By Barbara Lakey

Clocktower Fiction (http://www.clocktowerfiction.com)
Available in RocketEdition electronic format May, 2000
Available in print format September, 2000

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

I don't have a little eBook reader, and probably wouldn't recognize one if it dropped out of the sky and landed in my lap. Still, if you have one, you can order this book right now and not have to wait until it is available in print. If you're like me, technologically challenged, then you will have to wait for a couple more weeks before you can buy a printed copy.

Before I make any comments about the book, let me remind you or warn you that this book is "R" rated due to "graphic violence, adult language, and graphic sexual content."

But don't let that deter you, if you enjoy psychological thrillers.

Over the years, I've become pretty jaded about some of the thrillers being published. Very few writers are bringing any freshness to the tales. Part way through a book, I'll get the feeling that this book is a lot like that book, which was a lot like several other books...and I'll toss it aside, unfinished. Not so, with SPIRIT OF THE STRAIGHT EDGE. I've read this book three times in the past week. I didn't mean to read it so many times, I just get hooked whenever I open it up to refresh my mind about a passage while trying to write this review. (This would make one hell of a movie!)

SPIRIT OF THE STRAIGHT EDGE starts off with a brutal and horrific crime that changes the lives of everyone involved. When the authorities fail to apprehend the criminal, Elsie, the protagonist, searches alone for vengeance or justice.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that SPIRIT OF THE STRAIGHT EDGE is well written, (that's an understatment), has well developed and complex characters, and a storyline that will keep you turning pages long after you should have gone to sleep for the night. Plus, the author manages to weave a tale, so horrific and yet so intriguing that it leaves a lingering, almost haunting sensation, long after the final words have been read, the book closed and put away.

The words "compelling," and "riveting" seem inadequate to describe Ms. Lakey's work.

I dare you to find a better writer of psychological thrillers.

Luckily for psychological thriller fans, Ms. Lakey has written two more books. (Publication dates are not available for these titles, but tomorrow wouldn't be too soon, if you ask me!)

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