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January 18, 2014

THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton

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Elizabeth Smart meets Clarice Starling
Carla Norton
The Edge of Normal
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 10th 2013
Minotaur Books (first published June 1st 2013)
ISBN 1250031044 
 (ISBN13: 9781250031044)
edition language:English



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(from Goodreads)
In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty-two year old girl. She’s finally landed her own apartment, she waitresses to pay the bills, and she wishes she wasn’t so nervous around new people. She thinks of herself as agile, not skittish. As serious, not grim. But Reeve is anything but normal.

Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky escape, she’s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner. But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim—she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.

From the author of the #1 non-fiction bestseller Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box comes a novel that draws you into a chilling and engrossing world. With powerfully gripping characters and an ending that is a masterpiece of deception, Carla Norton's The Edge of Normal is a stunning debut thriller.

Perfect Victim: The True Story of "The Girl in the Box"Disturbed Ground

Thrillers seem to attract the attention of a lot of readers.  THE EDGE OF NORMAL is no different.
This book is a real eye opener and the bad thing is it happens all to often.   Molesters, kidnappers, and torturers of children.  Some are found alive, but psychologically still with their captor.
The author, Carla Norton shows two points of views, the villain's and the captive.
The villain is always just a little ahead of the detectives.  You never know his name.
The captive, Reeve LeClaire, sometimes called "Edgy Reggie"  has been in captivity for three years.  She was only freed because of a weird car accident.  She immediately went to the police. Not everyone would do that.
Reeve us now 22 years old, living in anonymity.  She looks nothing like the little girl that was on all the "Missing" posters.  That was six years ago and she isn't recovered completely. She now has a job and an apartment.  That would be pretty normal for anyone else.  Not for Reeve.
Dr. Lerner, Reeve's psychiatrist has learned of another little girl, Tilly, who has gone through pretty much the same ordeal.  Dr. Lerner thinks that Reeve may be able to help Tillie.  He asks Reeve  to travel across the country to see if she can help the girl and maybe herself, too.  There are two more missing girls, Abby and Hannah.  There's more going on with Tilly than is out in the open.  Could Tilly be the key to finding them.?
The author wrote in the possibility of romance for Reeve but it  never happened.  The romance in the story was about Reeve taking a chance.

 These girls went through some awful things that may take a long time to get over. They have to move on to become strong, trusting and productive individuals again.They do need professional help to move on.
The author wrote a sensitive book that is called fiction and yet it is so true. It's a  page turner, you're wanting to know what is happening next.    There are times when the author puts you on the edge of your seat wondering if the captives will come out alive.
This was one of those thrillers that you can't put down.  The minute you open the book, you're hooked.  Ms. Norton has written about a subject that is very important.  This is happening more and more everyday.  Not just children, but adults too.  Be aware of your surroundings and strangers.  Impress upon your children, without really scaring them, that the danger exists.  This book is one that will stay with you for a very long time.


I would give this book 5 KEY HOLES.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton from Booksparks Book Tours for my  opinion.  No other compensation too place.Purple Key Ring Clip Art.

(from Goodreads)
Carla NortonIs THE EDGE OF NORMAL inspired by true events? Absolutely. When a shocking kidnapping case first hit headlines, Carla Norton wedged herself between reporters and sketch artists to cover the trial, and later wrote PERFECT VICTIM with the prosecutor. The book made the reading list for the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times nonfiction bestseller.

Carla's debut crime fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, is inspired by that haunting true story. Her novel's protagonist is a 22-year-old survivor of kidnapping and captivity. She’s scarred, flawed, and psychologically unbalanced. But ‘Edgy Reggie’ has a hot sense of justice. And when called upon, she’s absolutely fearless.

Slated for release this September, THE EDGE OF NORMAL is already earning accolades: Jeffery Deaver says it's the "perfect blend of literary style, psychological insight and edge-of-the-seat thriller." Chevy Stevens calls it "a heart-pounding thrill ride that had me holding my breath to the end."

THE EDGE OF NORMAL won the Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery last year, and will soon be released in the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan. The novel is included in BUZZ BOOKS 2013 as one of the most anticipated books of the coming fall/winter season.

Carla's 2nd true crime, DISTURBED GROUND, is now available in ebook formats. This nonfiction thriller details the life and nine-murder-count trial of Dorothea Puente, a white-haired landlady who planted bodies in her rose garden.

Carla gives book talks, speaks at conferences, and has appeared on Larry King Live. When she's not writing books about crime, she writes essays and really bad poetry

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1 comment:

Carla Norton said...

What a wonderful review! I'm so glad you liked THE EDGE OF NORMAL, and I'm thrilled to hear that it had you hooked from page one!

All best wishes,

Carla Norton

P.S. Thanks for including the link to my website, too.