Friday, June 4, 2010

"Deceit" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Zondervan (June 18, 2010)


Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins doesn't disappoint, ever. I'm not sure that she can ever top "Exposure" from last year in my eyes, but she doesn't disappoint. In this case we have a new premise, following a skip tracer. What is a skip tracer? Someone that follows and tries to locate a person that has disappeared, or skipped town, and they do it all from their own home using their computer. It will make you think about the computer fingerprint that you leave as you surf the net. More importantly, we follow Joanne as she is led on a dangerous chase to solve the murder of her best friend from a few years ago. She is spurred on to find the killer by a man she accidentally hits on the street with her car. The questions remain, who did she hit? Why does he want Joanne to pursue the killer? And will she stay alive long enough to track down the missing link in the killing - her best friend's foster daughter that disappeared shortly after the murder. Is the trail too cold? It ties together beautifully at the end, but not with the same big shock at the end that I have come to expect from Brandilyn. Good, solid suspense book for summer reading!


Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and 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 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). She is now working on her 20th book.

In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.


Skip Tracer Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed his second wife---and Joanne's best friend---seven years ago. But Jackson, 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 Joanne is determined to bring Jackson down. Using her skip tracing skills, she sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, now twenty-two, who lived in the Jackson home at the time of Linda Jackson's disappearance.

As Joanne drives home on a rainy winter night, a hooded figure darts in front of her car. In her headlight beams she glimpses the half-concealed face of a man, a rivulet of blood jagging down his cheek. She squeals to a stop but clips him with her right fender. Shaking, she gets out of her car in the pouring rain. The man will not let her see his face. Before he limps off into the night he warns her not to talk to police.

As Joanne tries to find Melissa, someone seems to be after her. Who was the man she hit on the road. Is Baxter Jackson out to silence her? Or is some other skip she's traced in the past now out for revenge?


If you would like to read the first chapter of Deceit, go HERE

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