Hammer-headed, heart-buster of a novel
The first reviews of Sharp Edges are starting to trickle in. Here’s one of them, and it’s a good one too!
Jay Heale from Bookchat had this to say…
SHARP EDGES by S A Partridge (Human & Rousseau 2013)
This is a story of teenage turmoil. Do not expect a clear, coherent storyline: teenagers don’t live like that. Something has happened in the Cederberg – something that all were involved in and all are ashamed of. The story jumps around impulsively as the teens ignore advice, defy parents, send SMSs that say only half of what was intended, risk entanglements. Above all they hope – stupidly, wildly, even dangerously.
The climax of the story has happened before we meet it. Instead, we meet the muddled agonised reactions of those involved – blaming, hating, regretting. Most of the book is set around such reassuring places as Rondebosch Common, though we know that somewhere in the mountains something awaits and attracts – not as massive as a Glastonbury festival but just as potent for the half dozen teenagers we know about. Poetically and horribly, we follow the effects of drug over-dosing. It’s a hammer-headed, heart-buster of a novel. May those who thrill to the excitement and tension realise that it is also flashing a warning as glaring as any paramedic vehicle. The writing is complex, woven, multi-faceted, clever. Here is an author finding the power of words and possibly scared of what she has let loose. There is very little comfort here – but boy (or girl!) it is irresistibly readable. [T]