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Book Review: The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton (Reeve LeClaire #1)

Star Rating: 5/5
Title: The Edge of Normal
Author: Carla Norton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
 Pages: 360
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Abduction, Thriller, Mystery, Adult

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 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 realises 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.

That’s right, I ventured into the wonderful world of adult fiction! I have said a number of times that I wanted to get more into crime books as I have read a fair amount of true crime and as it is an area which I am interested in, and generally pulls me in where YA is concerned, I thought that I would venture into the adult world, where everything is described in detail.

I bought this book on a complete whim, I had recently been watching documentaries on paedophilia, one called “The Paedophile Next Door” which has had a lot of controversy as the documentary took the view that not all paedophiles are bad people and should be given “help” to control their urges, similar to a drug addict. I also watched a documentary about a man named Stinson Hunter who puts fake profiles online where he poses as young girls/boys, he then waits to be contacted by someone (he never starts the conversations) and repeatedly says that he is a child, he then agrees to meet with the suspect and catches him on film coming to the house, he then passes all the evidence he has onto the police, if you want to read more about him and his cases, visit his website.

But this had lead me into wanting to read a book surrounding this, I wanted to read about the mind of a person who was like this, so, whilst I was waiting for Ren before we went to a book signing, I scoured waterstones for a book that would fit what I was after and this is what I found. I’d never heard of the author before but she had a quote on the front of her book from Jeffrey Deaver who my mum enjoys immensley so I thought I would give this a try. This book had everything that I wanted and more.

Each chapter is told from different perspectives, although written in third person, it was done really well and we got to be in the mind of Reeve as well paedophiles, police and other girls who had been abducted. I thought that this may ruin the story, as we are introduced to the person who is behind these kidnappings quite early on, but it didn’t at all, it was really cleverly written and it always had you guessing about whether or not he was going to be caught. His plans were so cleverly thought out that it actually worried me, it made me think about people in power and the access to things and the fact that we trust people so easily just from their occupation or whether or not they have a family, its strange isn’t it that if a police officer offered you a ride home you’d be more likely to take it, even though they would still be a stranger.

There was also a lot of Psychology in this book, as one of the perspectives and characters which we got to know was Reeve’s psychologist who specialises in children that have been held in captivity, I was incredibly impressed by Carla’s research into this area, she even taught me a few things! I loved the fact that psychology played a part in this, that suckers me into any story.

There was even a twist at the end of this story, just when you thought it was all wrapped up something else would happen, which is another aspect of a book that I thoroughly enjoy. All the characters were so well written, they felt so real and I never once felt as though the story was fiction, I felt like I was diving into this tragic world where Reeve had suffered so terribly and how it had affected her life.

This was a perfect introduction for me into the world of adult fiction and was everything that I was looking for in a book. I enjoyed this book so much and I’m incredibly glad that this won’t be the last that I will see of Reeve, I’m so excited for the next book to come out!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Or have you read anything similar that you think I might like?

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