Over the Edge: A Novel

Over the Edge: A Novel

by Brandilyn Collins
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Marie0620 More than 1 year ago
I have chronic Lyme disease - I see MY doctors in this novel, they think you are crazy! Gosh if only mainstream medical would LISTEN!
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Janessa is married to a highly respected research physician named Brock McNeil. He's a Lyme Disease researcher. He doesn't believe in chronic Lyme Disease. He believes that patients should be healed after four weeks of antibiotics. When Janessa is not feeling well for three weeks, she asks Brock if she could be infected with Lyme Disease. He thinks it's nonsense. They haven't been in the woods or anywhere else where ticks can be found. What Janessa and Brock don't know is that a couple of months earlier a man broke into their house and left three ticks in Janessa's hair. Janessa will soon learn what the man did when he calls her on her cell phone. He explains what he did and that now she is infected with Lyme Disease and coinfections too. In a couple of days Janessa must convince Brock to make a statement that chronic Lyme Disease does exist, or else the secret man will infect their 9-year old daughter too. A race against time! Brock does not believe Janessa. She's on her own. Her body is hurting terribly. She is immensly tired. She can not think clear. Can not find the right words. But she must convince Brock. Or is there another way to make a public statement? This book is full of valuable information about Lyme Disease. You get a good idea how Janessa must be feeling. Lyme Disease is the subject of this book, but this wouldn't be a Brandilyn Collins novel if there wasn't suspense and mystery. I literally sat on the edge of my seat a good couple of times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it's like to live with Lyme Disease, or to anyone who knows someone with this disease.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins is a gripping suspense that plunges the reader into the world of a wife and mother who is targeted by a grieving husband whose loss launches him into a campaign against her husband—to destroy him and his research. Only, she becomes the means to that end. Brock McNeil’s research on Lyme disease and its treatment cost the man his wife’s life, and he will use any means, or any person, to bring McNeil down. Brock McNeil thinks that his wife is faking her illness, much as she did in her childhood to alter her relationship with her father. He believes that she is using this faked illness to draw him back into their relationship. Although he does permit her to have tests to determine whether or not she is truly ill, he really does not believe her. His affair with a beautiful, young coworker has drawn him away from his wife and daughter, and now he sees this as a justifiable reason to leave. He shares her past faking an illness with the doctors who examine her, with friends, and with the detective, investigating the “Stalker” that she insists has done this to her. Her story is that this man broke into their home to infect her with the disease and that he has made threatening calls—calls only she is witness to. With everyone looking at her with suspicion, she has no other recourse than to be self-reliant and prove everyone wrong. A great book that will keep you riveted till its fast-paced conclusion. I recommend this to those who love an intense suspense plot. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
This is another fantastic book by Ms. Collins. This book is about being infected with Lyme disease—those parts of the book are factual. Intertwined with the Lyme disease is a very well written suspenseful story. It is a wonderful mystery that is very difficult to put down. Do not plan on getting much sleep after you pick this book up. This book description was taken from Amazon.com—“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.” As with all Ms. Collins’ books this is another page turner. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Collins has suffered with Lyme disease herself. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
If you're looking to read a suspense filled novel with medical background and research, jaw dropping surprises, and heart pounding action, this is your book. Jannie is married to Brock, a research doctor studying Lyme disease and its effect on the body. A lunatic breaks into their house one night while Brock is not there and places an infected tick in Jannie's scalp while she sleeps. Then he starts calling her and terrorizing her with threats of what he's going to do to her 9 year old daughter. He wants her husband to recant his research of the disease being acute not chronic. Brock thinks she's making all this up to get back at him. The author has personally experienced Lyme disease and was able to vividly describe the symptoms Jannie was having. In Jannie's case, a very debilitating sickness. This book was a complete edge of my seat, page turner. Seventy five percent of the way through I was thrown for a loop with what the author brought out and that was only the beginning! Very suspenseful, very entertaining, and very well written. I was able to finish this in a very short time because I couldn't put it down. I received this ebook from the author through Bookfun.org for my honest review which I have given.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and could not stop! It's fast paced, twists and turns, and emotional roller coaster had me glued to the pages. As a nurse it is always very interesting to see health topics discussed but this is a whole other level. I had no idea what The Lyme Wars were till reading this book. You will feel emotional and overwhelmed about the plight that these individuals with this disease are going through even today. Janessa McNeil's life is about to become a race for her life. She is married to Dr. Brook McNeil who is a professor at Standford that specializes in tick borne diseases especially Lyme. He is admit that Chronic Lyme Disease is all in people's heads and doesn't exist. Let's just say he doesn't have a fan club waiting for his autograph! He has many people that hate him and has one man that has taken it upon himself to make Dr McNeil pay for not believing. This man sneaks into Dr McNeil's house and while his wife is sleeping places infected ticks on her and gives her Lyme disease. This turns Janessa's world upside down. So not only is his wife sick the crazy man is threatening to infect their daughter. Janessa will need all the help and her faith in God to get through. She has ups and downs but knows in the end God will not leave her. When her husband denies that she has Lyme and says she is faking she will need God more than ever to save her and her daughter. This book grabs you from the first chapter and doesn't let go. Be ready for the psychological ride of your life. I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Eyes of Elisha was a great book. I loved the subject matter on the back of the book and couldn’t wait to read it. Definitely made me want to read the next one in the series. I love the suspense/mystery that Ms. Collins is so great at writing. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story kept me on the edge of the seat. I real enjoy books by Brandilyn Collins.
