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The Edge of Normal: A Novel (Reeve LeClaire Series) Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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*Starred Review* True-crime author Norton (Disturbed Ground, 1994) delivers an impressive mystery debut with a subject that leaps from the headlines. Reeve LeClaire escapes her captor after three years of unspeakable torture and abuse. Ten years later she is living independently and working as a waitress while putting her life back together and dealing with PTSD under the care of her therapist, Dr. Ezra Lerner. A sensational news story about the rescue of another young girl who endured a similar ordeal threatens to shatter her fragile grip on daily life. When Dr. Lerner asks her to speak with the new victim, Tilly Cavanaugh, and her family, she is not sure that she can cope with it. Reminded by Lerner that another victim reached out to aid her, Reeve decides to help, meets Tilly, and discovers that she will need to be more than a simple mentor, as the predator who took her is still out there watching. Does Reeve have the strength and skill to help Tilly survive? Norton has created a page-turner with well-developed characters, a truly horrible villain, and the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best. --Barbara Bibel
"True crime writer Norton (Perfect Victim) makes her first foray into fiction with a compelling--and timely--story about a woman kidnapped when she was 12 and held for four years.... Norton skillfully keeps the suspense taut with myriad surprises while giving a tender look at victims whose ordeals are rehashed by lawyers, the media, and pop psychologists.... (An) intriguing story." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"This debut thriller by the best-selling author of Perfect Victim features a suspenseful storyline that realistically mirrors recent news headlines of captivity and sadism. Winner of a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, this nail-bitingly delicious tale will be a treat for psychological thriller fans." - Library Journal, starred review
"True-crime author Norton delivers an impressive mystery debut with a subject that leaps from the headlines.... Norton has created a page-turner with well-developed characters, a truly horrible villain, and the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best."--Booklist, starred review
"Her deep background in true crime coverage, particularly the story of a woman kidnapped and kept in a box to be a sex slave, informs her fiction. The revolving points of view she uses keep the plot steadily building to the kind of page-turning suspense that makes a true thriller. But it leaves us aching to learn more about the extraordinary heroine."
-New York Journal of Books
"Norton has written a nail-biter, but it's Reeve's complicated courage that lingers."