Monday, March 03, 2014

[Book Review] The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton


Andrea reviews THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Carla Norton (St. Martin’s Press Minotaur, 2013)

Twenty-two-year-old waitress Reeve LeClaire seems to be living a normal life for someone her age. She is paying her bills and living in her own apartment in San Francisco. Reeve wishes she wasn't so anxious around new people and is striving to outgrow her childhood nickname of “Edgy Reggie.”

Ten years prior, Reeve was kidnapped and held captive for four years, enduring any and every kind of torture imaginable. To deal with her PTSD, Reeve has been seeing Dr. Ezra Lerner, an expert in captivity syndromes, for the past six years after her escape. When young Tilly Cavanaugh escapes her abductor, Dr. Lerner enlists Reeve to help the younger girl deal and process her ordeal.

This is a harrowing story told from both the protagonist and antagonist’s points of view. Using both perspectives, readers will not believe the agony Reeve and other captives have endured, but yet, reading from Duke’s point of view will help readers see how calculating a killer can be.

Carla Norton has written a chilling novel about a horribly delicate subject matter. The story, although not for the squeamish, will suck readers in from the first page all the way to very end.

Andrea King, Poplar White Station Library

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