Review: Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison


Summary (from
Dr. Samantha Owens is starting over: new city, new job, new man, new life. She’s trying to put some distance between herself and the devastating loss of her husband and children, but old hurts leave scars.

Before she’s even unpacked her office at Georgetown University’s forensic pathology department, she’s called to consult on a case that’s rocked the capital and the country. An unknown pathogen released into the Washington Metro has caused nationwide panic. Three people died, just three.

A miracle and a puzzle.

Amid the media frenzy and Homeland Security alarm bells, Sam painstakingly dissects the lives of those three victims and makes an unsettling conclusion. This is no textbook terrorist causing mayhem with broad strokes, but an artist wielding a much finer, more pointed instrument of destruction. An assassin, whose motive is deeply personal and far from understandable.

Xander Whitfield, a former army ranger and Sam’s new boyfriend, knows about seeing the world in shades of gray. About feeling compelled to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. Only his disturbing kinship with a killer can lead Sam to the truth
and once more into the line of fire.


Now, this book I finished in two days! This is my first J.T. Ellison novel (and I started with the second one because that’s what was available in the library), and I enjoyed it.

It was a heart-pounding mystery from multiple perspectives that kept me guessing fro beginning to end. Dr. Owen’s is a likable, intelligent, no-nonsense woman who knows exactly what she wants (her relationship with Xander is complicated, but ironically simple) and knows how to say, “no” to what she doesn’t (the advances of Detective Fletcher). While the writing is quite basic and simplistic, the plot is interesting and full of suspense. Because the novel is written in multiple perspectives, we get a chance to get to know the characters in quite a bit of depth.

If you enjoy a mystery or a who dun’ it, then I would recommend this for you.


4 thoughts on “Review: Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison

    1. Hi! It’s good to be back! 🙂 Absolutely! Each novel has it’s merits, no matter the quality of the writing. A good plot is difficult to execute, and this was done well. We can’t survive on ‘literature’ alone!


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