Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins (B&H, May 1, 2011), 352 pages
Jannie McNeil has a recurring dream that a bug-eyed man snuck into her bedroom, and what she’d thought was the flu suddenly worsens, greatly. And she gets a phone call from the apparent intruder. He knows she’s sick; he deliberately infected her with Lyme, the disease of which her doctor husband is a leading expert.
Warning: Reading this book won’t help your trust in conventional doctors. Also, be prepared to feel itchy all over and maybe lose some sleep.
What a great cover! The embossing is really perfectly done and ratchets the design up a notch.
I’ve read a few of Collins’s books in the past, and I’ve always enjoyed them, found them well-done, suspenseful tales. But this one, with its setting in such a real, ongoing battle (the book calls it “the Lyme wars”) is a step above the others I’ve read.
This one doesn’t have the trademark Collins good vocabulary words (the other books by her that I’ve read always have at least a couple new-to-me words that are really fun), but it does have a bit of technical, scientific jargon. And a lack of other less-than-common words makes sense, really, given that the book is written from the perspective of a woman with a disease that hinders brain function.
I really enjoyed this book.
Collins started a blog about Lyme: Over the Edge.
Rating: 4.25 stars
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