Fred's Reviews: Deceit by Brandilyn Collins. "I forgot to breathe!"


My wife Nora gave me this book recently and asked me if I would review it for her Blog. She knows I am a big fan of Brandilyn Collins and I was more than happy to oblige. I am also more than happy to share with you, the experience I had in reading it.

First About the Book:

Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it. Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’s best friend—six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as a professional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth— which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years' past, when Melissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in
that household? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable
faith, choices, and the lure of deceit.

My Review: (My experience)

I describe reading a book by Brandilyn Collins as an experience because she has a way of drawing you into her characters minds like few authors can. Being immersed into the life of a "skip tracer" was more than interesting. Being thrust into an ongoing, relational controversy in a small church, a small town, was compelling. The "experience" I am describing transcends this and can best be described as feeling like you are sitting, alone in the dark house with Joanne or frantic as she chases down leads. Joanne pushes herself to the edges of her abilities to solve this conundrum and she and I couldn't sleep as the story develops because we were both being pushed/ pulled through the experience/ wild ride Brandilyn has created.

She has done it again! This fast paced, breath taking suspense lives up to her "Don't forget to breathe..." trademark.

About Brandilyn:

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon
in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the
Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Book of the Year (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers'

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons).

The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences.

She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.

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