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A mysterious girl who wont speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown originstrange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather,  Becca is A mysterious girl who won’t speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown origin—strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather,  Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts. As secrets of past and present are revealed,  Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers,  and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one. Acclaimed author Elizabeth George brings her extraordinary talents to this intriguing story that blends mystery and  myth.


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A mysterious girl who wont speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown originstrange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather,  Becca is A mysterious girl who won’t speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown origin—strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather,  Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts. As secrets of past and present are revealed,  Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers,  and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one. Acclaimed author Elizabeth George brings her extraordinary talents to this intriguing story that blends mystery and  myth.

30 review for The Edge of the Water

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Okay there were definitely flaws in this one. But it was such a joy to have a quick fast paced read. Part of that is because it's a book two and there's no reason to set the scene. And part of it because it's a book 2 but it's not just a longer version of book 1. Obviously there's a selkie in this one, which is pretty clear from almost page one. And there's more than one pov character. And lots of confusion. And there's change and growth and it didn't have to continue in the obvious path with Okay there were definitely flaws in this one. But it was such a joy to have a quick fast paced read. Part of that is because it's a book two and there's no reason to set the scene. And part of it because it's a book 2 but it's not just a longer version of book 1. Obviously there's a selkie in this one, which is pretty clear from almost page one. And there's more than one pov character. And lots of confusion. And there's change and growth and it didn't have to continue in the obvious path with Becca's stepdad. What I didn't appreciate was people telling other people who they were and apparently them being right. Maybe that happens but it felt hard to accept. Going back to Whidbey if only in a book was still a plus. 3.5 of 5.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maisy_Day23

    I love how the author gave different point of views throughout the entire story. That way readers can get a look at what's going on in the lives of the other characters instead of just the main one. I didn't expect the twist of Jenn's thoughts and emotions on her sexuality, but I think it touched the book in a thoughtful and diverse way. Annie though, gosh! What the heck is wrong with that girl?! She is all sorts of messed up in the head. If I didn't know better, I would say that she got fumed I love how the author gave different point of views throughout the entire story. That way readers can get a look at what's going on in the lives of the other characters instead of just the main one. I didn't expect the twist of Jenn's thoughts and emotions on her sexuality, but I think it touched the book in a thoughtful and diverse way. Annie though, gosh! What the heck is wrong with that girl?! She is all sorts of messed up in the head. If I didn't know better, I would say that she got fumed with that oil spill ages ago and it made her mental, but clearly she was just born this messed up! Annie had, what we call an "open relationship" except their not really dating more than one person, their just fooling around with other peoples emotions and private parts! That is not ok, and does not make fucking around with a guy (when your a lesbian "more or less") and screwing around with his feelings ok! Nor is it ok to come on to a 15 year old girl when she's like, what? In her 30's! That's child molestation! This girl is crazy and should be put in jail! But anyway! This was a great book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

