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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Over the Edge
B&H Books (May 1, 2011)
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

Watch the book video:

My Review

I'm about half-way through and really enjoying this one. I especially like the first-person point of view; that's a nice change for Brandilyn. I feel like I'm in the character's skin and can experience every ache and lack of mental focus. The Lyme plot idea is gripping and rings with originality, and the pacing and writing are excellent, as always. (I always learn so much as an author just by studying how Collins writes her books.) Lyme is a real-world issue that has affected a few people I know, and I commend Brandilyn for educating the reader while entertaining. (I must admit, however, that while the medical information is there for those interested, I find myself skimming through it. I'm more interested in the plot.) When I return home after summer walks, I'll certainly pay more attention to the ticks that cling to my socks and crawl on my legs (these aren't the same kind of ticks, thankfully).

So far I have only a couple of minor gripes: the characters lack roundness (the main character's husband, Brock, is just plain bad), and any spiritual component is barely mentioned, but my opinion could change by the time I finish the novel. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plot unfolds and seeing if the main character can get help and protect her daughter. This is an original, captivating medical thriller deserving to be read.

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