Darkness on the Edge of Town

Darkness on the Edge of Town My dad he collects broken things Where other people see junk he sees potential My dad collects broken people too Vincent is nearly forty years old with little to show for his life except his preciou

  • Title: Darkness on the Edge of Town
  • Author: Jessie Cole
  • ISBN: 9780732293192
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • My dad, he collects broken things Where other people see junk he sees potential My dad collects broken people too Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen year old daughter, Gemma sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma s bush home, their lMy dad, he collects broken things Where other people see junk he sees potential My dad collects broken people too Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen year old daughter, Gemma sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma s bush home, their lives take a dramatic turn In an effort to help the stranded woman, father and daughter are drawn into a world of unexpected and life changing consequences DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN is a haunting tale that beguiles the reader with its deceptively simple prose, its gripping and unrelenting tensions, and its disturbing yet tender observations.

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    1. This is perhaps the most readable book I have come across all year. The story of a father and a daughter, and the woman who crashes a car close to their home, its a gripping story that exposes the different aspects of relationships and how chance encounters can significantly alter the course of lives. Its that kind of book you curl up with, and forget the world for a while, and when its done you wish you could start all over again, experience it afresh.

    2. Darkness on the Edge of Town is a haunting tale of loss, tenderness and violence set in an isolated Australian valley. On the road outside the hilltop home Vincent shares with his teenage daughter Gemma, he finds an upturned car and a young woman cradling the lifeless body of her baby son. A collector of broken things and broken people, when the woman reappears just days later, barefoot, bruised and distraught, Vincent takes her into his home, and his heart.Despite the differences in age and gen [...]

    3. *This review contains spoilersFor me this book read more like a YA novel than an adult thriller. I also found that there wasn't enough tension to sustain my interest. Much of the book is taken up with Vincent dressing and undressing Rachel and tending to her leaking breasts. Definitely TMI.Rachel is a cipher of a character, making it hard to feel much for her besides pity. She's just lost her baby so obviously she's severely traumatised but the more we learn about her the more of a cipher she be [...]

    4. A crashed car on a country road, a fragile young woman and man who collects broken things These are the elements which introduce Jessie Cole’s debut novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town. Vincent is something of a drifter, a handyman on the cusp of forty, unpolished, but tender. From the moment he stops to help the young woman he finds sitting beside her crashed car, his life takes a new direction. Rachel, brittle and grieving, returns to Vincent’s house and a strange and intense relationship [...]

    5. Jessie Cole's debut novel Darkness On the Edge Of Town is a tense and dispiriting story. The story goes of a damaged young lady Rachel who intrudes on the lives of 40 year old Vincent and his teenagae daughter Gemma. The story is narrated by Vincent and Gemma, cleverly interpreting there viewpoints. Vincent is a man who is percieved as trying to do the right thing with the intriging angle as a man who who collects broken things. Gemma on the other hand is a wonderfully realised character who is [...]

    6. When thirty nine year old Vincent rounded the corner near his bush home, and came across a car, upside down and steaming, he was stunned. Hitting the brakes, he hurried from his truck, but couldn’t see anyone, until he heard moaning coming from the nearby trees. What he saw shocked him to the core! A young woman, not much more than a girl actually, with blood running down the side of her face, and cradling what appeared to him to be a baby. But the baby was too still, too cold…After the para [...]

    7. I have discovered a beaut new Aussie author, thanks to Angela Meyer’s Literary Minded blog. Darkness of the Edge of Town is an emotionally gripping tale that seduced me away from the IFFP titles I’m supposed to be reading, one of those books that you pick up just to have ‘a quick look’, and soon find yourself so utterly absorbed that all thoughts of the other book are entirely forgotten.It begins with Vincent’s discovery of a young girl beside the road. She has crashed the car and is c [...]

    8. Review coming soonh. I didn't intend to read this book until I was ready to review it - I just started and couldn't stop. More later.

    9. This book dealt with incredibly real, raw and emotionally disturbing issues in a very authentic way. I didn't intend to read this book, I actually didn't even want to read this book. However once I had started, I found I couldn't stop. I guess that says something about the writers ability to grab you and pull you into the story. I didn't find it to be a thriller or a crime novel in the traditional sense, however there is a strong undercurrent of violence throughout the book, almost subtle at tim [...]

    10. Vincent collects broken things. Living up on a remote hill with his teenage stepdaughter Gemma, he trawls tips for furniture and appliances for his house, collecting far more than he could ever need, cluttering up the small house. They don’t have much, but together they get by.Vince doesn’t just collect broken things, he seems drawn to broken people as well. Wherever he goes, drama tends to follow and he doesn’t know quite how he ended up in these situations. He married Gemma’s mother wh [...]

    11. Darkness on the Edge of TownBy Jessie ColeDarkness on the Edge of Town is the latest book in review for the Crusoe Community Book Club. It is a page turner that I read in three and a half hours such was the gripping nature of the story. I was hooked from the first page until the last such was the power of the writing.Basically the book is about single Dad, Vincent, his daughter Gem and Rachel the victim of a car crash who Vincent finds at his drive way. The setting is in a small northern New Sou [...]