  3. 5 out of 5

    adithi

    ew

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna Bubolz

    Review I liked this book overall. If there was one thing I'd change it would have more action. I knew that Becca and Jen would become friends in the first book because you can't possibly hate someone that much for no apartment reason. I was also pleased to find out that Becca did tell Diana about her whispers. Plot The plot of this book was about Nera. Nera is a jet black seal. It comes to Whidbey Island every year and this year is special because a marine biologist is trying to figure out what Review I liked this book overall. If there was one thing I'd change it would have more action. I knew that Becca and Jen would become friends in the first book because you can't possibly hate someone that much for no apartment reason. I was also pleased to find out that Becca did tell Diana about her whispers. Plot The plot of this book was about Nera. Nera is a jet black seal. It comes to Whidbey Island every year and this year is special because a marine biologist is trying to figure out what Nera is. On the side Becca's whispers are coming in full sentences and she can read people's minds better. Her and Derrics relationship is crumbling and they break up. In the end most secrets are revealed which is nice. Recommendations I would recommend this book to people in highschool. This book doesn't have much foul language but it is a high school setting so a middle schooler shouldn't read this. I think girls would appreciate this book more than the males because it did have mushy romance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    Omg I finally finished... I started this book in July 2014 and had it sitting on my desk forever unfinished. I never really could get into it. Today I put my foot down. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it too. I'm giving this sequel 2 stars. In the first book 'The Edge of Nowhere', we meet Becca a 15 year old girl from San Diego. We find out Becca's step father has killed his business partner. So Becca and her mom make a run for it. Fear that they will be killed as well. In their Omg I finally finished... I started this book in July 2014 and had it sitting on my desk forever unfinished. I never really could get into it. Today I put my foot down. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it too. I'm giving this sequel 2 stars. In the first book 'The Edge of Nowhere', we meet Becca a 15 year old girl from San Diego. We find out Becca's step father has killed his business partner. So Becca and her mom make a run for it. Fear that they will be killed as well. In their haste to hide, Becca's mother drops her off at Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington. Tell's her she'll be staying with a friend and she'll come back for her soon. The first book was great. A bit of mystery. A little bit of paranormal abilities. This second book was all over the place. There are so many subplots going on. The main mystery of this sequel was just weird. It would have been great if this supernatural story line was a continuation from the first book. The first 250 pages were so slow. The build up dragged. The secondary characters took too much time away from the main plot. I was not impressed. I think this is a trilogy, wish is unfortunate. I of course want to see what happens to Becca in the end, but maybe not this year.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Elizabeth George's YA books have left me disappointed. I am a big fan of her adult mysteries, but it seems like she is trying too hard to break into the YA market by hitting all the teen check boxes, i.e. mind reading, fantasy, young love angst, bully become friend, oh, let's though in a little mythology in there too. It's too much. She should of just stayed with the straight mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Loved this book read it in one day! Loved this book— read it in one day!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This sequel definitely wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. It's been a while since I read the first book and I'm sure it had its flaws but I loved it. It's one of those books that have stuck with me ever since I finished it. This book, however, I can't say left much of an impression. It was a little hard to read through to be perfectly honest and I think it's primarily because it seems so vastly different from what was presented in the first book. The first book was suspenseful story about a This sequel definitely wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped. It's been a while since I read the first book and I'm sure it had its flaws but I loved it. It's one of those books that have stuck with me ever since I finished it. This book, however, I can't say left much of an impression. It was a little hard to read through to be perfectly honest and I think it's primarily because it seems so vastly different from what was presented in the first book. The first book was suspenseful story about a girl out to keep herself from her dangerous step father with a little supernatural power for extra measure. With this book it was like the author didn't know what to do because after this book she has one more to write - which is a shame because I think this all would have done well with just two books rather than the overused trilogy formula - so she had to come up with something and this is it. First off, this story just comes off as an outright mess. You have Jenn's perspective, Becca's perspective, and Derrick's perspective. All of this seems so wildly different from one another it was hard to see how in the world they were connected. Even when they finally came together - well, at least Jenn's and Becca's did - it still seemed utterly confusing with a rushed ending to explain how everyone is connected to this one seal. I'm all for varying perspectives but it could have been written much neater than it was in this book. Jenn's perspective was the only perspective that remained interesting throughout the entire book. I don't remember her from the first book which irritated me a little but I was okay with going along with it. Jenn herself is a little tiring in how outright antagonistic she is and her home life didn't seem so bad to justify her behavior but I got use to her fast enough. At least her side of the story was going somewhere. Becca, who was the only character I really was invested in, seemed to have very little to do in this story and until way into the middle half her perspective is very dull. It felt like her story, which was all the first book was about, was being shunted aside for this less interesting mystery about a seal. I will say, though, that at least she didn't spend her time moping about Derrick. That would only have made it worse. Derrick's perspective was useless. Really, the author could have cut all the chapters from his POV and the story would not have been impacted at all. It was like she was dying to keep him relevant but had no real way of doing so. I feel like his perspective could have been compelling: He is part of a very small minority on an island populated by mostly whites and he has a hard time reconciling his life in the States and his life in Uganda. All of this would have been a unique story line to follow, one we don't see enough of in YA literature. What does the author focus on? Sex. He wants to have it but when he does it wasn't what he expected. It read like some cautionary tale a Christian youth group would give to its students. Somehow this all ties into his struggle with identity but to me it was a flat story about not knowing whether you really want to sleep with someone or not. What does this have to do with Uganda? What does this have to do with Derrick as an actual person with a huge identity crisis? Nothing. Nothing at all. I'd say it was the chapters about Derrick that made reading this a chore. I see a lot of people don't know what to think about the seal and that's because really there's no one way to feel about it. It comes completely out of left field. Suddenly everything it about this seal, even the characters themselves constantly talk about why everything is about this seal. It's an unusual seal, the book says over and over. That's because it's a selkie which seems so out of place with everything that has been given to the reader so far. Suddenly we have magic seals. Why? How does this impact the overall story which, if you've forgotten in all this, is Becca trying to hide out from her stepdad? I don't even know the answer to that myself. I don't think I've been so mad about a sequel in my life. I wanted to like it but it just didn't go with the first book at all. It's such a shift in focus and direction that it's hard to tolerate. I've never seen a bunch of characters who just don't know anything about themselves, about the people around them, about where they're going. Every character arc felt like it ended up with, "IDK, I guess I'll figure out at some point." If this is suppose to represent teens then it's kind of off the mark. I think real teenagers know a lot more about themselves than this book will lead you to believe. I don't know if I'll bother with the third book and if I do it will only be to see how everything turns out with Becca's stepfather. I'm certainly hoping there won't be another ridiculous plot about seals or some out of place nonsense.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book continues the story begun by author George, in The Edge of Nowhere. Becca King is now living in a treehouse provided by Seth. She still remains in hiding from her stepfather. She and Derric are officially a couple, but Derric is having trouble with the secrets and the Seth thing. What are they to each other? Why can't Derric know the secrets Seth knows? This eventually leads to a breakup and to Derric taking up with Courtney, high school "it" girl. On a side note, Jenn McDaniels, sworn This book continues the story begun by author George, in The Edge of Nowhere. Becca King is now living in a treehouse provided by Seth. She still remains in hiding from her stepfather. She and Derric are officially a couple, but Derric is having trouble with the secrets and the Seth thing. What are they to each other? Why can't Derric know the secrets Seth knows? This eventually leads to a breakup and to Derric taking up with Courtney, high school "it" girl. On a side note, Jenn McDaniels, sworn Becca enemy, is trying to get ready for soccer tryouts that will allow her to make a team that will give her a chance at a scholarship so that she can get off the island and go to school. Those plans are derailed when Annie Taylor, marine biologist PhD student shows up and ropes Jenn into helping. Annie's interest is a seal named Nera that returns yearly to the area and is all black. She wants to prove it's a new kind of seal or a genetic mutation so that her thesis will be star material. Jenn and Annie develop a loose but stressed relationship. Annie is very different and Jenn finally learns why when Annie reveals that she is bisexual and has a girlfriend back home. This eventually leads to Jenn questioning her own sexuality; or rather, it being questioned for her by Annie. In the end Jenn is still questioning. Plus Jenn is curious about the strange mute woman who has shown up. Where'd she come from? Another side story: Derric and Courtney take up with each other after Derric and Becca call it quits. Their relationship is fraught with DESIRE from the beginning. They both find it increasingly difficult to keep their hands off each other and remain celibate. Derric is struggling because he wants intimacy to feel right and be with the right person; Courtney because her faith requires celibacy. In the end the pair do indeed have intercourse. Derric is unsettled by the whole experience but Courtney believes in cements their relationship for all time. Yet another side note: Becca has begun working for/with Ivar Thorndyke and Sharla Mann. This couple co-habitats but are not involved with each other. Right away, Becca feels that something is off about these two. Ivar knows something interesting about the seal that Annie Taylor is so interested in. And he is bound and determined to keep everyone away from the seal. Through her "whispering" detection, Becca also learns that Sharla is keeping secrets as well. When she locates baby clothes in an old trunk her imagination goes wild. Then there's Eddie, the local loon. Becca encounters him with Diana Kinsale, out on the beach, with a rifle, vowing to "kill her." Neither Becca or Diana know who "her" is. Eddie continues to act erratically throughout the novel. There are several other plots going on as well. None of them come together really well in the end. Readers learn that the mute woman is the daughter of Nera the seal. Both women are selkies. The Derric/Courtney sideline didn't add anything to the story. The Annie/Jenn sexuality issues didn't add anything either. I felt like there was a good story in there somewhere, but George never quite got there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debra Daniels-zeller

