sympathies. See what you think, yourself!