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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dark Pursuit...Review

About the book:
“Ever hear the dead knocking?”

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 is about to discover a third. She’s even more shocked to realize the culprit is 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 . . .

Christian suspense which is a genre I haven't read before. An engrossing book. Kaitlan is a recovering drug addict and estranged from her author grandfather. After finding a dead woman in her home and suspecting her police officer boyfriend of the murder, Kaitlan enlists her grandfather's help in figuring out what to do. Her grandfather, a famous murder mystery author who is in ailing health, finds a new lease on life as he reconciles with his granddaughter and finds new inspiration for his writing.

I was not familiar with Brandilyn Collins' work before I received this book in the mail. It was suspenseful without being gory and gross like so many murder mysteries. There are some twists and turns that make it engrossing, yet it's a fairly light, easy read. I read it in an afternoon. I enjoyed how her chapters alternated between the manuscript(s) and the story.

My one complaint, which seems petty I know, is that the author chose non-traditional spellings for Kaitlan and her grandfather Darell. It was distracting because I kept thinking of them as spelled wrong!

A good, easy read. The book will be released on November 7th. Thanks to the author for sending me a copy to review. You can find out more about Brandilyn Collins here. I need to check out her other books now.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 10/08

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4/5 Stars


  1. I think I may have entered somewhere for this book but can't remember where. lol. It sounds good and I'm glad you liked it just in case I do find it in my mailbox one day.

  2. Holly, thanks so much for your review. I'm grateful for your honesty and your time. Glad you enjoyed your Seatbelt Suspense ride. :)

    ~ Blessings, Brandilyn