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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins - Review and Giveaway - ENDED (03/27/2011)


I was recently given the opportunity to review the Over the Edge - I had never heard of Brandilyn Collins but the novel was a thriller. I prefer literary fiction or thrillers so I grabbed the opportunity!

Apparently Brandilyn Collins is a Christian writer which is probably why I have not heard of her. I am Christian but I prefer not to read or watch religions themed novels and books unless it is an underlying theme (not a primary one). Back to the fact that I did not recognize the author.... Because I did not recognize the name I was not sure what to expect. The description did not strike me as something that I must read so I was not sure when I would get through the book.

Well for some reason I picked up the book yesterday and I have to say I am glad I did. Over the Edge is a novel about a younger women, Janessa, who is married to an older man, Brock, a successful physician and researcher. Janessa is head over heels with her husband but feels that his love has waned over the years. Together Janessa and Brock have one child - the glue holding together a floundering marriage. 

One day Janessa is napping and has a terrifying dream of seeing a bug-eyed man next to her bed. The nightmare ends up being a reality. A man did break into her home with the sole purpose of infecting her with Lyme disease. Why? Because Janessa's husband is an outspoken medical professional who believes that Lyme disease is a short term condition, easily treated with antibiotics and has built a career off of this belief.

As Janessa becomes ill she is not sure what is going on. When confronted with WHY she is feeling ill, she has to determine how to deal with it. She also has to convince her husband that Lyme disease is a long term condition, even knowing that he is convinced 100% that it is not. If her husband does not make a public profession that Lyme can be a chronic or long term condition, the man threatens to also infect Janessa's daughter with Lyme. With her daughter's health now at stake how will Janessa convince her husband otherwise?


In reading the press release I learned that the novel was inspired by the author's own battle with Lyme disease and the struggles thereof - both physical and social.  She talks about how her faith helped her through the ordeal and how she continues to be an advocate for education and awareness.  Brandilyn hopes are that others with the disease can realize that they are not alone in their struggles and also that those who have Lyme disease but are undiagnosed can get the proper medical attention required. I know of three people personally who have dealt with Lyme disease.

I found the book well written, well paced and interesting. I am not quite through but wanted to post to help promote the book before the May 1st, 2011 release. You can find out more about the book and preorder at her website.    http://www.brandilyncollins.com/books/ote.html
I received one extra advance copy (unedited manuscript in proofing stage) sand am offering it to one of my readers.

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* Ends 04/09/2011

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