Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

Word Lily review

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

About the author
Novelist Brandilyn Collins (Facebook, @Brandilyn) has faced — and conquered — her own battle with Lyme disease.

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5 responses to “Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

  1. I think this book sounds incredibly frightening. I suspect that I fear contracting something like this disease more than anything – something that is difficult to prove exists and difficult to manage a life through. Plus opinions are divided as to whether it is “all in your head”. I’ll put this one on my list. 🙂

  2. Hmm. I already have more than a helathy distrust of conventional doctors. Not sure this would help!

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  4. Hello,
    I have your books on audio. Are you going to have Over the Edge published on audio. I get mine from Audible. I called B & H and they were no help in answering question.
    Just finished Chelsea Adams & Hidden Faces.
    Thank You,

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