The Edge of Normal

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Is my fiction inspired by true events Absolutely THE EDGE OF NORMAL Thriller Award Finalist Royal Palm Literary Award Winner WHAT DOESN T KILL HER 2016 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award Winner, Genre Fiction 2016 FAPA President s Book Award Winner, Suspense Thriller genre.When a shocking California crime first hit headlines, Carla wedged herself between reporters and sketch artists to cover t

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  • The Edge of Normal
  • Carla Norton
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  • 05 November 2019

10 thoughts on “The Edge of Normal

  1. says:

    Carla Norton has worked as an editor, an author of true crime, and published a few books on the writing craft The Edge of Normal is her first piece of fiction and serves as a bit of a lesson on the difference between constructing an account from life and composing through the use of the imagination Many make the mistake of believing you can jump back and forth between the two but they are, in fact, distinctly unique literary enterprises, each requiring its own set of skills.Norton s fictional protagonist, Reeve LeClaire, was kidnapped several years ago She was held hostage by a sexual deviant and brutally abused Now free and on the road to recovery, Reeve has been asked to provide emotional support to a fresh victim of similar circumstance She agrees and swiftly finds herself going on the offensive working to track the perpetrator down.Victim turned vigilante thrillers are, at their base, studies of reinitialized strivings toward empowerment and draw their fascinations from a legitimate source of internal conflict Research is necessary in order to effectively relay the dynamic Norton had done some Yet at a certain point that knowledge has to be surrendered to the character one is writing This is how a personality is built This is how a history is fashioned There is, alas, a tendency in novice novelists to cling to this kind of information it is, after all, a product of many long hours of study, laboriously culled and they resist the hand off That happened in many places here, and is most apparent during the scene in which Reeve is attempting to convince her therapist she s knowledgeable on the subject of captivity syndrome Now I didn t doubt that she was until her author put her on the defensive And when she began to list the many experts she d read with her analyst supplementing additional names , I slipped straight out of the story to accommodate Norton s need to confirm her authority Not Reeve s authority, nor her therapist s authority, but my writer s authority and, really, who cares I m not your workshop instructor I m your reader What are you doing in my novel Add to this a troublesome habit of trading description for comparison he wasn t gangly and bespectacled, no, he simply looked like Bill Gatesor Mike Tyson, or Justin Bieber , deciphering critical twists ten pages after they happened nothing s going to kill suspense completely than discarding tension altogether , and certain places where she just didn t think things through if you know the sexual predator is kidnapping girls in outdoor settings, you probably wouldn t be going for a jog in the mountains to relieve your stress especially if you d been kidnapped before , and one winds up with a thriller one spends time arguing against than actually reading Or at least I did.Norton is a talented writer I can tell she takes this seriously Perhaps in time she ll draw some of those aforementioned distinctionsand relax enough on the fictional front to get out of her own way.

  2. says:

    THE EDGE OF NORMAL is a thriller, a genre I ve been reading of this year I blame GONE GIRL It s not that I loved GONE GIRL I just liked it , but that publishers are giving their thrillers of a push And why not Thrillers have a wide ranging appeal They re fast, but have to be clever to deliver twists They re driven by plot, but often require psychological depth.Reeve LeClaire was held captive for three years Her kidnapper was caught only because of a freak car accident Six years later, she s still recovering when her therapist asks her to travel across the country and speak to young girl, Tilly, who was recently rescued from her kidnapper He thinks it will help both Reeve and Tilly It does, but it soon becomes apparent that there s going on in Tilly s case, and that it isn t as open and shut as it seemed There s two other missing girls, Abby and Hannah, and Tilly could be the key to finding them in time.THE EDGE OF NORMAL switches between points of view, and it s a rare example of villain point of view done well The passages narrated by the villain reveal how he keeps staying one step ahead, when otherwise the plotting might fall apart The passages are also careful not to reveal his real name You know he s in other scenes, but it s often hard to guess which person he might be.I also liked that the book wasn t overly sensational This is Carla Norton s fiction debut, but she has a background in true crime writing Reeve and Tilly have been through terrible things, but the focus on them is not that terrible things happened, but how they re moving on Reeve keeps a secret for Tilly perhaps longer than she should, but it s clear she wants the girl to have as much control and trust as possible.I also like that unlike many thriller heroines, Reeve goes to the police pretty quickly She s laughed off, because the plot wouldn t work otherwise, but I like that she went to the authorities like a normal person Reeve gets a couple of potential romantic storylines, but they don t go very far since they aren t about perfunctory romance, but Reeve opening up to chance.THE EDGE OF NORMAL will leave you at the edge of your seat I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope Norton keeps on with this fiction thing THE EDGE OF NORMAL has fascinating, complex characters, a twisting, fast paced plot, and it lingers in the mind afterwards It s everything a good thriller should be.