    I had to throw the towel in on this second book in the author's young adult Whidbey Island series. Maybe it's me but it seemed like characters were stereotypes and the dialogue felt forced. Would Jenn, a poor girl really set up an obstacle course that included a toilet seat? Also I didn't get why this book started first with the seal Cilla and then with Jenn McDaniels and not Becca King the protagonist of the first book in this series. Becca didn't appear until chapter 3. Also it felt like too I had to throw the towel in on this second book in the author's young adult Whidbey Island series. Maybe it's me but it seemed like characters were stereotypes and the dialogue felt forced. Would Jenn, a poor girl really set up an obstacle course that included a toilet seat? Also I didn't get why this book started first with the seal Cilla and then with Jenn McDaniels and not Becca King the protagonist of the first book in this series. Becca didn't appear until chapter 3. Also it felt like too many stories going on--the black seal, Becca's step dad, Becca's on again offf again relationship with Derrick, Derrik's relationship with his sister he left behind in Africa, Derick's relationship with Courtney, the Bible-toting girl who likes to do everything but intercourse, Jenn's budding sexuality, sexting, bullying. I gave up when Annie, the woman who came to study the black seal, donned a thong swimming suit and her nipples poked out and she stared openly at Jenn as she undressed. It seemed predatory,uncomfortable and out of place. What was the premise of this book?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steve Wilson

