I received Knife Edge for free via Netgalley in exchange for a review.
The opening pages of Knife Edge kick off this story in style. As journalist Famie Madden arrives at work – a news corporation where she is responsible for assessing stories as they arrive – a series of seemingly random attacks take place throughout London. Seven people are murdered; brutally stabbed as they make their way to work. It’s only as the information starts to come through that Famie and her colleagues realise that all seven are people they work alongside.
From this point until the thrilling set-piece that ends the book, the action rarely lets up. Famie and some of her closest friends are thrown almost instantly into a terrifying chase; as journalists they are unable to resist the temptation to investigate the crimes, but also find themselves identified as targets as well.
To say too much about the plot would be to give away some important story details that are much better left to discover along the way. As Famie and her friends continue the investigation, we are also given an insight into the other side, as the perpetrators of the crimes are slowly revealed. Famie is drawn further into the mystery by the use of old-fashioned tricks such as messages left in newspapers. It’s a lot of fun, and there’s no relenting in the pace of the novel as both Famie and the reader try to work out exactly what’s going on, and where these terrorists might strike next.
I’ve been a longtime fan of Simon Mayo, both as a radio presenter and an author; his YA novel Blame was one of my favourite reads of 2016, while his Itch series is one I recommend to any kids who are looking for a fun and exciting adventure story. He’s moved onto adult fiction with this and his last novel, but it’s easy to see the genesis of Knife Edge in his writing for younger people, which also featured nefarious villains and thrilling chases. The tension builds in Knife Edge so well; the momentum of the opening cannot help but take a slight dip as we move into the middle section, but the climax of the story is so gripping that you won’t be able to put it down until you find out what happens!
Knife Edge by Simon Mayo
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Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for a review