    12. Gemma's dad, Vincent, collects broken things, including people. One night, he finds a woman, Rachel, crashed on the side of the road and takes her under his wing. I'd read and loved Jessie Cole's second novel, Deeper Water, and was eager to read her debut, The Darkness on the Edge of Town. Sadly, I didn't love it. I didn't even like it. The writing is fine. It's decent, good – but nothing that made me sit up and fall in love with it.Mostly, I was annoyed by Rachel and I was annoyed I was annoy [...]

    13. Darkness on the Edge of Town is a pretty good effort for a first novel, but it's little more than that. Cole's central character Vinnie is a 40 year old living in the hills above a small town. One night, Vinnie encounters Rachel, a young woman after an accident in which her baby has died. Vinnie's protective instincts kick in, which leads him into a host of trouble with his teenage step-daughter, his current flame and the townsfolk.Cole seems to be trying to write a disturbing psychological thri [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Simply written but very effective. It touches on darker sides of the human psyche and especially on male violence in society and its many manifestations, from outright domestic abuse to the more subtle effects violence and threats of violence has upon women especially. It also touches on how younger women, teenagers, are treated by their male peers and how confusing this can be for them with many mixed messages that are hard to decipher. I liked the way it highlighted the way society shy’s awa [...]

    16. This is an impressive debut novel from a young Australian writer. With simplicity and sensitivity she maps the way the lives of a father and daughter are dramatically changed when a young woman, fleeing domestic violence, crashes her car outside their home in country Australia. The father is a compulsive rescuer – of broken things and broken people – and he easily takes the traumatised stranger into his care. There is plenty of dramatic tension as we are swept along by a sense of impending d [...]

    17. In many respects this story of what happens when a man takes a car crash victim under his wing deserves more than 3 stars - the characterization is excellent for one - but I was so disappointed with the ending I can't be more generous. About halfway through the book I pondered on possible meanings of the title and had an ah-ha moment where I thought I could see where the author was going. If she pulled it off I planned to shout her name from the rooftops. Alas she wasn't planning anything clever [...]

    18. Jessie Cole's beautiful talent lies in the simplicity of feelings elegantly expressed. Her writing is deeply intuitive. What makes her story so enjoyable and addictive for the reader is that she never lets the words get in the way of the meaning of the tale that is unfolding; instead her writing allows the dance of characters' interwoven stories, personalities and emotions to shine forth, complimented by the gentle poetry of wisdom. "Darkness on the Edge of Town" is a very real and honest book.

    19. An unforgettable glimpse into the constant turmoil that is sixteen year old Gemma's life with her wayward but loving dad Vince and the broken things he collects. The sense of place is so evocative and the characters so well rounded that I felt I was part of their messed up lives. I reckon this will become another Aussie classic and would recommend it to readers who enjoyed Jasper Jones, Floundering or Past the Shallows

    20. Brilliant pacing throughout, great characters, a building sense of shapeless dread. I felt the end let it down a little, the pressure for something to happen: the pace picked up and things got perhaps a little melodramatic. But a great, great read. Amazing restraint. Really looking forward to her next book.

    21. A wonderful novel. I was along for the ride from beginning till end. Cole manages to capture the voice of her characters in a way that seems frighteningly familiar. A beautiful and sensitive book. It's as if Tim Winton and J.D. Salinger got together and had a love child. Here's hoping there's more to come.

    22. So much to love about this book, it has a simple but effective prose that draws you into the life of a small country town, where relationships are exposed with a rawness and tenderness that shows an eye for immense detail. Cole has given us an unlikely hero in a disturbing tale with a treasure trove of beautifulnessI think you rock Ms Cole

    23. A very enjoyable read. I didn't like that it just ended but I can see why it was done that way as well-it was very effective. The language was VERY Australian, almost obnoxiously so sometimes, which I didn't really have a problem with but I can imagine that some people would find very jarring if you're not used to it. I would recommend it though as a quick read but one you won't quickly forget.

    24. Man 1 good, noble, strong. Man 2 bad, very bad. Woman beautiful, innocent, deer in the headlights. Good man rescues woman and conquers bad man. Woman does nothing much except drip milk and tears, hang off good man and cringe at bad man. Good men, bad men, women in the middle. Get it?

    25. Jessie Cole's book is a firecracker of a debut novel. Interweaving the narratives of a teenage daughter and her father, it brings a sense of noir to the backroads. Jessie balances characterisation, a sense of place, and narrative pace with ease. The book rockets along

    26. A solid Australian novel about the appearance of a young woman in a small town and the subtle (and not so subtle) shockwaves that reverberate through the town. Nicely written and tightly plotted, but not hugely surprising.

    27. Loved the main character. I was taken back by the male character. Guess I preferred the women in this story. I enjoyed the setting. I felt some relationship to the regional location

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