Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

There is a reason why Brandilyn Collins' trade mark is "Seatbelt Suspense" and her newest offering, Over the Edge, a thriller centering on the ongoing controversy surrounding Lyme disease, comes as close to a free fall into the Hinterland of suspense as just about any book I've come across on my fiction journey.

In true Hitchcockian style, Janessa McNeil, the young, beautiful wife of a famous doctor becomes a victim in her own home.  A would be killer is on the loose and our heroine must fight for her life.  The stakes are high, as Janessa must also protect her young daughter from this madman.  How can she maintain her sanity while her stalker clearly has the upper hand?  Who will believe her far fetched story over that of the experts: the medical community, who has ignored Lyme sufferers in lieu of their own agendas?  As Janessa's life hangs in the balance, tottering frighteningly close to the Edge,  she will have to dig deep into her personal reservoirs of faith and determination if there is to be any hope of victory.

I have been following Brandilyn's blog about Lyme disease called Lyme- Over the Edge, a forum where many sufferers of Lyme disease tell their (heart-breaking) stories.  These people are every bit as brave and determined as our heroine-  I urge everyone to check it out- I promise, you will never be casual about a tick bite ever again.  I wondered how someone could write a suspense thriller about Lyme: really, how sexy is that?  Never fear- actually, be very afraid, for Brandilyn will take you on the ride of your life.  It's her trademark.
Please read on for more information about Over the Edge; but be warned- you will not be able to pass this one by!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Over the Edge
B&H Books (May 1, 2011)
Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e..."®  Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is now working on her 20th book.

In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.


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.”

--Publishers Weekly

“Tense and dramatic. Holds its tension while following the protagonist in a withering battle.” –NY Journal of Books

“A frightening and all-too-real scenario. Very timely and meaningful book.” –RT Reviews

“If you know someone who suffers from Lyme, you need to read this compelling novel.” –Lydia Niederwerfer, founder of Lyme-Aware

If you would like to read the Prologue of Over the Edge, go HERE

Watch the book video:


Terri Tiffany said...

She spoke at a conference I attended last year and wow-- she was good!!!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Terri! I would love to hear her speak! I think she's amazing- In a league of her own.


The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like a fascinating book--Lyme disease? Wow.

Great post!

Karen Lange said...

I've not read any of Brandilyn's books. Yet. :) Thanks for the info; sounds like I need to pick up one of her books and get going!

Have a great weekend!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi there Golden Eagle! If you love suspense, this one is super! Yes, Lyme disease is pretty terrifying in itself, but Brandilyn's story line is quite brilliant- major page turner!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Karen, I think you'll really enjoy her style!
Blessings for a wonderful week end!