Over the Edge

Over the Edge 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 fie

  • Title: Over the Edge
  • Author: Brandilyn Collins
  • ISBN: 9781433671623
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.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.

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    1. Brandilyn Collins is a new author I have discovered recently and she has definitely creeped into my favorite's list. This is the second book I've read of hers and Over the Edge was a fantastic read!I loved the suspense and thrilling storyline. This book was so hard to put down some nights and I lost some sleep, but it was worth it!Jannie, or Janessa, the main character in this book, is a sufferer of Lyme disease. I never knew much about the disease until I read this book and let me tell you I le [...]

    2. “Seatbelt Suspense- Don’t Forget to Breathe”—the tagline ain’t a joke folks! I think I lost air several times while reading this book.I have never come into contact with Lyme disease, but I had heard of it prior to reading the novel. From the very beginning, this book gave me the strongest premonition I had contracted the disease. The author lived through this disease, she knows she is talking about—and it shows on the page. Not only was the writing vivid, it was paired with a myster [...]

    3. This book started out with a horrible scenario - imagine while you were sleeping someone comes into your house, walks past your daughter's bedroom and enters your bedroom. He then places Lyme infected ticks in your hair - without you even knowing he had been there - that's what happened to Janessa McNeil.'Over The Edge' opened my eyes to Lyme disease. I knew little to nothing about Lyme disease and what people who have it go through before reading this book. I have read most of Brandilyn Collins [...]

    4. As a patient stuck in the Lyme wars I'm so glad a book was written about it from a fictional stand point. Each of us have at one time or another "wished" Lyme on the very people and Drs who refute our sickness. Ms. Collins asked to use my Lyme story on her website "Lyme Over The Edge" and it was an honor to be able to help raise awareness. The sad part is while this book is fiction, everything about it is real. The description of symptoms and the fight for validation finally put into words what [...]

    5. Not my typical sort of book, nor subject I generally enjoy, but it was still a good book.This was a suspenseful book about a man who suffered with his wife's Lyme disease until her death, due to the inadequate CDC tests for Lyme disease. They don't include testing for many bands that would conclude a positive result. Thereby, their limited testing can read negative for Lyme, and proper medication isn't offered or accepted by insurances.Since this man made it his mission to bring to light the pro [...]

    6. Well, I stayed up way too late reading last night. The culprit: Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins. This soon-to-be-released novel focuses on the plight of Chronic Lyme Disease sufferers.Over the Edge tells the harrowing tale of Janessa McNeil. Janessa's husband is a highly respected doctor and researcher at Stanford. His specialty is tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme. For years, he's insisted that Chronic Lyme Disease doesn't exist. His research and testimony have helped to create a climat [...]

    7. I review books based solely on my personal entertainment. Nothing more. Like most people, I read to escape, to share in another's story. In the case of Over the Edge, I read it because I have Lyme Disease and I'm now in the middle of the Lyme Wars. It's a crazy world for Lyme sufferers and Ms. Collins captured that perfectly. While I was uncomfortable reading the scenes where the protaganist suffered from her symptoms, I knew it was necessary. This book is enjoyable for both Lyme sufferers and t [...]

    8. There were a few things this suspense had going for it. This was the first time I'd heard much about Lyme Disease and anything at all about the Lyme Wars and I was not surprised to learn that the author has suffered from the disease. She captures the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease and the difficulties patients face extremely well. It's also very apparent that her faith is important to her and though I may not choose to follow the same way, I thought she incorporated it well into the story. [...]

    9. Janessa is married to a highly respected research physician named Brock McNeil. He's a Lyme Disease researcher. He doesn't believe in chronic Lyme Disease. He believes that patients should be healed after four weeks of antibiotics.When Janessa is not feeling well for three weeks, she asks Brock if she could be infected with Lyme Disease. He thinks it's nonsense. They haven't been in the woods or anywhere else where ticks can be found.What Janessa and Brock don't know is that a couple of months e [...]

    10. Janessa is intentionally infected by ticks carrying Lyme disease and codiseases. She is the wife of highly respected Dr. Brock McNeil, teacher and researcher, single-minded in his goal to prove that Lyme disease is easily treatable and does not create a long-term debilitating condtion. The man who snuck into their home to infect Janessa lost his wife to the disease due to the medical community and the insurance companies believing McNeil theories/researches. He is determined to pressure Janessa [...]

    11. A psychological thriller. The young wife of a well known research scientist specializing in Lyme Disease awakens one night when her husband is away. She sees a man wearing night goggles in her room but only vaguely remembers the event in the morning. The man starts phoning her informing her he has infected her with Lyme disease. When she begins having symptoms her husband refuses to believe her. He has been having an affair with a co-worker and believes she is responding to his affair by faking [...]

