The Edge of Normal

The Edge of Normal

by Carla Norton
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The Edge of Normal: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Can anyone ever be “normal” after having lived through almost four years of isolation, abuse and torture at the twisted hands of a monster? Reeve LeClaire was kidnapped as a child and even after years of therapy is still unable to feel comfortable in the “normal” world. Relationships are beyond her, the ability to hold a job is beyond her, but the nightmares still come. When asked to help with another young victim of a kidnapping/rape/torture who has just been found and released to her parents, hesitantly Reeve agrees, only to find it therapeutic for herself, as much as for the young girl. The similarities between what these girls endured are uncanny, and the aftermath something only another victim could understand. Has Reeve found the magic bullet that will kill her tormentor? Will helping others be the key to ending her nightmares? Are there more young girls being hidden away by a demented puppetmaster who is calling all of the shots? Will he get to Reeve before she uncovers his secrets? The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton is powerful, intense and hideously real. She has connected the reader to the characters at a level that will make your skin crawl and your blood boil as you become personally invested in the lives and torment of these girls. There is no pretty packaging, no flowery phrasing, the story is told with brutal frankness as a former victim learns she is stronger than she could have imagined. If you are unaffected by a crime so heinous, a crime that happens in the ‘real world,’ perhaps it’s time for a pulse check. An Arc edition was provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books in exchange for my honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A thriller were the reader knows the killer from the beginning, but is just waiting for the detectives and team to put all the pieces together.  Told from many point of views, the reader is able to get a full picture which was beyond entertaining. My most favorite part of the book was thinking that it was concluding, but realizing that there were quite a few pages to go and clearly there was still a few things that were going to happen!  
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
Engrossing, suspenseful, with interesting twists... I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. "The Edge Of Normal" is an amazing story of strength, courage, and perseverance. Reeve LeClaire has been through quite a lot in her short twenty two years of life. She was kidnapped and held captive when she was 12 years old, and by chance was found about 3 years later. She was traumatized, raped and abused. Now another young girl has been found. Will Reeve fight her demons to help this young girl heal? This book put me on an emotional rollercoaster. The descriptions were so vivid, it was like reliving the story in your mind's eye. You see the main character grow from victim to survivor, and her emotions move from fear to anger as she becomes determined to find the other two missing girls. I was completely engrossed from start to finish as I wondered if they would realize who the kidnapper actually was. This was a great book with edge of your seat excitement, a must read for every crime thriller fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carla Norton presents a rapid fire, heart jumping book with her first novel. Based on real crime concerning violence towards women, she is respectful of the subject and families who suffered through the horrors of having loved ones kidnapped and abused. The characters are genuine and her technique of having different voices tell the tale is most effective. Reeve has survived the worst of ordeals yet through healing and ongoing therapy is able to reach out to others who have suffered as she has. Reeve takes us along as she plunges into the ongoing crime scenes. It's a powerful ride through tough territory; I was fully engaged by the plot and Ms. Norton's exceptional writing. I hope to see Reeve return in future books.
arbjamesAJ More than 1 year ago
Walking a fine line on the edge of normal--After surviving years of being held captive, raped, and tortured by her sadistic kidnapper, Reeve LeClaire is finally on the edge of living a normal life, at least as normal as possible. When another young girl is rescued under similar circumstances, Reeve's psychiatrist asks her to act as a mentor of sorts to her. Reeve is forced to relive many of the horrors she faced, but this time her anger at what was done to young Tilly keeps her from regressing. Her experience gives her a unique perspective, and she is able to see the investigation in a whole different way from the authorities, who won't listen to her insights. With two other kidnapped girls still out there somewhere, Reeve decides to investigate on her own, never dreaming that she will end up in the kidnapper's cross hairs. Will she be strong enough to outsmart and overpower him and save the other two missing girls? This one was slow going for me for most of the book, really right up until the end. I could never really connect with Reeve. I also found it a bit unrealistic for Reeve to be brought into the situation and for her to have made connections that the authorities missed (especially ones that were so obvious). Dr. Lerner doesn't really seem to be that effective. In Reeve's case, it seems she owes more to her own decision to educate herself on her situation rather than Dr. Lerner, and she seems to do more counseling with Tilly that he does.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Yes. Carla Norman’s a really strong writer. She demonstrates her unquestionable skill from page one. Her story is interesting and her characters are flawlessly developed. (I’m going to be deliberately vague in this next paragraph in hopes of avoiding the dreaded spoiler alert.) But there’s a scene when our main character is being tricked by one seriously bad dude. As she walks into the risky situation, I had to skim ahead. I felt such a strong feeling of dread, I couldn’t force myself to read it – kind of like covering your eyes during a really scary movie.  I wanted to yell, “Stop! Run!” But it’s bad enough that I talk back to the TV. It’s probably best if I not talk to my books. I don’t want to say any more because the end of the book is so powerful that I don’t want to ruin it. My one ½ star gripe: The story was a little predictable. I hate it when I guess what’s coming next and get it right. Would I recommend it: Yes. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.  (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention throughout the entire book. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book. Kept me up reading way to late into the night :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the author's style of writing. This was a great book
Estelle_C More than 1 year ago
This review is based on an advance copy received from the publisher Regina LeClaire was kidnapped at age twelve and held captive and abused for four years. Six years later (and after having changed her name to Reeve) she is still in therapy with a specialist in this kind of trauma, starting to put her life back together but with work left to do. Then one of three missing girls in cases believed to be related is rescued, and Reeve's therapist asks her to accompany him to provide emotional support to the victim. But the man who was arrested was acting under somebody else's direction, and the accomplice who was the brains of the operation is still watching. The Edge of Normal is an engrossing, tightly plotted thriller featuring a heroine who, although damaged, is recovering and still stronger than she thinks she is. Its appeal comes just as much from the chance to spend time with its protagonist as from following the twists and turns of the plot and the sick mastermind behind it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read two of her books in four days, that should tell you enough lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darkly entertaining. Human nature is scary.
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Fast paced and emotionally charged. Kept me guessing until the end, such a good. read.
TheReaderJD More than 1 year ago
Good reading, easy to read, but not an insult to intelligence. Its scary when you think about it because it really can happen, the technology is their.
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Hard to put this down! Great read, well developed, and far from predictable!
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