Over the Edge    -     By: Brandilyn Collins
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Janessa McNeil's husband, Dr. Brock McNeil, has spent his life "proving" chronic Lyme Disease doesn't exist. Because of doctors like Brock many Lyme patients remain untreated. One embittered man--who lost his wife to the disease--has seen enough. He breaks into the mcneil's house and places an infected tick on Jannie while she sleeps. After jannie develops Lyme symptoms the man states his demand--or her daughter will be next. Jannie must convince her husband to publicly change his opinion about Lyme. But her marriage is already rocky. She's so sick she can hardly walk or think. And her husband denies that she has Lymes at all.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 143367162X
ISBN-13: 9781433671623
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Publisher's Description

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.


" . . . a taut, heartbreaking thriller . . . Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages. She'll gain new readers with this one . . ."

Publishers Weekly

"Over the Edge provides validation to any person who suffers from the long-term effects of Lyme Disease. While the story is based on Ms. Collins' own life experience, she builds a tense and dramatic novel that illustrates how a person can fall into the web of misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment."

New York Journal of Books

"This book stayed with me long after I put it down. Not only was it a page-turner, but the storyline about Lyme Disease was fascinating and eye-opening. I think Over the Edge will raise awareness about this horrible disease, and validate those who suffer with it."

Terri Blackstock, author of Predator and Intervention

"A frightening and all-too-real scenario. Very timely and meaningful book." (4 stars)

RT Book Reviews

"Over the Edge is an excellent mystery. [It] actively portrays the patient with the myriad symptoms seen in acute or chronic Lyme."

Dr. Nick S. Harris, president/CEO, IGeneX, Inc.

"Brandilyn Collins continues to impress . . . From start to finish, Over the Edge is a fantastic, multi-faceted novel."

The Christian Manifesto

"Five stars! Highly recommended: A real life witch-hunt scarier than any vampire or zombie tale . . . the parts of the book laying out spiritual phenomena were excellent, indeed among the best I've read."

Your Shelf Life

"Thrilling medical suspense . . . Over the Edge pits science against truth and will render readers shocked at what they learn."

Fresh Fiction

"Deep characters, an amazing plot . . . an absolute must read."

Read Great Fiction

"In this thrilling tale of vengeance . . . the pace is relentless, the suspense ramping up to greater levels as the pages fly by."

Mysterious Reviews

"The suspense is great! Reading a fictional tale about what every maligned, marginalized, and misunderstood Lyme patient has dreamt about in their darkest hours is such a huge mental come-uppance . . . a novel that hits a bull's eye in safely channeling the frustrations of the entire community of Lyme patients."


"This is my first Collins book; however it won't be my last! Her warm writing, true-to-life characterizations, compelling plot lines and taut suspense have made me a fan!"

The Suspense Zone

Author Bio

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is a three-time American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award winner and has also received Inspirational Readers' Choice and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice honors. The Writer magazine named her nonfiction release, Getting into Character, among 2002's best books on writing. Brandilyn and her family have homes in California and Idaho.

Publisher's Weekly

Bestselling author Collins, known for her Seatbelt Suspense, has a new publisher and a new mission--education--this time out. She taps into her personal battle with Lyme disease to create a taut, heartbreaking thriller. Janessa McNeil is the target for a deranged stalker intent on getting to her husband, Dr. Brock McNeil, a researcher who insists that chronic Lyme disease doesn't exist. His stance puts Lyme sufferers at the mercy of insurance companies who won't pay for long-term treatment and doctors who refuse to treat Lyme patients. Janessa, infected with Lyme, must battle the stalker's demands, her husband's denial that she's sick, his infidelity, and her enervating symptoms, while she struggles to protect her daughter, who may be the stalker's next victim. Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages. She'll gain new readers with this one, all of whom will begin searching for the ticks that cause Lyme as soon as they put the book down. (May) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Alberta, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An informative and intense book about Lime Disease
    October 10, 2012
    Alberta, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Brandilyn Collins continues to entertain her readers with suspense and real life believable characters. Through her own personal experience she creates an understanding of a very difficult disease that leaves you wondering how such suffering can exist with little support from the medical community.
  2. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lyme Wars Still Waging Today
    December 27, 2011
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For a high-rev book of suspense, revenge, and debilitating suffering, Brandilyn has brought a new level of intrigue in her book, Over the Edge. It's a story about the ‘Lyme wars'-the majority of doctors not believing it's chronic, i.e., Janessa McNeil's husband, Dr. Brock McNeil; the doctors that are Lyme-literate; and ultimately, the Lyme patients still suffering and dying.

    To force Dr. Brock McNeil to recant his stand publicly on Lyme, a deeply crazed, resentful man deliberately infects Janessa with Lyme, using several ticks smaller than a period (.) at the end of sentence, to expose him to the debilitating disease process. What the man didn't count on was the McNeil's rocky marital status, leaving little leverage for Janessa to change her husband's viewpoint. Problem was, this man planned to infect their daughter, Lauren, if the good Dr. wouldn't change his mind.

    The story rests on the exhausting, crippling sickness of Janessa, the threatening phone calls, and her cold, callous, unbelieving husband. It's unbelievable that a disease can be so devastating. The everyday activities most take for granted, become excruciatingly difficult and sometimes impossible for her. Brandilyn poured her heart and soul into the descriptive ramifications of the disease. They take on a life of their very own. You're fighting to breathe right along with Janessa during her ‘air hunger.' The fear is palpable. The danger is real.

