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On the Edge of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jun 1999

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006479286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006479284
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,771,942 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

From the Publisher

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.

Praise for Barbara Erskine:

'Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell' Frank Delaney

'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 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.
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This is a paranormal tale similar to some of Phil Rickman's stand alones. I was reluctant to buy it at first because the main plot relies heavily on time travel but the Scottish setting and druidic tradition lured me into buying it; if you expect this to be similar to Diana Gabaldan's sagas then you will be disappointed there is very little depth to the Pictish interludes of the novel, suprising as the author is a historian.

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.
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This was the first Erskine book that I read, and it is amazing. Ever since reading this novel I have bought all of Erskine's books.
'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! :)
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It took me a while on my first reading to realise that a part of me was enjoying this book - while the rest was chilled and uneasy!

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!
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Have to admit that this book put me off Barbara Erskine for ages. It was repetitive to the point where I just wanted to rip my eyes out. In the end I only finished the book to satisfy myself that I wasn't missing anything. Brid is one annoying psycho and Adam is just a wet blanket who I just didn't give two hoots about in the end. Read this book a while ago but it has stuck in the memory as being one of the worst yet. My advice is: don't waste your money. Erskine has written far better, as in fact have many other authors in this genre.
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By A Customer on 18 Aug. 1999
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I had been looking forward to this book after reading the House of Echos, but was fairly disappointed with the result. It did start off well but became more and more tedious as the story progressed, because what little did happen was SO obvious and predictable. Even the ending was boring, although this may well have been because I just didn't care anymore.
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