• Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything


It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.


I had seen The Edge of Everything splattered across my twitter and Instagram accounts for a couple of weeks and thought, ‘hey, that’s a nice looking book’, but never bothered to find out anything more. I finally chanced across it on Goodreads, read the blurb and realised it sounded intriguing. And it delivered.

When I first started, I really didn’t know what to think of it; the story didn’t grab me immediately, and I struggled to find traction with it. However, as I continued, the characters started to really attract me and become relatable. I particularly liked Zoe, X and Joseph. I didn’t like the mother -- I couldn’t connect with her on any level at all, so thankfully she didn’t play a huge role in the novel.

The plot moves quickly and the world building is well done. I didn’t feel lost or questioning at any time. I particularly liked X’s explanation and model building of the ‘Lowlands’ aka Hell -- it helped me as a reader envision the ‘Lowlands’ in a better light and the world Giles was creating. While I did see a few plot twists coming, I still enjoyed reading them as they unfolded. The novel is filled with romance, adventure, heartbreak, and betrayal. Once I had engaged with the characters, it took me for an emotional ride that never let up.

The novel really crept up on me and by the time I finished, I found myself flicking through the acknowledgments asking myself ‘that can’t be the end!?’ I had to tweet the author to ask if there would be a sequel! Giles confirmed there is. *breathes a sigh of relief* I am eagerly awaiting its release and plan to continue Zoe’s and X’s story.

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