    Yet through it all, as a new Christian, Janessa has to make a choice to trust God to work out the whole situation as she is extremely physically disabled. She basks in the truths she finds in the Psalms that lift her spirit and keep her hoping. She can't control the stalker or her straying husband, but God can handle both. He wants to do the same in your life.

    If you have loved ones or friends (even possibly yourself) with Lyme, encourage them and invest your life in them as much as possible. Even be willing to advocate for them where possible. Don't be afraid to talk candidly with your doctor, possibly even taking the information provided by Brandilyn. The door to receiving treatment is still shut for many suffering from Lyme. This is a disease everyone must take seriously, as the repercussions are enormous.

    This book was provided by B&H Fiction in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
  3. Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book
    November 22, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I bought several of these books as Christmas presents--such an excellent read. She wrote a gripping mystery as well as opens your heart to understanding and compassion for people in this type of situation without you hardly realizing it. She's a favorite author of my family in general, but this book is one of her very best! LOVE IT!
  4. Boise, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Quality suspense
    August 17, 2011
    Boise, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Over the Edge: A Novel - eBook.
    Brandilyn Collins' novels are touted as ‘seatbelt suspense', and Over The Edge is no exception, with a unique twist.

    Jannie McNeil is the wife of a renowned Lyme disease specialist. Or at least, what he calls Lyme—according to the CDC's incredibly narrow definition. Brock McNeil is vocal in speaking out against those who say they suffer from chronic Lyme, something he doesn't believe exists.

    Enter a bipolar man whose wife died from chronic Lyme and you have a recipe for a dramatic story that puts the life of Brock McNeil's wife and daughter in danger.

    Soon Jannie McNeil falls incredibly ill with Lyme. But does Doctor Brock rush to her aid? No. He thinks she's faking.

    I'll let you discover the ins and outs for yourself.

    If you want to read a story about a man who realizes everything he believes is wrong, you need to prepare yourself.

    If you want a story with a nice, typical (cheesy, boring) ending, you need to prepare yourself also.

    Because this book will twist you up and spin you around.

    Dramatic, and eye-opening, Over The Edge could easily be a True Story. All the stuff about the CDC, the medical insurance companies, the doctors who advocate either for or against chronic Lyme—it's all true. And Brandilyn Collins knows it, because she lived it. Yes, I'm jumping on the band-wagon, (not because I met Ms. Collins at a Writers' Conference in February 2011, and she's a super nice lady). 

    But because this book is just that compelling.

    You really feel for Jannie as you watch her whole life systematically fall apart at the worst possible time. It's like everything bad that could happen, all happens simultaneously. By the end of act 1 I was thoroughly hooked. I've read someone call that feeling a ‘PB&J night', because there's no way I'm putting this book down to make dinner. I'll remorselessly let them suffer reheating their own leftovers because my stomach is clenched, and my fingers flipping pages to find out what happens next.

    The plot looks like a pretzel, and the characters will provoke in you at once both devotion and abject hatred because he's so stupid he doesn't realize what he's throwing away. But the one who steals your heart is the daughter, Lauren.

    "Lauren plumped out her lips. "I see strange people every day. I'm in fourth grade.""

    In portraying the way it feels to have chronic Lyme, Collins doesn't go overboard so you're left thinking, ‘okay, I get it, it sucks to have Lyme'. It's a realistic presentation because of Collins' own experience. There's no research that can replace the intimate knowledge that comes from actually having had the disease.

    "Against the floor my cane made a hollow, indignant sound. The sound of my heart. My life."

    "My brain was nothing but a hole-riddled pan trying to hold water."

    Over The Edge uses a mix of first person (for the protagonist), and third person (for the police detective, and the antagonist), sounds weird, but it absolutely works. In fact, I found myself able to delve into Jannie's mind faster when I got to first person. Then when it switched with a scene or chapter break it made the bad guy's scene more eerie, because of the jolt.

    Bad language: None.

    Violence: a personal attack in the form of grabbing and shaking the person, and a gun-shot that kills. Neither explicit or overly gory.

    Sexual content: implied in relationships, but nothing ‘on camera'.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A chilling novel that will stay on your mind
    July 11, 2011
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Over the Edge: A Novel - eBook.
    A man unable to escape his bitter past conspires to subject medical researcher Dr. Brock McNeil and his family to the same torment he experienced - the reality of chronic Lyme Disease. Jannie McNeil becomes collateral damage of the Lyme Wars as the disease ravages her body and her mind, all while the chaos in her marriage to Brock likewise threatens to rip her world apart. Jannie's race to uncover the truth while trying to hold onto her sanity will leave you breathless.

    Over the Edge gripped me from page one, from the chilling madman bent on making others suffer, to the haunting portrayal of Jannie's sudden decline from Lyme. As with all of Brandilyn's novels, the dialogue was crisp, the scenes were vivid, and I found my emotions swept up in the character's lives. Not only was the story highly entertaining, but I learned about a frightening disease I previously knew nothing about. I pray I don't cross paths with a tick any time soon. This book will stay on my mind for some time, not only as I empathize for those struggling with Lyme Disease, but as I also ponder my own faith and whether I will cling to God as Jannie did, praising him during the good times, and also should my own world fall apart. Highly Recommended. 5 of 5 stars.
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