Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

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.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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6 thoughts on “Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

    1. evanwsmorgan says:

      Anytime, Brandilyn! Your books are amazing! I am surprised I didn’t find you sooner than I did! I will be posting my review of Stain of Guilt hopefully by Friday! Thank you for the prayers!

  1. susan foster says:

    Your review and Erica’s battle make me want to read this book! I am going to look for it and read it as soon as I can get my hands on it. Keep up the good work, Evan! You are all in my prayers, as I know this disease affects every person connected to the one who is fighting the battle. Thanks for helping all of us to be more aware! Blessings, Sue Foster

  2. Linda says:

    I live in Elgin, Il. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease approx. 2 years ago. Always tired taking up to two and three naps a day. My joints in my legs hurt so bad, expecially when I try to get up. My legs are so weak that I have a hard time getting down and impossible to get up from the floor. Because of being tired so much I went to my doctor who gave me a blood test, that’s how he found I had Lyme disease. He put me on antibotics for 2 weeks and when I went back, he said I still showed Lyme. So I went to a Disease Control Center and they said “you’ll always have Lyme disease, it just goes domat sometimes. I asked how will I know when it’s active again, all they said was “oh, you’ll know”. So, once again I’m so tired. I went back to the doctor and he had me give a urine sample and said I had a bladder infection and he said if the Lyme is acting up again, the antibotic will help that too. I’m so confused. I wish someone would help me.

    1. evanwsmorgan says:

      Wow, Linda. I am sorry. Is your doctor Lyme literate (doctor that specializes in Lyme Disease)? My sister goes to one and they are helping her with everything.

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