what doesn't kill her book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton, the sequel to thriller novel The Edge of Normal, is a continuance of Reeve LeClaire’s story.

After Daryl Wayne Flint—Reeve’s captor—escapes from the Washington State psychiatric hospital where he is serving his sentence, Reeve must again face her traumatic past. Believing that she knows Daryl better than anyone else, Reeve reaches out to the FBI agent—Milo Bender—who handled her case after her rescue and offers her help in capturing him. Although Agent Bender is retired from the force, he and Reeve work together with the authorities to apprehend Daryl. What they didn’t expect to find was information on a long list of victims and an accomplice from Daryl’s past. Determined to find Daryl before he can hurt anyone else, Reeve and Bender go on a manhunt that will put them both in danger.

Meanwhile Daryl, who is still obsessed with his ‘little cricket,’ leaves a bloody trail behind while searching for Reeve’s whereabouts. In this intriguing and incredibly exciting ending to Reeve’s story, Reeve learns to fight back in order to conquer her biggest fear.

This novel is written in two points of view: Reeve’s and Daryl’s. The reader gets a unique look into how Reeve deals with Daryl’s escape while also getting to experience the mindset of a psychopath and his process of searching for his target. The reader also gets to know the reasoning behind the decisions that both Reeve and Daryl make and what drives them both. Although Norton did a fantastic job giving the point of view of a psychopath in The Edge of Normal, it is so much better in this novel because the reader gets to experience things directly from Daryl’s point of view.

The one downside to this novel is that the ending is predictable. However, with that being said, the story is wrapped up in a neat little bow and there aren’t really any loose ends left over like there were in The Edge of Normal.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this novel and would read it again even knowing how it ends.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.