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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 esc
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published April 24th 2013)
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    Carla Norton The Edge of Normal is written in third. Several years ago, I wrote an unpublished novel in first, but found that too limiting. I prefer using multiple…moreThe Edge of Normal is written in third. Several years ago, I wrote an unpublished novel in first, but found that too limiting. I prefer using multiple POVs, getting inside the heads of various characters, particularly the protagonist and antagonist. This seems to me the best way to let the reader follow the action (unlike a traditional whodunnit, which keeps the bad guy clocked until the final act). Thank you so much for your question!(less)
    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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    Liviania

    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
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    Jo
    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
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    ☔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
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    Unsolved Mystery
    Jul 19, 2015 Unsolved Mystery rated it 5 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Suspense lovers
    Recommended to Unsolved Mystery by: Won in a giveaway

    - 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 w
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    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
    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
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    Raven
    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
    Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
    You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2013/08/...

    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
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    Donna  Happy Booker
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    Worst.Audio.Narration.Ever.

    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.
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    Pupottina

    The Edge of Normal

    “So chi sei. So cos’hai sofferto. Perché io sono come te. Ma quello che so non basterà a salvarti.”
    Qual è il limite della normalità? Se lo chiede spesso Regina Victoria LeClaire, la ragazzina rapita a dodici anni e tenuta prigioniera per quasi quattro. A 22 anni ha cambiato legalmente il proprio nome in Reeve, per cercare di superare il suo passato di vittima e gli assalti mediatici che hanno caratterizzato il suo ritorno a casa.
    Reeve ci prova con insistenza ad essere come le
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    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
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    McKenzie
    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
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    Sonja
    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.
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    Rick
    The concept was good. The writing was precise. But there was no suspense or passion to this story. It just sort of plodded along.
    Linda Strong
    Reeve is a kidnap survivor. She also survived being raped and tortured for 4 years, from the age of 12 to 16, before she was rescued. Several years have passed and she is still trying to put her life together.

    A short trip away, three young girls are missing. One is found and located ... she , too, has been raped and tortured for over a year. Reeve's psychiatrist has been called in to talk to the family and victim as he is the foremost expert in these kinds of situations. This time, he is asking
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    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
    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!)

    (spoilers)

    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
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    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
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    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
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    Pamela
    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
    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
    Deborah Blanchard
    INCREDIBLE BOOK!

    This book is an absolute page turner. It is filled with suspense and sometimes difficult subject matter, but it is a must read! You will find it difficult to put down. It captures you from the first page until the very last one. I just had to read this book since I had received a copy of the second book to review prior to its release later this year. This book is extremely well written, with incredible character development. This is an absolute must read for all who love drama, m
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    Judy Collins
    Since I tend to read primarily new and upcoming new releases, I often find a new release so good, am quickly going back to purchase the author's previous books.

    After finishing an ARC of Carla Norton’s upcoming powerful and intense psycho-thriller (6/30/2015) What Doesn’t Kill Her (Reeve LeClaire Series, #2) —was so intrigued, with the author, the style, characters, and the enthralling series, immediately afterwards, purchased the audio, THE EDGE OF NORMAL (Reeve LeClaire Series, #1), curiou
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    Susanhayeshotmail.com
    Made a hit and run visit to the library in search of a fast and easy read, chose this solely on the cover and the review blurbs on the back. Ever mindful that those blurbs are more advertising than reviews my expectations were fairly low but I was in the market for a quick reading bit of brain candy. This was much better than that. The fifth star may be a little over enthusiastic, a kind of rapturous exuberance over getting more than expected but I did find the plot compelling, the criminal rath ...more
    Mary Latela
    Carla Norton's Gifts Shine in Suspense Thriller
    Carla Norton has written an intensely compelling suspense thriller about the people impacted by the crimes of kidnapping, captivity, torture. Her villain is despicable. Reeve, a victim who was freed ten years earlier, is still working through the trauma of her ordeal. The focus, and the amazing thrill of this story, is that Reeve is strong. Her perceptions, her heightened awareness of danger, her first steps to recovering empathy and connection with
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    Cindy
    The edge of normal is het derde boek van Carla Norton. Inmiddels uitgegeven in het Engels, Duits, Italiaans, Nederlands en Japans. Het Nederlandse boek kreeg de titel: Langs de afgrond.
    Reeve LeClaire, 22 jaar, worstelt nog dagelijks met haar verleden. Ze is tien jaar geleden ontvoerd en toen vier jaar lang gemarteld. Haar gesprekken met Dr. Lerner, expert op het gebied van ontvoeringstrauma, heeft ze inmiddels afgebouwd naar een keer in de week. Als de dertien jarige Tilly bevrijd wordt uit han
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    Jodi
    A fantastic novel, particularly the development of Reeve's character. From the first page, in which Norton gave a good impression of what had happened to Reeve through a description of her appearance, I was hooked. Other characters, especially the villain and Tilly, the girl Reeve was asked to mentor, are also quite well-developed.

    Norton manages to realistically convey the horrors these young women suffered and the sadism of the kidnappers without wallowing in or sensationalizing the details. I
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    Penelope Bartotto
    Prepare yourself to be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride when you read The Edge of Normal. Carla Norton dives into the world of fiction with a novel that has an intense impact on anyone with a heart and a soul. Known for her true crime writing, she brings that attention to detail and distinct knowledge into the story of Reeve LeClaire.
    Reeve is a victim on her way to becoming a survivor, the hurdles that still haunt her are slowly fading into the past with the aid of her psychiatrist. Dr.
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    Joyce
    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
    Vivian
    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
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