  3. says:

    At the tender age of twelve Reeve LeClaire was abducted and kept for four years Now in her twenties she has a fragile stability getting flash backs shivering remembering being locked in the boot of a car Reeve has now started to rebuild her life visiting her psychiatrist Dr Lerner who is an expert helping a lot of kids that have been kidnapped Dr Lerner asks Reeve if she will help Tilly Cavanaugh who was kidnapped and rescued from a basement The story sent shivers right through me This is a debut thriller that realistically mirrors recent news headlines of captivity.What has made me shiver even today is that on the Good Morning Britian I read on the screen that a child is reported missing every 5 minutes

  4. says:

    Reeve had been held as a plaything for a sexual sadist for four long years It has taken her six long years under the care of Dr Lerner, her psychiatrist, before she could even begin to heal and get on with her life Even after that time she still has dreams and moments of panic When another young girl Tilly is rescued, held under similar circumstances, Dr, Lerner asks Reeve to help This is a good solid book, a hard book to read in many ways because of the subject matter but thankfully the author does not dwell on these scenes The best part of this story is without doubt the character of Reeve Of course I don t have the background to be fully informed but I did feel she embodied the different aspects of recovering from this type of trauma There was one part in this book that did not quite ring true, but all the same this is an exciting thriller.

  5. says:

    4.5 starsI appreciated this book so much than recent forays into grown up suspense think Gone Girl There were plenty of adult themes, but they weren t peppered with obscenities In other novels, I feel that using the f bomb every other word is extremely distracting, and while this book did use language, it did so in a seemingly natural way rather than a jarring one Aside from that, this book was extremely well done It had me on the edge of my seat biting my nails and flipping the pages as fast as I could on my Kindle The omniscient narrator worked well since we get a chance to see the bad guy up close and personal I think Carla Norton had a good handle on what it must be like inside a twisted and sadistic person s mind But she also nailed the mind of the victim or rather survivor I think Reeve would prefer to be called a survivor I liked Reeve a lot There were some things that were started like her ritual in getting to the doctor s office that seemed to magically disappear when she began talking to Tilly I would have liked to see her deal with her issues while reaching out to the family She was tough without being bitter, and that is a hard balance to write a character who has been affected but not warped by her mistreatment.This book deals with serious and disturbing issues so if things like sexual abuse of children bother you, you might want to skip this one But everything was handled well and really shines a light on missing girls and their experiences I can t wait to see what the author has in store for her next book.

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    The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton is a Minotaur publication set for release in September of 2013.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the DRC of this book.Reeve LaClaire is the survivor of kidnapping, rape, and torture She was held captive for over 3 years and now a decade later, she is still unable to live a normal life She is close to her father, but her sister has the shouldn t she be over it by now attitude Reeve also finds it difficult to be touched, to hold down a steady job, and to have friends, much less lovers.The media attention that has followed her since her abduction caused her change her name from Regina to Reeve The nasty moniker Edgy Reggie as she was dubbed after she was found is blessedly a thing of the past Dr Lerner is still her doctor after all this time When another young girl is found after spending a significant time imprisoned, Dr Lerner is consulted However, Tilly Cavanaugh s parents are reluctant to bring him on board due to his being a man They want to know if Reeve will come and visit Tilly and speak of her experiences with Dr Lerner Once Reeve agrees to see Tilly, a number of things begin to take shape First of all there are two other missing girls Tilly s kidnapper has been arrested, but there is no word from Tilly or the kidnapper Randy Vanderholt about the other girls.Tilly s experiences are remarkably like Reeve s The two girls bond uneasily at first, but eventually they are both able to open up about the horrors they both endured.Despite the arrest of Randy, things still don t seem to add up entirely Tilly may have information she had been concealing for the protection not only of herself, but her family as well But, once Reeve discovers Tilly s secret, she goes on a one woman mission to find the other girls and prevent kidnappings She is sure there is still at least one predator out there and he may be a wolf in sheep s clothing.This book explores the difficult topic of surviving the experience of being held prisoner, being tortured, and raped repeatedly over a period of years The psychological damage that one would have to live with on a daily basis, and the inability of others to relate to being that type of victim Families walking on eggshells, friends not knowing what to say or now to act around you, feeling distanced from the world as a whole The physical and emotional scars that linger.The first part of the book deals with the aspect of Tilly s reliance on Reeve and her attempt to gain back some normalcy in her life We also see law enforcement trying to gather as much information about the kidnapping and not really being all that sensitive to the victim or those trying to treat the girl We are of course shown the media barrage that follows in the aftermath Seeing your face of television, having the details of your experience splashed all over 200 cable channels, being analyzed and picked over However, not all the members of the press were unfeeling One member of the press was of great help in this case.The second part of the book deals with Tilly s startling revelation, Reeve being sworn to secrecy, and her own investigation The heart pounding conclusion was incredibly intense The recent headlines regarding the Ariel Castro kidnappings has this subject fresh in our minds But, this author has wrote true crime books about this subject a while back She draws on her expertise to bring us a taut, emotional, and terrifying novel Reeve, gets a new outlook on life after her experiences with Tilly and becomes a true hero.I would recommend this book to mystery thriller readers Be warned that the subject matter is emotional, but the author handled these subjects with delicacy and didn t put graphic descriptions in the book just for shock value The author writes the story as though we are living events right along with the characters This was very well written, suspenseful thriller I thing it deserves an A.

