Living on the Knife’s Edge portrays the tumultuous life of a single mother, her troubled daughter and a well-intentioned but inexperienced psychologist. The events taking place in this story are not unique at all but this in no way makes them any less shocking. If anything, the realism only served to ground me more firmly in the story.
Beth begins her downward slope early in her teens, critical events leading her on a downward spiral from which there appears to be no recovery. After her mother’s inability to cope with her daughter’s behavior, the state steps in with characteristic inhumanity. Matters then begin to get more complicated, as the psychologist on duty departs from the straight and narrow and Beth begins to come to terms with who she is.
Living on the Knife’s Edge is an eloquently written story, although with a distinctive accent that fixes its setting in present-day London. I thoroughly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an objective and non-reciprocal review.