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- Publisher: Paw Prints 2011-05-01 (2011)
- ISBN-10: 1448789648
- ISBN-13: 978-1448789641
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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Over The Edge, was personal. A tick bite in 1999 started a spiraling decline in my health. As my body fell apart, twenty-three doctors resulted in twenty-three opinions. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and other equally worrisome diseases.
Not until 2006 did we find the true culprit -- Lyme Disease. By that time, the disease was well rooted in my system. Even as every blood test confirmed my immune system remained horribly affected, and I was termed chronically ill, most doctors were either clueless or refused to believe Chronic Lyme Disease existed.
I had just entered the Lyme Wars.
Over The Edge is a must-read for suspense lovers as well as anyone who has encountered Lyme Disease.
Suspense lovers and Lyme sufferers, buckle your seat belts and head Over The Edge.
Over the Edge: A Novel
In Over the Edge, Brandliyn Collins brings us yet another installment of her Seatbelt Suspense with an intensely personal spin. For those who don't know, Collins had her own encounter with Lymes and knows first-hand the battle those who suffer from it must face not only from the disease itself but from a medical community that for all too long refused to acknowledge the disease even existed in any chronic form. Her understanding of the disease and empathy with those stilling fighting in the trenches of the Lyme Wars bleed through on every page.
Over the Edge does something that few novels successfully accomplish. It keeps the suspense clock ticking in a situation that can often seem endless. Any battle with a disease like Lymes has its dramatic moments but is also filled with tedium few could tolerate. There are hours in physician's waiting rooms that often lead to yet more hours in some other waiting room. Batteries of hospital tests are initially filled with nervous anxiety.Read more ›
Collins points out a new form of persecution: The unwillingness of influential portions of the medical profession to acknowledge that Lyme disease can have long-term debilitating effects. The refusal has resulted in insurance companies cutting off payments for long-term treatment. Some doctors who have continued to treat chronic cases of Lyme have lost their licenses.
It's such a crazy scenario to anyone who's seen people suffering from chronic Lyme disease that it seems like something out of Kafka. Yet it's true. Collins' fights the insanity around Lyme disease with an imaginative, totally believable story that thrills as it imparts information. I could have read about the disease for days without understanding its impact on those who have it. When I see her main character, Janessa McNeil, struggling to get off the floor in her own kitchen or trying to remember a few words, I get it.
The plot is complex, fine-tuned and surprising. Collins' writing is simple and elegant. It conveys the emotional impact of the disease powerfully. Heroine Janessa McNeil presents herself as a strong woman in the direst circumstances. I'm not going to say anything more about the plot; I don't want to spoil its surprises.
In writing Over the Edge, Brandilyn Collins neatly handles a couple of potential writing snafus that drive me nuts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins is a gripping suspense that plunges the reader into the world of a wife and mother who is targeted by a grieving husband whose loss launches him... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by jcr61312
This book was spellbinding. It was so unpredictable! It was also helpful because of the reliable and helpful information about Lime Disease. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Paul Martin. Linda Martin
Kept my interest the whole way through! From the first page to the last, I couldn't put it down. It is also very informative and understandable. Definitely recommend this.Published 19 days ago by Chris
Great read! Thought I had the story completely figured out....and BAM.....another twist! Brandelyn Collins is a master storyteller! Highly recommend.Published 19 days ago by Alex Boskoff
While reading, Over the Edge, I felt as if I was on the edge. Collins weaves a story keeping you spellbound to the very end. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Teri
Interesting how the author wove the Lyme disease into a good mystery. Good resource for Lyme sufferers. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by Jayme Bickings
This is another fantastic book by Ms. Collins. This book is about being infected with Lyme disease—those parts of the book are factual. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R Adams