    This is a book received through Goodreads First reads. This novel appears directed to a young adult market and I would describe it best as a mystery novel which operates at several levels. While the main mystery and story line revolves around an unusual seal (NERA)who shows up annually at a small coastal line, mysteries and secrets are also part of the make up of each of the main characters involved in the book. The strength of the book lies in its character development and witty dialogue. The This is a book received through Goodreads First reads. This novel appears directed to a young adult market and I would describe it best as a mystery novel which operates at several levels. While the main mystery and story line revolves around an unusual seal (NERA)who shows up annually at a small coastal line, mysteries and secrets are also part of the make up of each of the main characters involved in the book. The strength of the book lies in its character development and witty dialogue. The story itself holds a reader's attention although I was somewhat disappointed (surprised) at the resolution of the mystery of the seal. This part of the story seemed too gimmicky and too contrived for my liking. Still a solid and enjoyable read from start to finish.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This little series by Elizabeth George is one of my summer guilty pleasures. While the writing isn't as good as in some of her other books, I enjoy the odd abilities of Becca (she can hear the whispers we think in our heads) and Diana Kinsale (she touches people and has visions). And Jenn has really come into her own, too! Without giving too much away, the novel is set on an island off the Washington state coast, where Becca uses her unusual talents (as well as the library and her brain) to This little series by Elizabeth George is one of my summer guilty pleasures. While the writing isn't as good as in some of her other books, I enjoy the odd abilities of Becca (she can hear the whispers we think in our heads) and Diana Kinsale (she touches people and has visions). And Jenn has really come into her own, too! Without giving too much away, the novel is set on an island off the Washington state coast, where Becca uses her unusual talents (as well as the library and her brain) to discover the secret behind a coal black seal that keeps returning to the shores of this tiny town.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    If I hadn't won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, I don't think I would have read it. I must say it was very disappointing. The overall plot of this novel was messy and it felt like it was out of place and irrelevant. I don't even know where to begin on the characters...I guess I just didn't find them interesting at all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharneel

    Being an avid Elizabeth George fan, I was stunned to read this book. I would never have thought she was the author of this book. The characters are not nearly as well drawn and seem to lack depth. The storyline is very YA in nature and more than a bit superficial. What a disappointment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Geeroms

    Although the first book was okay and realistic, this one is really far-streched and completely exaggerated. Absurd even!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I really enjoyed the novel, The Edge of the Water. Honestly, to simply tell what it is about would not do it justice. Umm, so these teens live on this island in the Northwest, and there is this seal that keeps visiting every year. The whole town is obsessed with the seal. Some want to protect it at all costs, some want to kill it, and some want to exploit it. This type of plot is normally not my cup of tea (I mean seals??), but throw in a love triangle, a poor girl trying to find her way out of I really enjoyed the novel, The Edge of the Water. Honestly, to simply tell what it is about would not do it justice. Umm, so these teens live on this island in the Northwest, and there is this seal that keeps visiting every year. The whole town is obsessed with the seal. Some want to protect it at all costs, some want to kill it, and some want to exploit it. This type of plot is normally not my cup of tea (I mean seals??), but throw in a love triangle, a poor girl trying to find her way out of a dead end town, grown ups behaving badly and some with secrets too painful to share, and a girl with paranormal powers; and the characters drove the story and made me wonder, "What is up with that seal?" and "When will I figure out how all this connects?". My only disappointment is that this is book two in a series, which I did not realize. This didn't hinder my understanding or enjoyment, but I wonder if I know too much to go back to read number 1 and still be surprised with the plot twists. I do plan on check out the next book in the saga! I think both male and female students will enjoy this book as it follows numerous different teen character points of view.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donnie McDow

    a friend sent me all 4 of this series-i just finished this one-i'm enjoying the story aside from the d'you, c'nyou, i'cn, c'n i come in? what i don't like is the way being a lesbian is talked about-i am gay-grew up in a small town where i didn't even know what that meant but was was always drawn to beautiful women-before i even know about sex. you don't have to 'test it out' by kissing or something-just like a straight woman or man knows...you're attracted to someone and that makes you 'want to a friend sent me all 4 of this series-i just finished this one-i'm enjoying the story aside from the d'you, c'nyou, i'cn, c'n i come in? what i don't like is the way being a lesbian is talked about-i am gay-grew up in a small town where i didn't even know what that meant but was was always drawn to beautiful women-before i even know about sex. you don't have to 'test it out' by kissing or something-just like a straight woman or man knows...you're attracted to someone and that makes you 'want to kiss them' or be with them and daydream about them-there is 'no testing'...you ARE or you ARE NOT gay. people who think IT'S A CHOICE-NO, IT'S NOT or i'd have chosen to be straight. the only choice when you're gay is deciding not to be in a relationship but you're still gay. i hope this helps someone-it's the truth.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Interesting plot.... Characters are getting more defined... A mysterious girl who wont speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown originstrange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Interesting plot.... Characters are getting more defined... A mysterious girl who won’t speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown origin—strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events. But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather, Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts. As secrets of past and present are revealed, Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers, and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Lamont

