Friday, March 19, 2010

The Sharp Edge of a Knife Review

I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to review a new book today! The Sharp Edge of a Knife by D.N. Giles is an incredible piece of historical fiction. It is based on a true story and here's the blurb from the book--

Most people would have panicked, sitting bound and gagged on a boulder in the middle of the desert as I was, but for some reason, I didn't. A strange kind of reassurance washed over me from somewhere deep within. Whether it was peace that I'd go quickly, or comfort that I was being protected, I wasn't sure. When Mel Petersen leaves for work on the morning of February 7, he has no idea what awaits him. A few miles from his house, Mel picks up a pair of young men who appear to be college students, hoping to prevent them from having to walk in the cold. What Mel doesn't know is that the men are actually convicts on the run from the law who are desperate to get away by any means necessary. When one of his passengers holds a knife to Mel's throat, he has no choice but to submit to the demands of the criminals. Mel hopes he has what it takes to talk his captors into letting him live so he can return to his wife and children, but fears they will kill him before he has the chance. Based on a true story, The Sharp Edge of a Knife follows Mel and his captors on an unforgettable ride that will have you questioning the depth of your faith and sitting on the edge of your seat as it grabs your attention from the first sentence and keeps you riveted until the very end.

This book has something for everyone--suspense, inspiration, adventure, history, and an amazing look into the importance of family. I've enjoyed reading this story more than once and each time was touched by the range of emotions that Mel Peterson experienced during the scariest time of his life.

From the first page, I was pulled into this true account of unbelievable courage and faith. Nichole Giles has crafted an incredible story based on Mel Peterson’s harrowing kidnap and life-threatening events in such a compelling style, there was no escape until I reached the satisfying ending.

Pick up a copy of this book and get ready for an exciting read!

About the Author

Nichole Petersen Giles is the daughter of Joseph Petersen, Mel and Jeneal's second child and firstborn son. Nichole was born in Nevada , and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the Midwest, mostly staying in Utah , Nevada , Arizona, and snatches of time in Texas . Her early career plans included becoming a megastar actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer, in that order. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her family, travel, and drive in the rain with the convertible top down. Her first book Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, an anthology of humorous anecdotes, was released in December 2009 by Cedar Fort Inc. and can be found online and wherever LDS books are sold. Some of her other work has been published in Highlights for Children, The Friend, and Boys' Quest, and she blogs regularly at For more information about Nichole or her work, contact her at

To celebrate the release of The Sharp Edge of a Knife, Nichole has put together an exciting giveaway, with several opportunities to win. Since the book deals a lot with making choices, the prizes all have something to do with choice. Go check out the contest here and enter to win one of the many fabulous prizes!

Check out more chances to win, reviews, and author interviews on this list:

March 15th Cindy Beck, Review
March 16th David J. West, review, interview
March 17th Cindy Beck, Interview
March 18th Tristi Pinkston, review
March  19th Rachelle Christensen, review
March 22nd Shanda, LDS Women’s Book Review
March 23rd Kimberly Job, review
March 23rd Keith Fisher, Interview
March 24th Heather Justesen, review
March 25th Christine Bryant, Review
March 26th Kimberly Job, interview
March 26th Heather Justesen, interview
March 27th Keith Fisher, review
March 28th Ali Cross, Review
March 29th Rachelle Christensen, Interview
March 30th Heather Gardener, Fire and Ice Book Reviews
March 31st Danyelle Ferguson review, interview

Disclaimer: I do know the author--she's amazing--but I will always give my honest review and you can read it above. I was not compensated for this review.


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