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August 3, 2015



‘You live nearby? You need a ride?’
She stopped and looked at him: a chubby guy with a beard, younger than her father, but older than a teenager. She could never guess the ages of adults.
You need some help?’ the man asked again.
‘I can’t fix your bike, but I can give you a lift. It’s no trouble.
‘Uh, no thanks. I better not.
He looked nice enough, and in all her twelve years she’d never met anyone dangerous or crazy, but she’d been warned many times about strangers…
Reeve LeClaire is not a victim. Not any more.It’s been seven years since she escaped from evil psychopath Daryl Wayne Flint. He held her for four of her precious teenage years, and now she’s finally getting her life back.
But Flint, imprisoned in a top psychiatric hospital, has been watching and waiting … meticulously planning his getaway. Now his chance has finally come.
His escape is Reeve’s worst nightmare. And as he evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail through the forests of Washington State, Reeve is hit by a fearful realization: She will have to face her kidnapper one last time.


His perfect victim. His little  cricket.


I read The Edge of Normal and loved reading it to the point I couldn’t put it down. Carla seems to have that effect no matter what difficult themes she writes about.
Settle was baking hot, Reggie was stranded with nothing to do. Her best friend had gone on a family vacation. So, if Reggie wanted to go the lake for a swim, she would have to take matters in her own hands. Any kid with a bike would have done the same thing. After she had a swim in the lake she got her bike to go home and she had a flat tyre.
A neighbour who was just getting into his van noticed Reggie pushing her bike along and asks her you live nearby? you need a ride? He claimed he can fix her bike.  He offers to take her bike home and she can walk home. Considering this offer Reggie lifts her bike into the van and she is hit with a jolt.
Your heart will beat louder reading on. Years later Daryl Wayne Flint escapes prison. Of course Reggie never expected her kidnapper to walk the earth again. The story builds up a thrilling climax, now Daryl Wayne Flint has escaped he has already killed and is running rampant.
I look up to the beautiful works of Carla Norton.



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