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Dead of Night (Hidden Faces Series #3) Paperback – April 3, 2005
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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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"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
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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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Several times I thought I knew the killer, but was really surprised the way it turned out. Good story that keeps you guessing until the end.Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
I really enjoy Collins' books. They are constant page turners. This was the 3rd book in the series, and everyone got better. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Imagbarer
Exciting kept me reading and not wanting to stop but had to stop and breath at times. Really a great read and I would recommend it to be readPublished 11 months ago by carole clements
I enjoyed the suspense and wondering of what the outcome would be in this great mystery read. Brandilyn gets into the mind and heart of a Christian's questions of living in this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brandilyn Collins gets you hooked into the story right from the first page and then you don 't want to put the book down.Published 14 months ago by Phyllis Shaw
B. Collins is one of my favorite authors; and this is a very fine work. As I devout Christian, and lover of mysteries, I find it difficult to find books by secular authors that I... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Priscilla141