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The Edge of Normal Paperback – October 10, 2013
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Paperback. Pub Date :2013-10-10 Pages: 360 Language: English This novel is brilliant The Edge of Normal is a perfect blend of literary style. psychological insight and edge-of-the-seat thriller From journalist Poe to protagonist.. Reeve - and a particularly horrific incarnation of evil along the way - Norton has given us living. breathing characters that we know and understand ... and who inhabit our imaginations after weve finished this book Jeffery Deaver. New York Times bestselling author of XO and EdgeReeve St Claire was abducted when she was twelve years old and held in captivity for four years. Now. in her twenties. she has a fragile stability but with the help of her psychiatrist. she has started to build a life of independence. But she will never shake off the terror and memory of the monster she believes is behind bars. When Tilly Cavanaugh is rescued from a basemen...
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Reeve had more depth to her than any other character. My expectations were not met with the book, but I did become so vested in the story that I had to continue the read. I was looking for deep insight into trauma recovery and the psychology of a serial killer and thought this author, a true crime writer, would offer the insight and analysis I was looking for, but I did not find the depth I was expecting. The psychologist involved was cookie cutter and did not offer any significant contribution.
The protagonist was a Mary Sue and the dastardly villain was a Gary Stu. Edgy Reggie did grow and evolve over the course of the story, but rather unrealistically went from scared of her own shadow, twenty-two and only driven a car a dozen times, to kick-ass, risk taking, no reservations Super Woman. The antagonist had no real history, no motivation other than his narcissism. He is omnipotent, a master at everything possible, and came across like a Marvel comic book bad guy, complete with his own, “private control room”. With all of his expertise and his apparent ability to forecast future events, you would think he would come across as an intelligent human being, and the author keeps telling us what a genius he thinks he is, but the effect was comical.
I don’t know how to say this except that the writing seemed amateurish for the seriousness of the story content. The author has great technique with short chapter style to push the story forward, but it was more like a contrived, commercial romp through the actions of a criminal sadist than a deeply thought out crime novel . I was leaning toward a three star rating until the twist at the end. It was so over-the-top, I had to roll my eyes and ask myself, “Really?” I know people are raving, but as a former forensic nurse experienced with both survivors and perpetrators, I didn’t get any sense of “convincing authority” with this read. Certainly nowhere near a Thomas Harris treatment of the subject matter.
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The book is over-written and the plot is all over the place. There is far too much coincidence and far too many inconsistencies and loose threads.Read more