Over the Edge
5 out of 5
Back of the book…
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.
The prologue of this book literally made my skin crawl. I found myself scratching my head throughout the reading. Tics in the hairline, your worst nightmare. Brandilyn Collins has an amazing ability to take something like Lime Disease and use it to scare you silly while at the same time educating you on the subject matter.
Without giving anything away…I thought I knew the answer to whodunit, and then there was a sudden crazy twist that made me completely change my mind. In the end I was right with my first assumption, but I literally did not know that for sure until the very end. That’s my kind of suspense!
On a serious note, the author’s note that follows the story is just as scary as the fictional story. This really is a disease that gets swept under the carpet. We need to whisk that carpet away and take a good look at what this is doing to our people. Ms. Collins includes some great resources for each of us to explore and educate ourselves on the subject matter.
* I received a copy of this book from netGalley for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own and may differ from others.