Torn from the front lines of medical debate and the author’s own experience with Lyme Disease,Over the Edge is riveting fiction, full of twists and turns—and powerful truths about today’s medical field.
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.
Not too long ago, one of my sisters was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. To say that I found out about this book around that time was a coincidence is wrong. I am thankful that this book appeared in my family’s time of need.
Over the Edge is quite different than other novels of Brandilyn’s. It was, to me, more of a character-driven novel than plot-driven. There is plenty of suspense, believe me, but when the main character of a novel is sick and barely do anything, the story is bound to be more about the character rather than the plot.
The first person in this novel really makes the symptoms and jump off the page. I could feel Janessa’s pain as I read the book.
In one scene, I found myself tearing up in the middle of my room, in the middle of the night. I feel almost as worn as Janessa herself.
Brandilyn has penned a wonderful tale of suspense and what has come to be known as the Lyme wars. Over the Edge lives up to the expectations I have whenever I pick up a Brandilyn Collins novel.