Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins


About the book - 
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.

My Review - 
Over the Edge had me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I loved it! Janessa McNeil has been feeling ill for a while, but she thinks she just has a bad case of the flu. When her symptoms get to the point where she has trouble walking, talking, or even functioning right she fears she has Lyme disease. With her husband being one of the most respected Lyme researchers in the country she asks him if he thinks she might have it, but he just waves her off and says she'll be back to normal in a few days.

Jannie's fears are confirmed after she gets a call from a man saying he infected her purposely and plans to infect more people if she doesn't change her husbands mind about Lyme disease really being a chronic illness. He's given her 48 hours to do so, but she's getting weaker and weaker by the day and doesn't see how she can ever get her stubborn husband to just listen to her.

Suspense, suspense, and even more suspense! It was endless and I loved every second of it. This novel was thrilling, captivating, and surprisingly very educational. I learned a lot about Lyme disease and  had no idea people went through so much just to get proper treatment for this illness. Brandilyn Collins' own experience with Lyme disease has truly brought life and realness to this story.

I could NOT put this book down. Believe me, I tried. "Just one more page" turned into, "Just one more chapter" and before I knew it I was saying, "Oh look, I'm done!" Everything about this story was amazing and I didn't want it to end. One thing I really don't like is when an author quickly wraps up a story with a very unrealistic happily-ever-after. That's something Brandilyn didn't do. Jannie's life was far from being back to normal, but she still trusted God. Even though she had no idea how her future was going to turn out or when her health would be the way it used to, she still thanked Him and had hope that he would pull her through. If you enjoy medical/suspense novels, you need to read this! It will stay with you long after you've finished.

Rating - 5 stars

(I was provided an e-book copy of this book for review by B&H Publishing Group through Netgalley.)

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