New Book Explores the Myriad Reasons Why People Commit Suicide

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‘OVER THE EDGE’ is a true story of a Susan Hayward-look-alike living during the tumult of California in the 1960s-1970s.

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When Julian Thomas arrived home that night, as usual, his wife Chris, was depressed and in a drunken fog. To avoid her rage and rejection, he stayed away, reclining on the couch, watching the Johnny Carson Show. He was contemplating the life between him and his wife… if only for his own sanity, he has to tell her, if not tonight, tomorrow morning for sure. Minutes later, he heard her say something from the bedroom. It sounded like… maybe… goodbye. Then came the sound of a single gunshot, it broke the silence like a clap of thunder.

“OVER THE EDGE” is the suspenseful account of the true story of a Susan Hayward-look-alike living during the tumult of California in the 1960s-1970s. This book unravels a beautiful, intelligent, but troubled woman who shot herself — and her husband who tried in vain to help her.

Chris is a beautiful, smart and ambitious woman but deep inside her is a greatly perturbed individual full of insecurities. All her life, she has been battling her own demons and at the same time, still tries her best to be a normal productive woman. These struggles made Chris indifferent and made her opt to love animals than to show affection to people. Her past was not like most people’s past, even worse than most. There were times in her life where she almost made it out of the depression but not quite. She has high I.Q. and was probably a factor in her deciding to pull the trigger.

“OVER THE EDGE” will help people learn how to spot a person who is in trouble and who may be on the verge of committing suicide. This book will also provide a mirror by which they can see their own life and why, from time to time, they may have the thought of ending it all in one final act.

“OVER THE EDGE” will be featured at the 2014 California Library Association in Oakland, CA. For more information, log on to

About the Author
J.R. Hunter is a licensed California real estate broker with over 40 years’ experience, specializing in commercial real estate. He has owned his own brokerage offices, conducted appraisals, worked as a mortgage loan broker, and served as an expert witness in superior court. He has written a real estate column for the newspaper for over 20 years. As a teenager, he joined the Air National Guard before working as a mechanical engineer for 20 years. He has been married five times and has four grown children. He has lived in California since 1969. This is his first book based on his own life experience.

OVER THE EDGE* by J.R. Hunter
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4931-4756-4
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 204 pages; 978-1-4931-4757-1
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-4758-8

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