Book Review : The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton

September 24, 2013 Book review 1 ★★★★

Warning – Do not read The Edge of Normal home alone or you will terrify the life out of yourself! I was skitty and jumpy after reading this and ready to leap out of my skin at any unexpected noise. Or being honest, even expected noises. My phone rang beside me at one stage and I was so engrossed in the book that I startled a little and answered the call with a timid, squeaky voice!
Book Review : The Edge of Normal by Carla NortonThe Edge of Normal by Carla Norton
Series: Standalone
Published by Pan on 10 Sept 2013
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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My Recap:

Reeve LeClaire is a survivor. She survived being kidnapped and held captive for four years between the ages of 12 and 16. Now age 22, she is slowly rebuilding a life. Wary of people and uneasy in crowds, she might appear to be living a normal life but she really is on the edge of a normal life taking timid, baby steps to reclaim her life.

And now another kidnapped girl has been rescued and Reeve has been asked to mentor this young victim. Will she finally be able to connect with another person and let them in to her life? Or has she just landed herself into a dangerous situation as another potential victim?

What I thought:

Let me just put this out there loud and clear, this book terrified me. It’s intense and chilling. The stalker is cunning, intelligent and as evil as they come. Bad, bad mix. What makes it even more frightening is that you know that girls and women all around the world have gone though what Reeve experienced and worse they continue to do so. This book is not written from an exploitation point of view though; it’s an interesting study into the recovery of a victim. It’s not overly graphic for which I’m thankful as I was disturbed enough by what I did read.

Reeve is a vulnerable character but so likeable. She is solitary, thoughtful and tries to study all the published studies on victims to help herself rebuild a life. Her character shows growth during the book and it’s lovely to see her letting her guard down a little, it feels so hopeful for her future.

I really enjoyed this book even if it did make my heart race like a steam train. I needed to read fast to make sure all would be ok. What I didn’t like is the situations that Reeve put herself in, making herself a vulnerable, potential victim. I don’t think this was realistic. I can’t imagine someone with her history doing what she did.

Leaving that aside though, this is an engrossing read. It feels well researched and the talks between Reeve and her therapist are really interesting. Add to that the tension that is building and building all the way through The Edge of Normal and you have a book that is face paced and too scary to put down.

Who should read The Edge of Never?

Highly recommended to all fans of thrillers and suspense books. If you like James Patterson or Lisa Gardner, then I think you would enjoy this one also.

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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