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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Sue Ellen and her uncle Gene were fishing when they found the body of their friend, Mary Lynn, with a sewing machine weighing her down. No one really cared that the girl was dead; they all seemed to think it was a bother. Sue Ellen and her friends, Jinx and Terry, along with Sue Ellen’s mother, dug up the body and burned it. The four set out on a journey to Hollywood, along with Mary Lynn’s ashes and a jar filled with stolen money. Skunk, an evil killer, was hot on their trail. The man was obviously a sociopath. Their journey was beset with danger.
"Edge of Dark Water" is a beautiful blend of adventure, horror, and suspense. This review is on the audio version. I was captured from the moment I began to listen. The plot is character-driven. What characters the author has created! The story is narrated by Sue Ellen. It is easy to pick up on her quick wit and sarcastic manner. This book actually had a wee bit of humor woven into it. Much of the humor comes from Sue Ellen’s descriptive comments. It is subtle humor and southern humor. Southerners will understand what I mean. Jinx is a black teen with a major attitude. Terry is rumored to be a homosexual. Sue Ellen’s mother is an alcoholic. Skunk is hard to describe; he wore a dead bird and severed hands tied to his hat. "Edge of Dark Water" is one of the best books I have listened to in quite some time. Angéle Masters perfectly mastered the accent. She moved back and forth through the characters smoothly. The sound quality is very nice. I will be looking for more books by Joe Lansdale.