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    In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty two year old girl But Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive After a lucky escape, she s spent the last six years trying to rebuild her life, a recovery thanks in large part to her indispensable therapist Dr Ezra Lerner But when he asks her to help another girl rescued from a similar situation, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to mentor this young victim she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching every move.An excellent and addictive thriller due mostly to the accomplished portrayal of a victim in recovery a survivor, a woman who knows her own limits and sets out to test those limits when asked to help another girl in a similar situation Reeve is extremely likeable and very sympathetic, and so invested was I in her future that I could barely put this book down.When her therapist, Dr Lerner, asks for her help she is reluctant unsure if she is in the right headspace to be of any use and having finally managed to eek out an existance for herself that is out of the spotlight, ultimately she agrees to become a mentor for Cassie, a girl who has recently been rescued from captivity.As the relationship between the two girls develops, it becomes apparent that everything is not clear cut and that danger still lurks close by.It is rare to find a thriller that is as subtle yet sophisticated as this one the cleverly drawn relationship between Cassie and Reeve, the understated trust Reeve has with Dr Ezra Lerner, the way both she and Cassie react to the ongoing police investigation, all brilliantly compelling Then add to that mix a truly unsettling villain, the fate of other girls still missing and some truly edge of the seat moments and you have a perfect storm.Yes I loved this one Of all the wonderful thriller and crime fiction tales I have been reading lately this one touched my heart as well as made it go boom Highly Recommended.Happy Reading Folks

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    I received this book from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.This is a very emotional and raw thriller with gruesome detail so please be of mature audience.This book features a girl, Reeve, who has gone through sheer hell for a period of life and is recovering from that Just trying to get a grip on reality Then it happens again and Reeve is asked to help She can barely make it through daily life but now shes being asked to relive it to help Is it worth the little sanity she has The ultimate choice of right or wrong in a situation you never wanted to happen again This is real and heartbreaking So realistic, at some points I had to take a break in fear of my heart about to break Give this a try if you like suspense with plot twists Overall very great book.4.5 5 Stars

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    2013 has produced a plethora of fiction based on the theme of abduction, and the emotional and traumatic journey to recovery undergone by women held captive at the hands of abusers, and with the revelation of the Ariel Castro case in America, there is much to be said about art mirroring life Admittedly having read at least four with this theme last year with varying degrees of success, I was a little ambivalent at facing another, but thankfully The Edge of Normal has neatly circumvented the woeful plotting and laboured narratives of the others I have read this year, and really struck a chord in its depiction of Reeve St Claire as a survivor of long term abduction, and her journey back to life.Called upon to counsel and offer support to a young girl, Tilly, recently liberated from an abductor, Reeve quickly establishes a rapport with her, and through the careful coercion of her psychiatrist, Dr Lerner, not only builds on her own recovery but becomes intrinsically involved in the pursuit of Tilly s abductor Naturally, Reeve finds herself in danger as her utter determination to stop this particularly manipulative and brutal man, still holding another girl captive, and as the story unfolds the empathy we have established with this fragile young woman, becomes even potent Perhaps through the author s own professional experience of working with survivors of abuse, there is an extremely authoritative and authentic representation of Reeve s character and the hurdles she must overcome to survive the other side of her horrific experiences, and this for me was the most compelling aspect of the narrative Likewise, I found the characterisation of the abductor himself, an outwardly charming and professional man in a position of authority, who dispassionately manipulates other men to do his dirty work for him, extremely effective in the story I would question slightly how if Reeve would necessarily place herself in the extreme danger she does towards the close of the plot, but was than happy to suspend my disbelief, such was the strength of Norton s storytelling overall Compounded by the tentative relationship between Reeve and police detective Nick Hudson, which thankfully did not resort to some chocolate box resolution, and Reeve s continuing journey from her fragility as a victim to a self assured and confident woman, I found this a thought provoking and very engaging read.

  10. says:

    My Description Reeve Regina LeClaire was held captive for 4 years She was brutally raped, humiliated, and horribly tortured Through an accident, she was found alive and not well inside a car trunk After a lengthy trial, her captor Daryl Flint is sent to prison She sees a psychologist to help deal with the aftermath She changes her name She gets a job She s better now She s almost normal Years pass Then young females begin to disappear Tilly Cavanaugh is found alive and not well inside a dark and hidden basement She was brutally raped, humiliated, and horribly tortured A mirror image to Reeve Her captor Randy Vaderholt is sent to the local jail He s just a puppet for the true captor A man of many puppets Who is this mysterious man How many young girls will be abducted Will they be found alive My Review How could this one not be given a solid 5 I enjoyed it immensely This felt so real This book was very visual It was full of atmosphere, intrigue suspense Ohh my

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