What I Read Wednesday – The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

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This book was released on November 24, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.

A young girl is missing from Alcatraz island. What does one of the convicts have to do with it?

Shanley Keagan was a young boy performing comedy routines in Irish pubs when his entire life changed. His money-hungry uncle moves them to America but doesn’t survive the trip, so Shan finds himself in a new country all alone. Befriending an Italian family, they take him in and show him kindness.

We follow Shan and the Capellos over several decades as he tries to make it in vaudeville and possibly repay the Capellos. As Nick, the oldest son, gets involved in smuggling during the Prohibition, he gets deeper and deeper in with some dangerous people.

When Shan is called to talk Nick off a ledge, he finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery and ultimately gets sent to prison, ending up in Alcatraz. He uses his personality and comedy skills to gain privileges that ultimately change his circumstances.

The book begins in a search for the young girl but once you meet Shan, you almost forget the future and you can’t imagine he has anything to do with it. His story instantly captivates you and you need to see it through to the end.

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