Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Dark Pursuit" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dark Pursuit

Zondervan (December 1, 2008)


Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is currently working on her 20th book. For chances to win free copies of her work, join her Fan Club on Facebook. Here’s what Brandilyn has to say about why she wrote Dark Pursuit:

In John Milton’s Paradise Lost Satan’s followers, kicked out of heaven, boast about storming the gates and reclaiming their territory. Beelzebub scoffs at their boasting as merely “hatching vain empires” and suggests a different revengeful scheme: seduce mankind away from God. So Satan visits the Garden of Eden to teach humans the very thing he and his cohorts have learned to be futile—the dark pursuit of hatching their own vain empires instead of following God. He presented man with this “gift” of death, disguised as life. And man fell for it.

Upon this theme of man’s fall and spiritual blindness, I created the characters and events in Dark Pursuit. The story clips along at a fast pace, with much symbolism running underneath.


Dark Pursuit—A twisting story of murder, betrayal, and eternal choices

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she’s rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan’s town two women have been murdered, and she’s about to discover a third. She’s even more shocked to realize the culprit—her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief’s son.

Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he’ll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig.

But can Darell’s muddled mind do it? And—if he tries—with what motivation? For Kaitlan’s plight may be the stunning answer to the elusive plot he seeks...

Read the first chapter of Dark Pursuit, HERE.


Brandilyn has done it again. I really didn't know if she could. I loved the Kanner Lake series and wasn't sure where she would go from there. Interestingly, we open Dark Pursuit without having to wait long to find out who the killer is. From there it is a race to see if Darell can keep it together long enough to save his grandaughter before the killer can shut her up. And when everything is almost wrapped up neatly - BAM!!! - ohmigosh!!! - here comes the twist I wasn't expecting... Brandilyn doesn't write "seatbelt suspense" for nothing - unbelievable!


Cara Putman said...

The twist was crazy but beautifully woven into the book. She is a master at suspense! I can't bring myself to give her books away because I read them over and over.

Janna said...

This one goes on my keeper shelf - so good!

Sherrylinn said...

I agree with Jana! I can't part with this one. I'm reading "Brink of Death" now and have a hard time putting it down when it's time to go back to work!