Book Review: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Jessie Cole

I heard author Jessie Cole speak at the 2013 Literati on the Gold Coast and bought the ebook version of her book on the strength of what she had said.

At first I was afraid the subject matter might be too heavy for me, but it wasn’t. To explain, Jessie’s book begins with her main character, Vince, finding a young woman carrying her dead baby on the road outside his house after she has flipped and rolled her car.

A collector of all things injured, soft-hearted Vince extends a helping hand and thereby becomes embroiled in the complicated and mysterious life of Rachel, the young mother of the dead baby.

I read this book in one night, unable to put it down. From the first page to the last I just HAD to know what happened next.
Jessie has been the recipient of a number of residencies and it’s not hard to see why.

A gripping tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Author: Jessie Cole
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 9780730493853

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