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review 2014-07-18 09:55
Brink of Death
Brink of Death - Brandilyn Collins Title: Brink of Death (Hidden Faces Series #1) Author: Brandilyn Collins Pages: 422 (large print) Year: 2004 Publisher: Thorndike Press (large print) I have read some of Brandilyn Collins’ more recent works and enjoyed them, so I thought I would go back and read some of her earlier books. This book is set in California, and the main character is Annie Kingston. Annie is a divorced mother of two children. Her son is 15 and has begun to hang out with the wrong crowd and do drugs. In an attempt to help him, she moves to her wealthy father’s home away from the city that he left her in his will upon his death. Upon her father’s death, Annie quit her job as a courtroom artist. One night Annie is awakened by sirens and discovers her neighbor has been murdered. Due to her skills as an artist, the local detectives asks her if she can help by drawing the murderer as seen by the only eye witness, the murder victim’s 11-year-old daughter. Once the picture is finished, the detective places it in the local newspapers without any response. Annie feels she is to blame for the murder as she has found a file in her father’s home office from a case he was working on at his death. This file seems to be what the murder was after; he just chose the wrong house in order to get it. Annie continues to plead with the detective to let her be involved in the case to assuage her guilty conscience. She has never been a Christian, so she has no avenue other than work to try to work through this guilt. She does meet the police chaplain as well as the murder victim’s church friends and begins to think maybe there is something to this God stuff and prayer. To me this book didn’t have the suspense throughout the book apparent in later books. The main character’s insistence in being involved in the case and the detective allowing her to be involved didn’t seem very realistic. I did like how she was portrayed as a struggling, single, divorced mom, raising her children alone; I did think that was very realistic. This story just didn’t seem to grab my attention like her other books. I do plan to read the next book in this series and hopefully it will be more to my liking. Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Brink-Death-Hidden-Faces-1/dp/0310251036/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398966302&sr=1-1&keywords=brink+of+death My rating is 3 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 08:25
Amber Morn
Amber Morn - Brandilyn Collins Title: Amber Morn (Kanner Lake #4) Author: Brandilyn Collins Pages: 315 Year: 2008 Publisher: Zondervan This is the fourth and final installment in the Kanner Lake Series by Brandilyn Collins. The story moves back to Kanner Lake whereas the third story, Crimson Eve, took place elsewhere, but involved one of the Kanner Lake residents. The author does what she has in every other book in the series and that is she creates lots of suspense, tension and action. The Kanner Lake gang is all gathered at the Java Joint for coffee, pastries, and to see one of their own sign a contract with a publishing company to publish two books. The S-man starts signing, but abruptly stops as three men enter the coffee shop armed with guns. Someone from Kanner Lake is shot right away and the body drug outside with a note addressed to Chief Vince Edwards. Therein begins a hostage situation with those occupants of Java Joint unable to leave or communicate with anyone outside the shop. Chief Edwards has recently taken hostage negotiation classes and they will certainly be needed now. He must balance keeping things calm, keeping the hostages safe and keeping the hostage takers from hurting anyone. More law enforcement personnel are brought in to help with negotiations. The local church is full of prayer warriors, praying out loud or on their knees or silently with arms uplifted for the safety of all the hostages. The news media becomes involved and the tension escalates. Will the hostages be released without injury? Can the town of Kanner Lake and its’ people survive yet another killing? The town has endured so much in the two years. Be warned! Once you start reading this, you won’t be able to stop. The pulse-pounding tension will keep you riveted in your seat and your fingers flipping the pages quickly. I’m sorry the series is at an end, but I plan on reading the author’s other series. I came to really enjoy the characters throughout this series and to see their spiritual growth in difficult circumstances was so encouraging. Also, to see their relationships develop and deepen between the Kanner Lake residents was satisfying as well as the wonderful feeling of family that becomes more evident with each book in the series. Thank you Brandilyn for such an enjoyable ride on your rollercoaster of suspense! It was fantastic!! My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 08:15
Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake Series #1)
Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake Series #1) - Brandilyn Collins Title: Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake #1) Author: Brandilyn Collins Pages: 323 Year: 2006 Publisher: Zondervan This book will grab hold of you from the first chapter! Paige Williams has had a tough time sleeping so she decides to take a dip in the hot tub on her deck along the back of the house she is renting. She just lays back to enjoy the stars and the warm water when something brushes against her leg. She thinks nothing of it and continues to try to relax, but it happens again. What is in the hot tub with her? Paige Williams has had a very difficult childhood and teenage years. She has left her former hometown on the run, but from whom? What has she done that would warrant someone searching for her extensively? She currently works at a small gift shop in town for the past month, ever since she came to Kanner Lake. She has no friends, no family, and wants to keep it that way initially. She does find herself longing for a best friend or a sister to share things with, but her past keeps her from reaching out to anyone. Paige becomes a suspect in the disappearance of a has-been celebrity as the two had a run-in at the gift shop. Paige denies having anything to