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Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...a creatively penned, heartbreaking thriller ripped from the front lines of the intense medical debate and the author’s own personal battle with Lyme’s."

Janessa McNeil’s perfect life is about to come to a crashing halt. An embittered man sets out to make a dramatic point and disprove her husband’s research, Dr. Brock McNeil, by giving him an up-close and personal view of the very disease he claims can be quickly healed! In the dark of the night, he infects McNeil’s wife, Janessa, with an extremely virulent form of Lyme’s disease and then gives her an ultimatum: force her husband to reverse his stand on Lyme’s publicly or their daughter will soon be the next patient.

Janessa’s obstacles are plentiful: she is so sick that she has great difficulty moving and thinking, her marriage is on sinking sand and Brock is denying that she has the disease at all. She finds minimum support for her claims because hints of insanity abound and a perceived attempt to seek revenge on her husband by playing sick.

Over the Edge is a creatively penned, heartbreaking thriller ripped from the front lines of the intense medical debate and the author’s own personal battle with Lyme’s. Both eye-opening and heart wrenching, Over the Edge, is an overwhelming affirmation to any who suffers from the long-term misdiagnosis, ineffective treatment and lingering effects of Lyme’s disease.

Brandilyn Collins is a consummate storyteller and wordsmith. The unfathomable journey of Jannie McNeil (in the first person) is contrasted with the third person narrative of the tortured victim turned terrorist who is pursuing her with a vengeance. The pain-filled struggle to live a normal life draws the reader into her daily battles with this unexpected illness and her mindset of just one more breath . . . one more step . . . or even one more word!

It should go without stating that Collin’s characters are richly, real-life believable, but I will . . . for the record. Her stories are always more than entertainment. You will not walk away from her stories without some redeeming impact on your life. In the case of Over the Edge, you’ll develop an empathy for those who suffer and a deeper knowledge of Lyme’s disease.
Once again, Collins has penned a frightening and disarming scenario within these pages. She is indeed the queen of Seatbelt Suspense!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.