Monday, May 23, 2011

Over the Edge

Over the Edge
Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e..."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is now working on her 20th book.

In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.


Torn from the front lines of medical debate and the author's own experience with Lyme Disease, Over the Edge is riveting fiction, full of twists and turns—and powerful truths about today's medical field.

Janessa McNeil’s husband, Dr. Brock McNeil, a researcher and professor at Stanford University's Department of Medicine, specializes in tick-borne diseases—especially Lyme. For years he has insisted that Chronic Lyme Disease doesn't exist. Even as patients across the country are getting sicker, the committee Brock chairs is about to announce its latest findings—which will further seal the door shut for Lyme treatment.

One embittered man sets out to prove Dr. McNeil wrong by giving him a close-up view of the very disease he denies. The man infects Janessa with Lyme, then states his demand: convince her husband to publicly reverse his stand on Lyme—or their young daughter will be next.

But Janessa's marriage is already rocky. She's so sick she can hardly move or think. And her husband denies she has Lyme at all.

Welcome to the Lyme wars, Janessa.

“A taut, heartbreaking thriller. Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages.”--Publishers Weekly

“Tense and dramatic. Holds its tension while following the protagonist in a withering battle.” –NY Journal of Books

“A frightening and all-too-real scenario. Very timely and meaningful book.” –RT Reviews

“If you know someone who suffers from Lyme, you need to read this compelling novel.” –Lydia Niederwerfer, founder of Lyme-Aware

If you would like to read the Prologue of Over the Edge, go HERE

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Book Review

The thriller/suspense genre is not usually my favorite.    I tend to shy away from it because I read before bed and I don't like to read something that is going to leave my imagination going too crazy.   However the plot line for this was just too compelling and I decided I had to read it.    I am so glad I did.   This book is definitely a "don't miss" for 2011!   

You hear so much about Lyme disease, but unless you know someone who has had to deal with it, you have no idea how horrific it is.    I have a family member who was diagnosed with it, but after dealing with terrible health problems first.     It was long agonizing months of sickness before they were finally diagnosed.   This seems to be the norm instead of the exception.    

That is why reading Over the Edge felt so real.    I could so imagine someone being pushed far enough to do just what happened in this book.      What could have been so predictable wound up being completely unpredictable in the end.

Brandilyn Collins is a fearless, magnificent writer.     I highly recommend Over the Edge!

1 comment:

The Japanese Redneck said...

I use to read a lot of true crime when I was growing up.

Will be out the rest of the week and only in on Tues. Will catch up as soon as I can.