Over the Edge


Title: Over The Edge
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Publisher: B&H Books
Pages: 352
Released: May 1, 2011


Janessa McNeil’s husband, Dr. Brock McNeil, is a researcher and professor at Stanford University’s Department of Medicine. He specializes in tick borne diseases, especially Lyme disease. He’s known for his adamant denial that chronic Lyme exists, even when patients get sicker in front of his face.

In an act of revenge and a twisted sense that he’s helping Lyme patients everywhere, a man plants a diseased tick, filled with not only Lyme but three coinfections, on Janessa McNeil. After which he states his demands, convince your husband to publicly reverse his statements on Lyme, or it’ll be there daughter next.

With Janessa’s marriage on the rocks and her husband denying she even has Lyme, how is she supposed to change his mind? Particularly when he never admits when he’s wrong?

Brandilyn Collins is very good at writing suspense novels. I became a huge fan when she wrote Always Watching with her daughter. Though, she didn’t tag-team with her daughter in this book, she did an incredible job with this book.

The author did extensive research and used her own experience with Lyme and it is very prevalent in the detail and facts about Lyme throughout the book. There is a ton of details on what Lyme does to your body as well as coinfections and and what is known as the Lyme Wars. It really delves into the trouble that most Lyme patients have an issue with, treatment. I never knew much about Lyme, let alone that it was so difficult to get properly treated. This book was a huge eye-opener on Lyme Disease.

However, despite how many facts you stuff into one suspense novel, you still have to take into account the suspense part of the novel. The suspenseful and scary part of the novel is the fact that an unknown man plants a diseased tick on you, walking past your daughter’s bedroom to do so, without leaving a trace. Now, I can understand how that would freak you out, but just in general, the suspense is weak.

The suspense is mostly on the back burner. The main chunk of the book seems to be about Janessa’s illness and convincing her husband she actually has it, not about the mystery man, though he is mentioned quite often. In my opinion a suspense book should be a majority of teeth-biting suspense. This book was disappointment in that area.

Despite that, the book is well written and the author decided to not really give you any substantial hints as to who the mystery man was until about three quarters of the way through the book. I appreciated that because it delayed my figuring it out for most of the book. But, like the last suspense book that I read, I did figure it out. I don’t really like to do that, but I think with how much I like suspense and how many I’ve read it’ll probably be a rare book when I don’t guess correctly.

The author kind of made the husband the more prevalent villain than the actual villain. Almost to the point that it was literally unbelievable. Her husband is overly harsh and cruel, but it worked wit who was portrayed to be, I just wish that he was more realistic.

Overall, this book is great if you want to learn more about Lyme and Lyme sufferers, but if your looking for a strong suspense you might want to keep looking. It’s perfect for anyone wants a medical suspense, heavy on medical and less on suspense. I give it a three and a half out of five.

I received this complimentary book for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.