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The Edge of Normal (Reeve LeClaire #1)

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In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical twenty-two year old girl. She’s finally landed her own apartment, she waitresses to pay the bills, and she wishes she wasn’t so nervous around new people. She thinks of herself as agile, not skittish. As serious, not grim. But Reeve is anything but normal.

Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive. After a lucky esca
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published April 24th 2013)
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    Carla Norton The main character's scars speak to what she has suffered, but the abuse is never described in detail. There are brief scenes of girls being held…moreThe main character's scars speak to what she has suffered, but the abuse is never described in detail. There are brief scenes of girls being held captive, but without anyone else in the room. Most of the suspense comes from the dread of what might happen next, and what the criminal plans to do. Several reviews have mentioned that I've handled a difficult subject without sensationalism.
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    THE EDGE OF NORMAL is a thriller, a genre I've been reading more 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 more 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 year
    4.5 stars
    I appreciated this book so much more 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
    Diane S.
    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 au
    Patrice Hoffman
    The Edge of Normal is the first fiction novel written by Carla Norton. Immediately the plot sucks readers in with the failed attempt to move Reeve LeClaire from one hiding place to another ten years earlier. It's the perfect mix of irony and realism. I don't want to spoil it because I thought it was pretty good.

    The main plot in The Edge of Normal begins with Reeve speaking to her therapist Dr. Lerner. They discuss how much she's recovered since her abduction and captivity. Reeve isn't able to se
    Liz Wilkins
    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 predat ...more
    Unsolved Mystery
    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 grows up. 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)
    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 woe ...more
    Donna  Happy Booker
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    I'm not even exaggerating. It was AWFUL. And the story itself was almost a repeat of every single thing I hated about The Never List. Ugh. I'm so disappointed.

    Review soon.
    Mieke Schepens
    Het verhaal zit zó ontzettend goed in elkaar, je blijft maar doorlezen en gruwelen van hetgeen je leest. De dader is duidelijk aanwezig tussen de andere personages, hij heeft zich zelfs voorgesteld aan de lezer, maar wie hij nou eigenlijk is wordt pas later in het verhaal duidelijk.
    Deze auteur heeft de karakters heel geloofwaardig neergezet, wat de psychologische werking van dit verhaal nog vergroot naar mijn mening.

    Stap voor stap kom je dichter bij de waarheid terwijl je aan het lezen bent in
    Dit is een debuut thriller wat mijn aandacht kreeg bij het lezen van de quotes op het boek.
    Reeve is vroeger ontvoerd en jaren mishandeld en zij kwam vrij doordat zij verplaatst werd naar een ander onderkomen.
    Op een gegeven moment word Reeve gevraagd door de ouders van Tilly om hun dochter bij te staan die hetzelfde is overkomen. Zij gaat dit doen en geleidelijk aan wint zij het vertrouwen van Tilly, waardoor zij Tilly kan helpen haar trauma te verwerken, maar tevens ook haar eigen trauma.
    Norton does not give us an edge of your seat thriller or a psychological portrayal of a victim become vigilante. What we get is mystery with little action. What we get is the suspense of a whodunnit where we already know who the perp is so we also know that its just a matter of time before he is caught.

    Reeve at first is a sympathetic character but she has only slight flaws. There is nothing abnormal about her. Her flaws are shown as mild symptoms of PTSD; like hypervigilance (being acutely aware
    Ian Wood
    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

    I rated this novel WARTY! (and the audio verison wartier!)


    Read by Christina Delaine, and I have to say I'm appalled with her "performance" or whatever the hell these people claim it is they're doing when all they're really doing is jus
    I love a good thriller, especially one that's dark and disturbing, and lucky me as that's what I got when I picked up "The Edge of Normal." I can't even remember how I came across the novel but no matter as I'm so glad I did. Carla Norton ("Norton") weaves a dark and chilling tale about kidnapped children who are held for months and/or years; tortured, starved, and sexually abused at the hands of pure evil - evil that lurks behind the façade of those who walk among us. "The Edge of Normal," a br ...more
    Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
    You may also read my review here:

    Reeve LeClaire, formerly Regina, or “Edgy Reggie”, is now 22 years old, but when she was 12, she was kidnapped and held captive for 4 years. For six years now she’s been rebuilding her life. She loves her job at a sushi restaurant, and has been keeping regular appointments with Dr. Ezra Lerner, a therapist specializing in the psychological aspects of captivity. When the news breaks that a little girl, Tilly, has been rescu
    The concept was good. The writing was precise. But there was no suspense or passion to this story. It just sort of plodded along.
    Joop Liefaard
    Op het eerste gezicht is Reeve LeClaire een normale, opgewekte jonge vrouw. Ze woont in een leuk appartement en werkt met veel plezier als serveerster in een Japans restaurant. Maar schijnt bedriegt want als twaalfjarig meisje werd Reeve ontvoerd en vier jaar lang in een kelder gevangen gehouden door een sadistische pedofiel. Dankzij een voor haar gelukkig auto-ongeluk kreeg zij haar vrijheid terug en ze is er door de therapie van Dr. Ezra Lerner in geslaagd haar leven weer een beetje op de rail ...more
    Laurie Carlson
    I give this book a 5+ rating! Bravo to the author!!!
    Wow! This is an amazing book you DON'T WANT TO MISS READING! If you LOVE this genre, then you, like myself, may vote 'this book' as THE BOOK OF THE YEAR for this genre!
    The protagonist in this story is Reeve LeClaire, who went through hell and back when an abductor captures her. She is held captive in a stark, horrid, dark basement for about 4 years and suffers through severe abuse that is hardly imaginable. She makes an amazing escape on her ow
    I am such of fan of edgy suspense! And narrator Christina Delaine has the perfect husky alto voice to pull off all the parts. (I realized after I started that she also reads Chelsea Cain's suspense series, which I also like.) Reeve LeClaire escaped her kidnapper in a fluke accident 6 years earlier, and she's recovering. Not quite there but working on it with a good psychiatrist. When he asks her to talk with a young girl who also recently escaped her captor, she demurs at first, then agrees, as ...more
    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    The Edge of Normal is a chilling debut fiction novel by Carla Norton, best known for her true crime expose, Perfect Victim: The True Story of "The Girl in the Box". Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, it is being published in most major markets.

