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The Edge of Normal

(Reeve LeClaire #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,124 ratings  ·  508 reviews
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
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 Several years ago, I wrote an unpublished novel in first, but found that too limiting.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 Several years ago, I wrote an unpublished novel in first, but found that too limiting.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)
Donna This is what I so loved about Carla's books, she never goes into graphic details, just leads us to imagine what could/may have happened. Thank you for…moreThis is what I so loved about Carla's books, she never goes into graphic details, just leads us to imagine what could/may have happened. Thank you for that Carla. (less)

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Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
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.

Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Diane S ☔
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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,
Liz Barnsley
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense lovers
Recommended to { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } 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
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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.
Patrice Hoffman
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Heather Stowell
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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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
Linda Strong
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept was good. The writing was precise. But there was no suspense or passion to this story. It just sort of plodded along.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just had to pick up The Edge of Normal since I heard that it is in the works for an upcoming movie. I'm sort of working my way backwards. I read What Doesn't Kill Her first (see my review) and was really taken with it. I wanted to know more about the main character of Reeve.

Reeve had been abducted and held hostage by an unbalanced wacko for four years. You can only imagine how stilted and withdrawn that she becomes after a chance rescue. Carla Norton could have left her in a fetal position.
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 ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good one. Lots of brutality though. The ending was excellent.
Laurie Carlson
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANY fan of Psychological Suspense Thriller
Recommended to Laurie by: NetGalley
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
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
Kathy Martin
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adrenaline, crime, audio
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
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a well written psychological thriller. It follows Reeve LeClaire who was kidnapped at 12 and tortured physically and sexually for 4 years. She was left with emotional and physical scars and has been seeing therapist Dr. Ezra Lerner since her rescue. Now at 22 she is still struggling with living in the real world and depends a lot on Ezra.

When a girl that had gone through the same thing she had is found Ezra ask her to help her. At first she is hesitant but once she gets there and talks
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reeve is a survivor. She survived being kidnapped and held captive and abuse. She is healing. Now, another girl has escaped captivity from another sadistic abuser and her therapist asks if she will talk to Abby and help her. Only there are two other girls missing and everyone wants answers.

I really liked this book, I wasn't sure at first. I had many questions about what was happening but I really liked Reeve so I kept going and I am glad I did.

The story was complex and interesting even if it did
Deborah Blanchard

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,
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow! Definitely an author to keep tabs on such a good story! I could not put the book down Can't wait to read book 2!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up because I saw so many glowing reviews from my goodreads friends, so I went into it with very high expectations.
I enjoyed the read, the writing was good (some details are really impressive, I don't remember any to quote but it reminded me a little of how Stephen King sets some background for every minor character, which is something I admire)
Reeve is a likable MC, maybe she's a little too well, after what she's been through I would expect her to be more shattered, but she's
Cassidy Kristiansen
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit
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),
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*WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER: 2016 PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award Winner, Genre Fiction. 2016 FAPA President's Book Award Winner, Suspense/Thriller genre.

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