Walk the Edge is the second book in the Thunder Road Series (the first is Nowhere But Here published last year) and centers on Breanna, a smart and responsible good girl, and Razor, the town ‘bad boy’ who is part of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club. At the beginning Breanna is terrified of Razor and the Reign of Terror, but over the course of the novel, certain events throw Breanna and Razor together and their attitude and opinions of each other obviously change.
I found Breanna to be an incredibly relatable character. She was bullied when she was younger for being different, something that happened to me. However, her family life is incredibly full on, with her being no. 5 kid of 9, and having an antagonistic relationship with one of her older sisters Clara. This influences a major aspect of her personality that directly relates to who she is at the beginning of the novel, and there was a certain event that played a major part in their relationship revealed late in the novel. I was not expecting this at all purely due to what it was. In a way it was clear that something major had happened with the two of them, but I did not pick what it was until it was revealed.
It was also relatable how both her and Razor grow and change throughout the story. I related to Breanna more than Razor in this because I am more like her than I am Razor, but it was really enjoyable seeing them both change and I found that it snuck up on me. I was so engrossed in the book that it wasn’t until the end when I thought about it that I realized how much both of them had changed, arguably for the better.
The ending to me however, felt a bit rushed. The pacing throughout the first about two-thirds was great. It allowed the story to develop at a pace that was believable and had the tensioning building as the stakes were being raised. At the end it became almost like a staccato in terms of pacing. Everything happened one after another, and (partly because I was reading so quickly) it felt quite hasty. There is also a small time jump near the end and I think I would have liked it signposted at the top of the page because it kind of threw me when Razor mentioned the time jump because I wasn’t expecting it at all.
Overall, I think one of my favourite parts about this book is the overarching theme of family, and the way they can be completely dysfunctional but still be there at the end of the day. I really loved the McGarry made it so that Razor’s family wasn’t just biological because I think that its important to remember that we can choose our own family; it doesn’t have to decided just by blood. I think it was also especially good that his family was a motorcycle group that did not deal in illegal stuff. Whilst I have no idea if these motorcycle clubs exist (the vast majority I’ve heard of are involved in illegal things), it was a good way to show that people shouldn’t be judged based on what they look like and by reputations, because these are not always accurate.
I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one to be released next year.
4 out of 5 stars.