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.

My Comments: I had a very difficult time putting this book down, and I read it within 24 hours.  From the first page onward, I was hooked.  I do not know much about  Lyme Disease, although I was in a Bible study with a gal that has it.  She must have had it pretty much under control by the time I got to know her.  The symptoms, the disbelief and disagreement in the medical community shocked me!  I haven’t had the best treatment by the medical community (including insurance), but never have I experienced anything like this.

Collins definitely surprised me with her twists and turns.  She related to the mom in me very well and the desperateness of keeping children safe and healthy.  As far as I can tell, Collins also did lots of research as well as having the disease herself.

Over the Edge is a great and educational read.  I highly recommend it!

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