The Edge of Normal

Carla Norton

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With a fiercely original heroine and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very last page, Carla Norton's The Edge of Normal is an "impressive mystery…with psychological depth (Booklist, starred review)" that no reader will soon forget.

In many ways, Reeve LeClaire seems like a typical twenty-something woman: She has her own place in San Francisco, waitresses to pay the bills, and lives a pleasant, structured life. But Reeve is anything but normal. Ten years ago, she was kidnapped and held captive for four years. Her lucky escape made headlines—and since then, she’s managed to rebuild her life, thanks in part to her brilliant psychiatrist, Ezra Lerner.

"A nail-biter." —People

An expert in captivity syndromes, Dr. Lerner asks Reeve to help a young girl, Tilly, who has suffered a similar ordeal. But soon everything Reeve has worked so hard to achieve—independence, anonymity, a normal life—comes crashing down. As she tries to help Tilly, she finds herself involved in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a ruthless predator who always manages to be one step ahead of her. . . and is watching her every move. . .

  

"A perfect blend of literary style, psychological insight, and edge-of-the-seat thriller."—Jeffery Deaver

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ONE
San Francisco, California
Tuesday Before Thanksgiving

 
Tuesdays are always a test, and getting to his office is the hard part, but twenty-two-year-old Reeve LeClaire has never told her psychiatrist about her route. It begins with a short walk to the Ferry Building, where she routinely orders a hot chocolate and carries it outside, sipping its sweetness while watching the ferries emerge from the fog. The boats come from Vallejo and Larkspur and Sausalito, trailing white foam and flocks of gulls before stopping to off-load a morning rush of commuters.

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"A heart-pounding thrill ride that had me holding my breath to the very end. With a compelling, tough-as-nails heroine and a truly terrifying villain, this is a book you won’t soon forget." —Chevy Stevens

"True-crime author Norton delivers an impressive mystery debut with a subject that leaps from the headlines…Norton has created a page-turner with well-developed characters, a truly horrible villain, and the psychological depth of Jonathan Kellerman at his best."—Booklist (starred review)

"Norton has written a nail-biter, but it’s Reeve’s complicated courage that lingers."—People

"Carla Norton’s debut is a fast-paced novel of psychological suspense. The Edge of Normal is a perfect blend of literary style, psychological insight, and edge-of- the-seat thriller." —Jeffery Deaver

"True crime writer Norton (Perfect Victim) makes her first foray into fiction with a compelling—and timely—story about a woman kidnapped when she was 12 and held for four years…Norton skillfully keeps the suspense taut with myriad surprises while giving a tender look at victims whose ordeals are rehashed by lawyers, the media, and pop psychologists…[An] intriguing story."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Norton’s deep background in true crime coverage…informs her fiction. The revolving points of view she uses keep the plot steadily building to the kind of page-turning suspense that makes a true thriller."—New York Journal of Books

"Told with lyrical intensity and convincing authority, The Edge of Normal is a terrifying trip into a world of pure evil. Carla Norton introduces a spectacularly flawed heroine in Reeve LeClaire — a young woman confronting the specter of her horrific past and becoming the target of a psychopath so foul the ink practically rises from the page in an attempt to stop him. Guaranteed to keep you up at night." —Karen Engelmann "This debut thriller by the bestselling author of Perfect Victim features a suspenseful storyline that realistically mirrors recent news headlines of captivity and sadism. Winner of a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, this nail-bitingly delicious tale will be a treat for psychological thriller fans."—Library Journal (starred review)

“Told with exceptional insight and a Hitchcock-like capacity for suspense, it shows Norton could become one of the finest female thriller writers of her generation." —The Daily Mail

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About the Author

Carla Norton

CARLA NORTON is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Perfect Victim, which the FBI put on its Behavioral Sciences Unit reading list. She served as the special sections editor for the San Jose Mercury News and has written for numerous publications. She has an MFA from Goddard College and has twice served as a judge for the Edgar Awards. The Edge of Normal, which won a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, is her first novel. She lives in California and Florida.

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The Edge of Normal
Carla Norton

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
9/30/2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9781250032775
ISBN10: 1250032776
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
$7.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

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Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427233035
ISBN10: 1427233039
Audio Run Time: 11:30
$39.99

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Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427233042
ISBN10: 1427233047
Audio Run Time: 11:30
$23.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250031044
ISBN10: 1250031044
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250031051
ISBN10: 1250031052
320 pages
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