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.
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is a three-time American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award winner and has also received Inspirational Readers’ Choice and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice honors. The Writer magazine named her nonfiction release, Getting into Character, among 2002’s best books on writing. Brandilyn and her family have homes in California and Idaho.
This was an awesome book that I could not put down! I guess you could call it a medical thriller with a cause.
For years, Dr. McNeil fought to prove that Lyme disease is nothing more then a fabrication or a myth. Time and time again, he has done research, published papers, and whatever else to make his case known.
However, Lyme disease isn’t the boogie man hiding under the bed. It is in fact a very real disease. And every day, people are going undiagnosed because the medical community refuses to believe its real.
One sufferer had decided to take matters into his own hands. He snuck into the McNeil house and infected Janessa with the disease. He then calls her to tell her that she has only a few days to convince her husband to back down or he will come back in and infect their daughter. However, he didn’t take into account that Dr. McNeil was a jerk and no longer cared about anyone but his research.
This book really hit home with me. Lyme disease isn’t the only controversial disease out there. I don’t know why doctors refuse to see the reality of what patients go through. It took me 10 years to finally get diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis only to be told that they don’t actually treat it. Thankfully, it only took another 5 years before I found a doctor who did treat it. And this is an autoimmune disease that is easily proved with a simple blood test. I would hate to think about all those diseases out there that can’t be proven with a blood test. All those millions of sufferers of various things that are being told on a daily basis by the medical community that it is all in their heads.
This book comes out on May 1st, just in time for Lyme Disease Awareness month. I actually learned a lot about the disease by reading this book.
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