Deceit by Brandilyn Collins

I have read a lot of Brandilyn Collins' books over the past several years. She truly is a master at suspense. She has done a fabulous job of weaving suspense with a little bit of romance. Just the right touch. There's no car racing down the road and two people gazing rapturously into each other's eyes. No scene where bullets are flying about and two people suddenly can't keep their hands off each other or their lips apart!

Good writing, good character development, and good storyline keep you turning pages. This story bolts out of the box and never stops until the finish line, and there's no dangling story holes that keep you wondering.

I did get a bit tired of the Jelly Belly references, although, it was probably more mouth watering flavors rather than that I don't like jelly beans.

I love the older woman as a main character. Older women have more character, usually make wiser choices and don't have that "princess" attitude, at least this one did. That makes for a much more believable story. The villain is someone that you just love to hate and there's one of these characters in everyone's life. Although, they don't often resort to murder.

So when you settle into your bed at night to read, be sure to lock all your doors and windows before you crack open this book. You'll want to get up and check them all again, trust me on this. Be sure you are tucked into bed tightly because the plot twists and turns will toss you about considerably.

Oh... and one other thing.... This one is 5 Stars out of 5 Stars, a keeper for sure. It's also one that you'll probably want to read again. So buckle up!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Zondervan (June 18, 2010)


Brandilyn Collins


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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