    12. Great book. Collins experienced Lyme Disease, so she writes about it from a very realistic POV. Long before the end of the book, I was researching the Lyme Wars, and was able to verify that they do indeed exist, and that many patients are caught in the crux of this. Collins is able to create a great deal of empathy for the protagonist, Jannie McNeil, wife of Dr. Brock McNeil. At the same time that the reader is learning about the very real problems of Lyme Disease sufferers, suspense and plot tw [...]

    13. When I heard Brandilyn Collins was writing a book about Lyme disease I was thinking, “How is that going to work? It can’t be good.What is she thinking!?!?!” Well, guess what? I was so wrong. Yet again, Brandilyn Collins gives us one wild ride. From the beginning she captures your attention and doesn’t let go until the very end. Janessa McNeil is probably a typical doctor’s wife, she takes care of the home, puts much of her energy into raising their daughter and dealing with the demons [...]

    14. This is such a great book! I could hardly put it down because the action just kept going from chapter to chapter. I flew through the pages. I was sucked into Jannie's story and physical struggle so much that I could feel what she was feeling. I was unaware of the Lyme Wars, so I found it informative and fascinating. It's incredible to know there are people suffering with Lyme who aren't being helped. What an eye-opening story.

    15. I think this may be her best book. Learned a lot about Lyme disease. Great way to learn facts inserted into a great suspenseful mystery. i did kind of figure out the culprit, but was really thrown from the path a couple times towards the end. Highly recommend this one. there is also a lot of helpful links and material to help with anything concerning this terrible illnesses.

    16. Well paced and entertaining read. The real kicker with this book is its treatment of Lyme Disease. Read it if you want be entertained. Read it if you want to be informed. Read it an be moved.

    17. Brandilyn's on top of her game in this one. Very compelling. An issue novel that doesn't feel like an issue novel and has Brandilyn's seatbelt suspense woven through its pages.

    18. AMAZING book!!! It was sogood I loved it. There was mystery and sadness and creepy was it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19. Wow. This bookjust wow.When I was a sophmore in college, I noticed a bulls-eye red spot where I had been bitten by a tick. It constantly itched and bothered me, but I was a full time college student in addition to working two jobs. I had grown up checking for ticks every night and knew the dangers, but I was so busy, so exhausted, that I was oblivious to the signs.I got up at 4:00 every morning to work in the cafeteria before class and went straight to my second job, at a mortgage company, when [...]

    20. In 'Over The Edge', Dr. Brock McNeil leads a dream life - he's happily married and is a well-known researcher and professor at the Stanford School of Medicine. However, his highly publicized research and symposium speeches on Lyme disease lead to many enemies. One of them is hell-bent on making Brock eat his words by infecting his wife, Janessa with Lyme disease. As Janessa fights to save her life and marriage, the question is whether she'll succeedThe story was incredibly riveting from the begi [...]

    21. I had never heard of the “Lyme Wars”. I did not know that there were physicians that discounted Chronic Lyme Disease altogether, and that there were 1000’s of Chronic Lyme Disease sufferers who have gone untreated. I did not know that there was a bitter discourse between scientists who claimed that the disease does not exist as a chronic illness and those whose research shows the exact opposite. This book sheds a whole new light on the debate. It reveals a breakdown in the careful diagnosi [...]

    22. Amazing, totally suspensefulThis book gives you an amazing look at Lyme disease and the toll it takes on its victims. The agonizing pain and effects were expertly depicted, so well that it could have only been given by one who had experienced the symptoms. The ending was a complete surprise and kept the suspense going until the last page. Well done!

    23. Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook.I found the plot and characters fascinating, but the narrator of the audiobook made the main character seem helpless and pitiful and the villain unbelievably dramatic. I think this was largely the narrator's interpretation, but it was annoying. I did enjoy the plot twists and trying to figure out who the culprit was.

    24. I really enjoyed this book. I typically like learning about diseases and illnesses so that part of the book was interesting to me as well. It isn't much of a mystery but definitely has suspense. I really liked the story and the characters. There are no bad words or sex scenes, some Christian content but I didn't feel it was forced or too overly done. I would recommend this book!

    25. A real page-turner about the subject of Lyme Disease. Good introductory info about the controversial subject of Lyme and its co-infections by an author who has experienced the disease firsthand and all the complications surrounding the diagnosis and treatment. Great book for care givers, friends and family of Lyme victims.

    26. An eye-opener for sure.Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Thanks for sharing this with all of us who enjoy a fact based story. This was a really good mystery- made me feel a kinship with Jannie and kept me guessing until the end. Thanks Ms Collins.

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