Advance reader reviews of The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton.

The Edge of Normal

By Carla Norton

The Edge of Normal
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2013,
    320 pages.

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  • Judy K. (Oshkosh, WI)


    What is Normal?
    The literary style of this book is amazing.

    This book is one that I was afraid to read because of the psychological insight of a thriller. I was ready to read with one eye closed.

    The Edge of Normal is about a young girl who is trying to get her life back after a kidnapping. She finds that helping others also helps herself. This book is a thriller and does keep you guessing on how life will go on when a tragedy does strike.

    I was able to read with both eyes open. The thriller was not as scary as I expected. Though, some of the details, I was uncomfortable reading. This book would be a good book club read. It has many issues in the book that one can dig out and discuss.
  • Sandy S. (Sycamore, IL)


    Excellent Reading
    I enjoyed reading this book very much. It kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. It was one of those books you just couldn't put down. I will be watching to see if she comes out with another book.
  • Linda S. (Carlsbad, CA)


    The Edge of Normal
    Unfortunately, the first half of the book did not grab my attention. The characters were not that well developed, and in spite of the subject matter, not particularly sympathetic. Identifying the perpetrator in the beginning of the book is not my favorite style of writing for mysteries/thrillers. However, about half way through the book I was curious as to how the perpetrator would be caught. His capabilities and modus operandi were not that believable. The plus for the book is making the reader more aware of the issues regarding missing and exploited children and how these children and their families deal with the trauma.
  • Sharon A. (Tierra Verde, FL)


    Can't Wait For Her Next Book!
    I haven't read such a good psychological thriller in a long time. The reader is hooked from the first page. The author keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next shoe to drop, the next twist in the plot. The characters walk right off the page. It was a book I couldn't put down, wanting to know what happens next and the author keeps you guessing. There were lots of characters, but the writing style of the author made them easy to keep track of. The use of real people that experienced a similar kidnapping gave credence to the the author's plot, letting the reader identify with what they have read in the news. Maybe there is another story to come about a more adult Reeve and her future career as a professional working with victims. Can't wait for the movie!
  • Juliet F.


    Gripping and gratifying!
    This could be my favorite thriller of 2013! I was initially afraid that the subject matter would be too disturbing, but the writing is superb and the plot is so well drawn, I simply couldn't stop reading it. The way that the main characters' psychology is portrayed was also very fascinating. I absolutely enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller!
  • Barbara L. (Novato, CA)


    Who could be normal?
    I was excited to receive my copy of The Edge of Normal. I love psychological suspense novels and this one delivers. Reeve LeClaire is trying very hard to get back to "normal" with the help of her therapist, after escaping from four years of terror and abuse in captivity. When she is asked to help another rescued kidnapping victim, she unwittingly puts herself in the sights of another "Monster".

    The writing in this novel is short and to the point, as are the chapters. This really works to keep you rapidly turning the pages, promising yourself - just one more chapter.

    You will love this damaged, but very determined character as she moves out of her own limited comfort zone to help another try to return to normal. I read this in one day - devouring the pages as fast as I could.
  • Amy H. (Benbrook, TX)


    Outstanding Thriller!
    I absolutely loved this book. From the first chapter I was hooked on Reeve, and when I wasn't reading about her I worried about what was happening to her and the other girls in the story! I loved the main character (Reeve) and found her story very compelling. She is an intelligent women, wounded by past events but has overcome to be one tough broad - my favorite type of female protagonist. Book clubs will love this novel, because there are so many layers that the discussions will be very interesting. This book probably isn't appropriate for younger readers due to adult content but any adult who loves mysteries and thrillers will enjoy this great read.
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