Project Description

Carla Norton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box, which the FBI put on their 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 The Edge of Normal, which won a Royal Palm Literary Award for best unpublished mystery, is her debut novel. She lives in California and Florida.

about THE EDGE OF NORMAL

In many ways, Reeve LeClaire looks like a typical 22-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 for four years. 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. The day comes when he asks Reeve to help mentor another girl rescued from a similar ordeal. Young Tilly is intact physically, but bears the same scars as Reeve, and the two bond very quickly. But the more Tilly confides in her, Reeve realizes she may not simply need to support this young survivor, but that she may be the only one who can protect her from a cunning predator who is still out there, watching her every move.

Praise for The Edge of Normal

“Told with exceptional insight and a Hitchcock-like capacity for suspense… Norton could become one of the finest female thriller writers of her generation.” –The Daily Mail 

“Her deep background in true crime coverage, particularly the story of a woman kidnapped and kept in a box to be a sex slave, informs her fiction. The revolving points of view she uses keeps the plot steadily building to the kind of page-turning suspense that makes a true thriller. But it leaves us aching to learn more about the extraordinary heroine.” –New York Journal of Books

 “Norton has written a nail-biter, but it’s Reeve’s complicated courage that lingers.” –People Magazine