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onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
For a high-rev book of suspense, revenge, and debilitating suffering, Brandilyn has brought a new level of intrigue in her book, Over the Edge. It¿s a story about the ¿Lyme wars¿¿the majority of doctors not believing it¿s chronic, i.e., Janessa McNeil¿s husband, Dr. Brock McNeil; the doctors that are Lyme-literate; and ultimately, the Lyme patients still suffering and dying. To force Dr. Brock McNeil to recant his stand publicly on Lyme, a deeply crazed, resentful man deliberately infects Janessa with Lyme, using several ticks smaller than a period (.) at the end of sentence, to expose him to the debilitating disease process. What the man didn¿t count on was the McNeil¿s rocky marital status, leaving little leverage for Janessa to change her husband¿s viewpoint. Problem was, this man planned to infect their daughter, Lauren, if the good Dr. wouldn¿t change his mind. The story rests on the exhausting, crippling sickness of Janessa, the threatening phone calls, and her cold, callous, unbelieving husband. It¿s unbelievable that a disease can be so devastating. The everyday activities most take for granted, become excruciatingly difficult and sometimes impossible for her. Brandilyn poured her heart and soul into the descriptive ramifications of the disease. They take on a life of their very own. You¿re fighting to breathe right along with Janessa during her ¿air hunger.¿ The fear is palpable. The danger is real. Yet through it all, as a new Christian, Janessa has to make a choice to trust God to work out the whole situation as she is extremely physically disabled. She basks in the truths she finds in the Psalms that lift her spirit and keep her hoping. She can¿t control the stalker or her straying husband, but God can handle both. He wants to do the same in your life. If you have loved ones or friends (even possibly yourself) with Lyme, encourage them and invest your life in them as much as possible. Even be willing to advocate for them where possible. Don¿t be afraid to talk candidly with your doctor, possibly even taking the information provided by Brandilyn. The door to receiving treatment is still shut for many suffering from Lyme. This is a disease everyone must take seriously, as the repercussions are enormous. This book was provided by B&H Fiction in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
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hagargirl More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and read it in 2 days. It was very suspenseful and also taught me about Lyme disease.
StephanieNY More than 1 year ago
I read this book on the recommendation of my cousin who has Lyme and is trying to get his life back. Even if you have no knowledge of Lyme this book will engage you. Brandilyn Collins writing absorbs the reader into the story ,you really feel the desperation of the main character. I found that I couldn't put this book down. I needed to know what would happen next. A must read!!!!