do with her disappearance, but a subsequent search of her house reveals potential implicating evidence. Now, the police chief, Vince Edwards, has reason to believe more happened than just a kidnapping, perhaps murder has been done. Paige appears awfully nervous when Vince talks to her. Is she just not wanting to talk about her past or is she guilty of murder? We see flashbacks of a young girl named Rachel and her horrendous life growing up. How is she connected to Kanner Lake? There are other characters involved in the story such as a fledgling reporter trying to make a name for herself and thinks the Williams case could be the break she is looking for. There is the couple who own the local coffee shop and their battles with finances. The police chief himself is dealing with the grief of a son lost in war and the effects of that even on his marriage. There also is a guy who spends most of his time in another reality of his own creation as he is writing a novel. All of these characters are easily relatable to someone we all know at one point or another in our lives. This is a page-turner that will keep you glued to your seat, reading nonstop. At the end of the story, we see Paige realizes God has given her a second chance at life, and she is going to grab hold and not let go. Look for upcoming reviews of other books in the Kanner Lake Series right here. My rating is 4 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 08:15
Coral Moon
Coral Moon - Brandilyn Collins Title: Coral Moon (Kanner Lake Series #2) Author: Brandilynn Collins Pages: 319 Year: 2007 Publisher: Zondervan This series of novels is part of Zondervan’s Seatbelt Suspense Series and boy does this novel live up to that title! Readers head back to Kanner Lake, Idaho, approximately one month after the events of the first book in the series, Violet Dawn, have taken place. Leslie Brymes, a young reporter for the Kanner Lake Times, has started receiving presents. She has no idea who they are from and really, really doesn’t want any more. The presents are murdered residents of Kanner Lake. Leslie has no idea why she is receiving these presents, but she is a reporter and she is going to find the murderer. She, along with some other townsfolk, has also been experiencing a sense of evil that is very real. Is it possible that a ghost is killing these people? Her roommate, Paige, who is the main character in the first book of the series, feels like she is a magnet for death and has drawn evil to the town. Is there really something supernatural at work in Kanner Lake? Vince Edwards is the chief of police and is now stretched to his limit. His five-man force is too small to investigate the multiple murders taking place in his small town. His men are working around the clock to protect citizens, collect evidence, question people and solve multiple murders. He doesn’t know how much more he can take, worrying about who will be next. He also has felt an evil presence that unsettles him to say the least. Who or what is killing these innocent women? Is the killing related to the new hotel project being proposed? This is an absolutely riveting story. Be warned…once you start, you won’t be able to put the book down. The chapters are only about 3-4 pages, so readers can quickly flip through to keep the action moving and keep up with the quick-paced plot. I enjoyed the continuation of characters from the first book and hope they will show up in book three of the series, Crimson Eve. The suspense is palpable and the tension runs high throughout the book. The realm of darkness in the supernatural world is shown to be a force to be reckoned with and not something make believe. As some of the characters discover, the power of Jesus is stronger than anything. That is something we all need to remember. My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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review 2014-07-18 08:15
Crimson Eve
Crimson Eve - Brandilyn Collins Title: Crimson Eve (Kanner Lake #3) Author: Brandilyn Collins Pages: 336 Year: 2007 Publisher: Zondervan Can you say heart-pumping action? This third book in the Kanner Lake Series will grab a hold of your attention and not let go until the last page is turned. This story only has a few scenes in Kanner Lake, but focuses on one of the residents, Carla Radling. Carla Radling has been hiding in Kanner Lake for 10 years. No one knows anything about her past and that’s the way she likes it. She has a client interested in some real estate, so she agrees to meet him one evening at the property to take a walk through. The next thing she knows he pulls a gun on her, telling her he is a hit man! She manages to escape and then is on the run. Why is someone out to kill her? Why now? She promised she would never tell her secret and she has kept her promise. Carla can’t go to her friends or the police as the hit man knows all about them and has threatened to kill them if Carla asks them for help. She starts driving with no real destination in mind. While on the run, Carla relives her painful memories from a time when she was 16 years old and wanted to be somebody because her mom always told her she was nothing. Note: There is a recounting of a scene where two people are in a sexual situation. No specific details are mentioned, but I did want to make readers aware of this. Carla feels God is punishing her for her choices made so long ago. What is she going to do now? She can’t outrun the hit man forever, and he won’t give up. Should she go to the police and/or the press and tell them the whole sordid story? Her life will be ruined along with a lot of other peoples’ lives. Will she learn about the God of forgiveness and ask Him for the same? The dialogue is snappy and quick and sometimes humorous. The tension and suspense will keep you spellbound. The plotline has some surprising twists and turns. I enjoyed seeing characters from the previous two books appear again in this third book. I can’t wait to start reading the fourth book in the series, Amber Morn. I highly recommend this book and this entire series. Brandilyn knows how to write to grab the reader’s attention and not let go until the conclusion. Great story Brandilyn!! My rating is 4.5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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