    Regina Victoria LeClaire was twelve when she was kidnapped and held prisoner for nearly four years by a sexual sadist. Her escape was miraculous but at twenty two, Reeve, as she is now known, is still struggling to overco
    Reeve LeClaire has been forced to rebuild her life with a new name, new location, and attempts at "normal" life. Reeve was kidnapped when she was twelve and held captive for nearly four years by a sadistic pedophile rapist. She has physical, emotional and mental scars that she is still learning to overcome. She knows that she may look normal, but that appearances are often deceiving. She is easily frightened and often nervous in new situations and around new people. Six years after her abduction ...more
    Stuff I Read - The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton Review

    I'm not sure if this really qualifies as a Stuff I Read, because I technically listened to the book on tape (or audio recording, because it was CDs). But close enough. The book played out in true crime thriller fashion, with the protagonist outsmarting the police in finding out what was going on and placing herself in the middle of the action even as she grew beyond her own damage to become less a victim and more a survivor. It was entertai
    I found this book to be a good, solid read. There seem to be a slew of books about kidnapped girls coming out recently (and in the near future), probably due to recent cases in the news. And since I'm personally fascinated with the psychological experience of abduction and abuse, I'm naturally interested in reading these sorts of books. And this one is a good one.

    My primary disappointment with this book is that I wish there had been more about the psychological aspects of the kidnapped girls. Al
    Trish at Between My Lines
    Warning – Do not read The Edge of Normal home alone or you will terrify the life out of yourself! I was skitty and jumpy after reading this and ready to leap out of my skin at any unexpected noise. Or being honest, even expected noises. My phone rang beside me at one stage and I was so engrossed in the book that I startled a little and answered the call with a timid, squeaky voice!

    My Recap:

    Reeve LeClaire is a survivor. She survived being kidnapped and held captive for four years between the ages
    Kathy Martin
    Reeve LeClaire has been rebuilding her life for six years. She was kidnapped as a twelve-year-old and kept captive for almost four years. During that time she was beaten, starved, tortured and sexually abused. She is still seeing the same psychiatrist that she has been seeing since she was freed. Dr. Lerner is a noted expert famous for helping people who have been held captive. When he gets a call the sends him to Northern California to help another 12-year-old who was just freed from captivity, ...more
    Mit 12 wurde die Kindheit von Reeve LeClaire jäh beendet, denn sie wurde entführt und missbraucht. Nach mehreren Jahren erst gelingt es ihr zu fliehen. Heute ist sie 22 und hat die Erlebnisse noch immer nicht überwunden. In der Umgebung gibt es drei weitere solcher Fälle, in den die Mädchen noch vermisst werden. Als die kleine Tilly, nach einem Jahr Gefangenschaft und Missbrauch, befreit wird soll Reeve ihr helfen. Doch dadurch gerät Reeve immer tiefer in die Ermittlungen und somit auch ins Vis ...more
    A Horrifying Account of the Damage Done to a Young Girl by Being Kidnapped and Tortured

    Reeve LeClaire was kidnapped at age twelve and held prisoner for four years by a sadist who raped, tortured and starved her. She was lucky to be rescued. Now at twenty-two, she's trying to put her life back together. She's still very fragile, but when another young girl is rescued from a similar situation, Reeve agrees to mentor her.

    But Tilly Cavanaugh's rescue is only part of the solution. Three girls have di
    This is a quite thrilling debut novel! The present tense - consistent across the various viewpoints - amplifies the tension throughout the book. It’s easy to become absorbed in the story from its very first pages. The protagonist, a true survivor once named Regina Victoria, has changed her name to Reeve in celebration of her fresh start (as well as to hide from the media), certainly makes for a sympathetic heroine. The assorted other characters, for the most part, feel realistic. Unfortunately, ...more
    Dieser Thriller liest sich spannend und hebt sich von der Masse ab. Die Hauptfigur ist ehemaliges Opfer und kein Ermittler, wie man ihn sonst in Thrillern findet. Auch das Thema ist gut umgesetzt, denn obwohl der Täter ein sadistischer Pädophiler ist, wird genug Distanz gewahrt, um den Leser nicht zu überfordern, aber es gibt gleichzeitig genügend Nähe zum Thema, um den Thriller dennoch schockierend und spannend darzustellen.
    Besonders für Leserunden finde ich das Buch interessant, weil man
    The Edge of Normal is a really good first novel. The subject (young girls kidnapped and held) is from current headlines; the author does a great job telling the story mainly from the viewpoint of a young woman, Reeve LeClaire, who is a survivor of being held for four years, repeatedly raped and tortured and who was freed because of a car accident. Reeve is asked to consult with a newly freed young girl since she has experienced what Tilly and her family are going through with the media, the poli ...more
    I received this from the Goodreads giveaway. Overall it was enjoyable to listen to, though at times some of the characters were read to sound perhaps a little stupider than they should have been. The build was slow in the story, and the tension grew nicely so that by the end it was exciting. It was nice to see Reeve's journey from victim to survivor, from someone who sat back and allowed events to happen to her, to someone who took matters into her own hands. I have sort of mixed feelings about ...more
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