Dancing Near The Edge

A psychological thriller with an edge

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
110 Pages
Reviewed on 07/19/2018
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

Could you imagine your wife or husband suggesting, out of the blue, that the two of you should have an “open relationship”, enjoying sexual flings with no guilt and only 3 conditions, one of which is not to discuss your current hookup? That’s what Julia drops on her totally unprepared, hardworking and successful husband, Peter, to take the ordinariness out of their marriage. Peter never quite agrees but as this novella progresses, he finds himself in two outside relationships. The first, with an erotic novelist, Danielle, is a one-time fling, at least that’s how he sees it. Unfortunately such is not the case for Danielle, who by the time she’s written her latest book based on Peter, has fallen in love with and lust for her protagonist. Danielle wants more, much more, and won’t allow Julia or Peter’s second lover, Clare, to get in her way. And this is when Dancing Near the Edge begins to take on its thriller edge, almost halfway through the book.

This story is described as “a psychological thriller with an edge,” but I’d be more inclined to say it’s thriller romance with a psychological edge. With a scenario like that, author Rose D. Franklyn could have taken this story in several thriller directions. Well, because it’s a short story, Franklyn wraps it up quickly and neatly. It might not be what you expected, but I’m not going to spoil your enjoyment by telling you what happens. Rose D. Franklyn writes with ease, with realistic dialogue, and without in-depth characterization and long descriptions. There is no graphic sexuality as the focus is more on the psychology of the relationships and the plot itself. A good 'evening by the fire' read. Grab the hot chocolate and enjoy!

Kai Lyon-Villiger

I got up this morning to go to the bathroom. On my way I stumbled into my office to check the mail. Rose D. Franklyn's novella, ''dancing near the edge,'' had arrived and was to be read at the cottage later. I casually opened it to the first page...and never made it to the bathroom. From the first sentence, stating that it was the fragile heroine's dog that had found the body, I was hooked and read it in one gulp. Franklyn tackles the modern and evidently quite popular concept of ''open marriage.'' Like faith unfaithful kept them falsely true. She describes the reaction of the faithful, traditional, and rich husband whose public-service wife suddenly informs him that she wants to, and they must both now consider their marriage an open relationship or open partnership, in which they both give each other knowingly the freedom to have other partners, more particularly, other sexual partners, essentially to enrich their own marriage. Naturally, this conflicts with the conventional expectations of a relationship and the moral concepts of a busy and loving husband, the scion of an old and respected, established family, but he goes along. Franklyn does not judge. She just describes their trials and tribulations, highs and lows, but then continues the development of an open marriage to its logical end. Read it. It is a masterly and accomplished tale, skillfully told.