Friday, June 4, 2010

Deceit by Brandilyn Collins

"Some evil shouts from the rooftops..." Thus begins the new suspense thriller by Brandilyn Collins.

All I can say is- forget the usual suspects, Brandilyn has proven once again why you do not have to cross over into the mainstream thriller aisle in order to get a suspense fix of the intense kind.

It seems that the whole town of Vacaville California is in denial over the fact that it's beloved pillar and benefactor of town and church may have murdered his beautiful wife, Linda. Everyone except her best friend Joanne who happens to be a top notch skip tracer. And one dark and stormy night six years after Linda's tragic death, Joanne is confronted with a masked man who seems to think he has the answers, or at least he seems to know who does...

Brandillyn crafts a story where the villain is bad, but I found myself taking a glance or two in the mirror as I squirmed a bit in my tightly fitting seat belt (a requirement for Brandilyn's readers), and I pondered the question of deception. Things are not always as they seem.

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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