    Really enjoyed this book/am enjoying this series. That said, I want to complain about how a certain _major_ plot point was dealt with outside of/in between books one and two. But I can't do so without spoiling things for everyone else. Nor can I point out to myself and others how ridiculous it is that I would get so annoyed by something like that while on the other hand totally accepting the (nearly) unbelievable as so wonderfully depicted by Ms George. I wonder what surprises she has in store Really enjoyed this book/am enjoying this series. That said, I want to complain about how a certain _major_ plot point was dealt with outside of/in between books one and two. But I can't do so without spoiling things for everyone else. Nor can I point out to myself and others how ridiculous it is that I would get so annoyed by something like that while on the other hand totally accepting the (nearly) unbelievable as so wonderfully depicted by Ms George. I wonder what surprises she has in store for me next!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    What the hell did I just read? And apparently the world is full of adults who are totally okay with a homeless teenager. And from the last book, a truant homeless teenager. This book was kind of a series of side stories about other characters and a seal. Becca was hardly the main character. How has she been abandoned by her mother for 6 months and isnt concerned? Merely lonely? Also, the author seems determined to give her readers body weight issues. All the main character does is talk about how What the hell did I just read? And apparently the world is full of adults who are totally okay with a homeless teenager. And from the last book, a truant homeless teenager. This book was kind of a series of side stories about other characters and a seal. Becca was hardly the main character. How has she been abandoned by her mother for 6 months and isn’t concerned? Merely lonely? Also, the author seems determined to give her readers body weight issues. All the main character does is talk about how fat she used to be and how skinny and great looking she is now.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I have never read anything by this author and did enjoy the book. The characters were well developed and you did get to know them. In my case to the point of really disliking one or two, liking a few and being intrigued by others. The myth of Nera, the black seal, is at the center of the story but it does delve into the lives of the main characters to an extent which always makes for a better read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angelic Crocker

    I liked the first book better in this series. However, I liked that this book was an easy fast read. Elizabeth George has a way with her characters, where you just want to know what is going to happen with them. However, the ending of this story is stupid. Really. I can handle some mind-reading, but really a seal?... Didn't like the end of this story. At all. I am curious to see how the third one will play out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars. I, again, really enjoyed the coming of age part of this book, but the "magical" bits were too much for me this time. The first book didn't have as many, and I liked it more for that. I still am interested in reading the rest of the series, but only if they take out the extra strange magic bits.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    3.5 stars At first I wasn't too sure about this book. There was quite a bit of teen angst which is something that I normally don't like, but it was handled very well. I liked how we got good insight and development for several characters. The author then brought them together and finished the story on a strong note. I am looking forward to the next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Notbohm

    Wonderfully atmospheric Pacific Northwest setting. Four stars because the paranormal element came late in the book and was too fleeting. I found myself rethinking the story in my imagination, had the mythology been woven through more of the book. For me, it would have added richness and connection, but George is a great author and this is a gritty and compelling story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Why is this so much about sex with only a side of paranormal? Sigh :( Not as young-adulty as I was expecting although there was plenty of angst. It was alright, very mysterious, I still plan on reading the next one out of curiosity so I guess that speaks for itself. also, (view spoiler)[ Cilla the seal lol (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the second of a series of young adult novels that are set on Whidbey Island. The story deals with themes that would be more of interest to a younger reader but I enjoy picturing the sites on Whidbey that I recognize now that I am spending more time there.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Burgess

    Don't get me wrong I loved the book and the character development is just phenomenal; I just don't really understand why the whole book revolved around a seal. I thought the series was about Becca, not the secrets of the island.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Harris

    Great series I've been a fan of the Detective Lynley series for years. I lucked into the Whidbey Island Saga and have been enjoying the characters and Elizabeth George's writing style.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I love Elizabeth George's adult books, so I picked this up out of curiosity. Obviously very different from her other novels that I was used to reading, and she skillfully weaves a tale of relationships and supernatural events and powers that is more complex and indepth than most YA novels.

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