Verdict: Constant action and strong relationships in A KNIFE’S EDGE will please readers. The lead-in to the next Ronan McCullough is the final grace note of the book, enticing fans who want more.
When a Humvee crashes into a gala evening, cop Ronan McCullough and his boyfriend Ty, a nurse, are on the scene. When Ronan finds Ty’s friend and colleague Sarah, who left the hospital to work for a pioneering bloodwork lab called BTech, dead in the trunk of that Humvee, both men are catapulted into a situation that could cost them their lives.
The premise is strong, but there are logistical problems that derail the execution. At the end of an early chapter, Ty sees Sarah’s battered body; a few chapters later, he and Ronan fight about when Ronan was going to tell him about Sarah’s death, and in a later chapter, there’s a mention that Ronan moved Ty away before he could see Sarah’s body. It doesn’t make sense. Ty plunges in asking questions that could get him killed instead of arming himself with any research first. Ronan regularly breaks procedure, ignores calls that could solve problems (and avoid more life-threatening situations), and often acts like a bull in a china shop. Narration tells us Ty is an excellent nurse and leader, but the action in scenes proves otherwise, as when Ronan has to ask Ty to tend the wounded after the initial crash, and Ty wants to stay with Ronan.
The book’s strengths lie in the relationship between Ronan and Ty. They have a passionate, sometimes tempestuous relationship, but the love between them is genuine. Ronan, Ty, and Ronan’s nephew (staying with them) are a tight, loyal family unit, even when they make mistakes. The relationship’s growth over the course of the book, even through rough patches, makes it easier to forgive logistical lapses. Ronan’s dedication and determination sometimes come across as a martyr complex, but he gets results. Unfortunately, there’s usually a high body count and Ronan gets beaten up more than once along the way. The greed that drives the antagonists is fully believable.
Constant action and strong relationships in A KNIFE’S EDGE will please readers. The lead-in to the next Ronan McCullough is the final grace note of the book, enticing fans who want more.
~Eva Schegulla for Indie Reader