Living on the Knife's Edge

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A romantic drama set in London, this is a contemporary short story about the uncertain business of living. On the knife's edge between love and tragedy, Adam Reid is a young doctor who finds that mending broken lives is not a vocation for the faint-hearted.

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About David Rose

I love books. I have had a relationship with books for as long as I can remember. I love turning pages, holding a book in my arms, er, hands, and smelling the unique scent of that particular book. I love old books and new stories. So as a writer I am a reader first.

I began reading (my mother's James Hadley Chase novels) before I was six, and have never stopped. I usually read five or six books a week, unless they are huge: eg "Lord of the Rings" in one volume, or "Winter's Tale" (Mark Helprin).

I used manual typewriters for years. My favourite was an Olivetti Lettera 32 portable which I inherited from my mother, and which was my mainstay for about 20 years, after she had used it for a similar period. Yes, they are rather more durable than computers!

I am an unabashed romantic. I buy flowers for my wife whenever the notion takes me, and I write her a poem at least once a year. I adore soppy romantic scenes in movies (as in the willow pool in "The Little Mermaid" and the balloon launch in "Tangled"). You may notice that I also love most animated movies!

I have sailed, as a radio officer on cargo ships, the Atlantic from Cape Town to North America, and the Indian Ocean from South Africa to Australia and Asia. I remember cyclone Gabrielle, ca. 1982, where we came so close to capsizing near Mauritius that I found myself almost hanging from a hatchway, looking down through a porthole toward the surface of the sea.

My favourite genre is SF and Fantasy, although I also read a lot of crime thrillers and may try my hand at a murder mystery one day. However, I will read practically anything. I am least fond of Horror and supernatural books of that ilk.

Less interesting information:

I am South African, born in Cape Town in 1958. I am married (1991, and still married, to Chantelle). We have four cats, which we inherited from the bush next door.

I prefer my books to be freely available to readers, so I follow a liberal policy on distribution.

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Bruno Goncalves reviewed on Feb. 25, 2015

Living on the Knife’s Edge portrays the tumultuous life of a single mother, her troubled daughter and a well-intentioned but inexperienced psychologist. The events taking place in this story are not unique at all but this in no way makes them any less shocking. If anything, the realism only served to ground me more firmly in the story.

Beth begins her downward slope early in her teens, critical events leading her on a downward spiral from which there appears to be no recovery. After her mother’s inability to cope with her daughter’s behavior, the state steps in with characteristic inhumanity. Matters then begin to get more complicated, as the psychologist on duty departs from the straight and narrow and Beth begins to come to terms with who she is.

Living on the Knife’s Edge is an eloquently written story, although with a distinctive accent that fixes its setting in present-day London. I thoroughly recommend it!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an objective and non-reciprocal review
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Carmel Hardinge reviewed on Aug. 7, 2014

I admit wholeheartedly to being a sucker for a book like Living on the Knife’s Edge, but even as a sucker, I appreciate when contemporary romance is done well. Emotional. Most certainly. Mine were wrangled left, right and centre till the last page. If you’re prone to a blub, have some tissues handy. Eliciting that response from a reader is the mark of a good piece of writing. Oh heavens, I’ve just confessed!

Mr Rose paints a vivid picture about the unpredictability of life, and how events happen like car crashes, turning the world upside-down for his characters. Mirroring life, picking up the broken pieces is a challenge for Molly, Beth and Adam, and their choices are not always right, but this makes them human and believable, even if you do not always feel sympathy. Pace, pitch and plot are well-measured and the ending is most satisfying.

I thank Mr Rose for providing a free copy of his book in exchange for a review and I look forward to reading more of his work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Michael reviewed on June 21, 2014

Powerful emotional realism

I'm going to resist talking about 'the story' in this review. It unfolds beautifully, and as you read, hoping for a happy ending, David Rose keeps you on edge, aware it could just as easily finish in tragedy. The ending is superb.

All I'm going to say about 'the story' is that it is a wonderfully crafted bit of realism, very emotional and moving. You know you've read something really good when it takes you on an emotional journey. Read it yourself and find out why.

Having also read Dragonfire, which is a very different story altogether, I think David Rose is a writer to look out for.
(review of free book)
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