phillipslisa More than 1 year ago
Brandilyn Collins' novels are touted as 'seatbelt suspense', and Over The Edge is no exception, with a unique twist. Jannie McNeil is the wife of a renowned Lyme disease specialist. Or at least, what he calls Lyme-according to the CDC's incredibly narrow definition. Brock McNeil is vocal in speaking out against those who say they suffer from chronic Lyme, something he doesn't believe exists. Enter a bipolar man whose wife died from chronic Lyme and you have a recipe for a dramatic story that puts the life of Brock McNeil's wife and daughter in danger. Soon Jannie McNeil falls incredibly ill with Lyme. But does Doctor Brock rush to her aid? No. He thinks she's faking. I'll let you discover the ins and outs for yourself. If you want to read a story about a man who realizes everything he believes is wrong, you need to prepare yourself. If you want a story with a nice, typical (cheesy, boring) ending, you need to prepare yourself also. Because this book will twist you up and spin you around. Dramatic, and eye-opening, Over The Edge could easily be a True Story. All the stuff about the CDC, the medical insurance companies, the doctors who advocate either for or against chronic Lyme-it's all true. And Brandilyn Collins knows it, because she lived it. Yes, I'm jumping on the band-wagon, (not because I met Ms. Collins at a Writers' Conference in February 2011, and she's a super nice lady). ? But because this book is just that compelling. You really feel for Jannie as you watch her whole life systematically fall apart at the worst possible time. It's like everything bad that could happen, all happens simultaneously. By the end of act 1 I was thoroughly hooked. I've read someone call that feeling a 'PB&J night', because there's no way I'm putting this book down to make dinner. I'll remorselessly let them suffer reheating their own leftovers because my stomach is clenched, and my fingers flipping pages to find out what happens next. The plot looks like a pretzel, and the characters will provoke in you at once both devotion and abject hatred because he's so stupid he doesn't realize what he's throwing away. But the one who steals your heart is the daughter, Lauren. "Lauren plumped out her lips. "I see strange people every day. I'm in fourth grade."" In portraying the way it feels to have chronic Lyme, Collins doesn't go overboard so you're left thinking, 'okay, I get it, it sucks to have Lyme'. It's a realistic presentation because of Collins' own experience. There's no research that can replace the intimate knowledge that comes from actually having had the disease. "Against the floor my cane made a hollow, indignant sound. The sound of my heart. My life." "My brain was nothing but a hole-riddled pan trying to hold water." Over The Edge uses a mix of first person (for the protagonist), and third person (for the police detective, and the antagonist), sounds weird, but it absolutely works. In fact, I found myself able to delve into Jannie's mind faster when I got to first person. Then when it switched with a scene or chapter break it made the bad guy's scene more eerie, because of the jolt. Bad language: None. Violence: a personal attack in the form of grabbing and shaking the person, and a gun-shot that kills. Neither explicit or overly gory. Sexual content: implied in relationships, but nothing 'on camera'.
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GailPallotta More than 1 year ago
A man wearing night goggles breaks into the home of Jessica McNeil. But he isn't there to attack or rob her. He infects her with Lyme disease. From that moment on the reader's plunged into the world of a Lyme disease patient, experiencing Jessica's excruciating pain and helplessness. Jessica's left alone to deal with the seemingly insurmountable illness, because the medical profession refuses to help. That's the reason she was targeted. Brock McNeil, her husband and renowned researcher / professor, has convinced the medical world that chronic Lyme disease doesn't exist. The man who infected Jessica wants to make sure Brock knows it does. While fighting Lyme disease, Jessica also watches her family fall apart. Brock's leaving for another woman, and now that Jessica can no longer care for their daughter, because of a disease Brock claims is just in her head, he's taking the daughter too. Who will help Jessica when she gets threatening notes from the man who broke into her home and infected her? Who will believe her when her husband claims these events are a figment of her imagination? I highly recommend Over the Edge. Ms. Collins includes enough information to make the book authentic and enlightening, but not more than a sensitive reader can handle. She balances Jessica's illness, a mystery and family heartache to weave a suspenseful masterpiece. As a Lyme disease patient, I would like to have seen explored, or at least mentioned, the tremendous help for this disease available from alternative medicine. From Dr. David Lee I learned that a patient must eliminate the toxins created by Lyme bacteria to return to good health. He says, "In some countries what we consider alternative medicine is traditional." In the case of Lyme disease, I highly recommend this option.
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Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
If you like learning while reading a gripping suspense story, this book is for you! The characters are well-formed, the plot is a real page-turner, the mystery holds the reader in suspense throughout the novel until the stunning finish, and important lessons are taught. Through the reading, I learned about a disease I had only before heard about: Lyme. Brandilyn Collins has lived with Lyme disease and knows it first hand. She proves herself an excellent teacher as well as top-notch author. She includes her extensive research, by incorporating it into this engrossing tale. Fittingly, May is Lyme Disease Month. Folks, be sure to read this one! Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and B&H Books for my copy.
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