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All words fell away. I pushed myself off the path, noticing for the first time the signs of earlier passage---the matted earth, broken twigs. And I knew. My mouth turned cottony. I licked my lips, took three halting steps. My maddening, visual brain churned out pictures of colorless faces on a cold slab---Debbie Lille, victim number one; Wanda Deminger, number three . . . He'd been here. Dragged this one right where I now stumbled. I'd entered a crime scene, and I could not bear to see what lay at the end. . . . This is a story about evil. This is a story about God's power. A string of murders terrorizes citizens in the Redding, California, area. The serial killer is cunning, stealthy. Masked by day, unmasked by night. Forensic artist Annie Kingston discovers the sixth body practically in her own back yard. Is the location a taunt aimed at her? One by one, Annie must draw the unknown victims for identification. Dread mounts. Who will be taken next? Under a crushing oppression, Annie and other Christians are driven to pray for God's intervention as they've never prayed before. With page-turning intensity, Dead of Night dares to pry open the mind of evil. Twisted actions can wreak havoc on earth, but the source of wickedness lies beyond this world. Annie learns where the real battle takes place---and that a Christian's authority through prayer is the ultimate, unyielding weapon.

About the Author

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310251052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310251057
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages." -- Publishers Weekly

"Collins keeps coming with fascinating, unique plots." --RT BookReviews

"Brandilyn Collins, the queen of Seatbelt Suspense®, certainly lives up to her well-deserved reputation." -- CBA Retailers

"[Collins is] a master of her craft ... intensity, tension, high-caliber suspense, and engaging mystery." -- The Christian Manifesto

"Collins keeps the reader gasping and guessing ... artistic prose paints vivid pictures ... High marks for original plotting and superb pacing." -- RT BookClub
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Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels with rich characters. She is often blamed for keeping her readers up at night, as they "just have to see what happens next."




In nonfiction, Brandilyn is known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). Writers Digest Magazine named Getting Into Character one of the top books on writing of 2002.

You can read excerpts from all Brandilyn's books at her Web site: www.brandilyncollins.com. That's also a good place to subscribe to her free newsletter, Sneak Pique, so you can be among the first to know about her latest releases.

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DEAD OF NIGHT

The town is terrorized by a serial killer and, as usual, sketch artist Annie Kingston is in the thick of things as she draws the unknown victims, hoping someone will recognize them, hoping someone will have a clue to the killer. It doesn't help that her son Stephen seems over his head in trouble and resistant to attempts steer him in a more positive direction. It also doesn't help that Annie and her daughter find a body almost in their back yard.

The terror is coming too close to home, but Annie is learning that God cares. She's also learning that evil is real and prayer is an effective weapon. But why do women keep dying, and where is God in it all? More importantly, will evil be unmasked before it involves those she loves?

A page-turner I couldn't put down, except to check the locks on my doors. (Collin's books tend to have that effect on me.) Her stories are frighteningly personal as though they could happen to the person next door-or me!

Collins unmasks not only a very real evil, but also the very real power of prayer.

A book I'll be reading again, once my heart stops racing.

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By Mick on April 30, 2005
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If you like chilling mysteries, this is the book for you. I was hooked on reading this book from the opening prologue, which like several other chapters interspersed throughout the book is told with gut-wretching intensity from a serial killer's point of view.

Forensic artist Annie Kingston, a divorced mother of two, becomes entangled in the crime she's trying to solve through the adolescent misdemeanors of her son. As the serial killer circles closer and closer to Annie's own children, the mystery builds. You may think you know who the bad guy is, but it's doubtful you'll solve the crime more than a chapter ahead of Annie. An enthralling mystery, skillfully written, and well plotted. Highly recommended-but not for the faint of heart.
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This book is an intense rollercoaster ride. One that I recommend to everyone I know. You will get sucked in right from the start. The book starts off putting you right in the thick of the action, and doesn't let up until the end of the book. The glimpses into the killers mind are just down right creepy. You can't help but fall in love with the main character, Annie Kingston, you feel her terror, and you sympathize with her through all the ordeals of this book. You are right there with her when she learns of the amazing power of prayer. Brandilyn Collins has written a wonderful suspense that will go on my keeper shelf.
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Diving right into the action, DEAD OF NIGHT opens with narrator Annie Kingston confronting an intruder in her house. That same day she discovers the sixth victim of a serial killer in the woods on her property. Placed there randomly? Or is the killer trying to taunt her?

Book #3 in the Hidden Faces series continues the saga of forensic artist Annie Kingston with page-turning intensity. Not only must Annie draw the victims of the killer for identification, she must also face the escalating consequences of her teenage son's rebellion and the challenges of living out her new-found faith. Interspersed throughout the first person narrative are chillingly evil, yet often strikingly poetic, scenes in the killer's point of view. I was reminded of Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Telltale Heart" as I read them.

With this novel, and the rest of the Hidden Faces series, Brandilyn Collins has pushed the envelope in the emerging genre of Christian crime fiction. She's not afraid to tell it like it is, yet spares us the gratuitous details most secular crime writers thrive on. That said, DEAD OF NIGHT isn't just about crime and its aftermath. It's also about the power of prayer. As the back cover states: "Annie learns where the real battle takes place - and that a Christian's authority through prayer is the ultimate, unyielding weapon."

Highly recommended, five star fiction! Get out and buy this book. And while you're at it, pick up Book #1 BRINK OF DEATH & Book #2 STAIN OF GUILT.
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Please, read Dead Of Night during the light of day! Once again Collins crafts a chilling suspense story that will knock your socks off. Forensic sketch artist, Annie Kingston is again in the thick of the action. This time she is racing against the clock to help identify the serial killer stalking her community. Collins' skillful story will have you hanging on every word. Expect goose bumps during the chapters told from the killer's point of view. You'll never stop to help someone on the highway again! I higly recommend this book that illustrates the power of prayer against evil.
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Suspense. Intrigue. Tension. Wonderfully developed characters. Conflict--both internal and external, personal and social. A no-nonsense theme. This novel has it all.

Yes, the story is an exciting read. The climactic scene was grippingly tense--a perfect end for a thrilling tale. But more, this novel is well-crafted, with some beautiful prose, vivid images, three-dimensional characters.

Brandilyn Collins is a novelist you will want to continue reading, and Dead of Night is one of her best.
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