|Reviewed by Jennifer Andrew
|Too Near The Edge is set in present day Boulder
Colorado and is told in the first person by a character
named Cleo, short for Cleopatra. Her profession as a
Medium and Grief Counselor brings her into touchy
situations but she never thought it would lead her
into a world of intrigue, mystery and murder. Cleo is
asked to help a grief stricken single mother who lost
her husband Adam in a tragic accident but her client,
Sharon, thinks her husband could have been
murdered. Using Cleo’s techniques at helping her
clients to contact their loved ones, Sharon gets clues
from beyond the grave to help solve her husband’s
mystery. Cleo has problems of her own when Sharon’
s life starts to interfere with her livelihood, which
forces Cleo to take a stand for her beliefs and come
to the aid of her client.
|The prominent characters in the novel move the story
along to build suspense. Cleo gets visited from time
to time by Tyler, a surfer apparition who gives her
clues in slang surfer language that she has to
decipher. Her “boyfriend” Pablo thwarts her
profession while Erik, a fitness trainer and
nutritionist, tries to pawn his herbal business on her.
Dr Waycroft, Sharon’s father, is an overbearing, self-
righteous behavioral psychologist who ends up
making Cleo’s life unbearable if she insists on
standing in his way. The reader will be able to
identify with many of these characters in the book as
well as the minor characters who play a role in the
flow of the story.
|Too Near The Edge gets a hold of you from the first
page and you can’t seem to put the book down. The
author makes you keep reading to see what Cleo is
engaged in next. The reader gets carried away by
Cleo’s actions and ends up rooting for her drive to do
the right thing and hope she doesn’t blunder into any
trouble. Lynn Osterkamp makes the reader frown at
Pablo’s insensitivity towards Cleo’s situation but you
end up breathing a sigh of relief when he comes
through for her.
|The interesting thing about this novel is that it
appears to be three mysteries entangled into one.
The reader must figure out what happened to Adam
as well as experience the sequence the characters
have to go through to figure out Adam’s demise.
The third mystery lies with Dr. Ahmed, the physician
in charge at the retirement home in which Cleo’s
grandmother resides, and what he’s involved in.
|This exciting novel by Lynn Osterkamp is
recommended to anyone who loves mysteries.
Throw in humor with a paranormal twist and you
have an adventure on your hands.
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