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Book 1 of 4 in the Hidden Faces Series

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"...an abundance of real-life faith as well as real-life fear, betrayal and evil. This one kept me gripped from beginning to end."  -- Contemporary Christian Music magazine
 
"Collins' deft hand for suspense brings on the shivers."  -- RT BOOKclub 

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Brink of Death, book 1 in my Hidden Faces series, carries my Seatbelt Suspense® brand promise: fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.  ~ Brandilyn
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 349 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310251036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310251033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Winnie Hines on April 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I finished "Brink of Death" in about 3 days, had to sleep some of the time.....
The whole book was so great but the last 140 pages had me
jumpin(g)through sentences so fast that I had to go back and re-read the paragraphs over again.
This is the kind of book I just love and hate at the same time. Love because it is so darn good and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Hate, because it is so good that I read it to fast and it is over, gone, done POOF!!! , and I don't want it to be over. Oh yes, something else. You brought the Lord throughout the whole book so beautifully that as Annie was fighting him and reaching out to him at the same time, you could identify with her easily.
I can hardly wait for the next one. I am utterly amazed at the skill and talent you have to put something like that together. Thank you.
Winnie
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Wow...Wow...Wow...If you're interested in serious edge of your seat, bite your fingernails to the nub, and flinch at every sound suspense, then here's your book. Surprising twists and turn will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. Don't start reading this book after dark and definitely don't read it ALONE! Thanks, Brandilyn, for another winner! I am anxiously awaiting the second in the series as my fingernails grow back - just in time to chew them all off again, I'm sure.
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Thirty-something divorcee Annie Kingston moves out of the Bay Area and to the suburbs of Grove Landing to afford her two children a quieter and safer place to grow up in. And so, moving to her late father's house -- a big-name, albeit hated attorney -- seems like a sound choice. That is until one of her neighbors turns out dead. Lisa Willit wakes up to noise in her husband's office, and gets murdered. Her young daughter is a witness to the crime. Annie had worked in courtrooms in the past and knows a bit about drawing and forensics, so she offers to draw a sketch of the culprit, a man with the most sinister bright-blue eyes the little girl has ever seen. But then Annie realizes that she's seen this man before. Who is he? What does he want? And is the Willit household the one he had intended to break into? The plot thickens when Annie is forced to use her eye for forensic evidence and discover the truth before it's too late.

This is a good enough suspenseful novel. The story is well woven and its conclusion is sound. Annie is a fleshed out heroine who has film-like visions of scenarios as they unfold in her head. However, Brink of Death is far from perfect. The main problem I had with this book is that it isn't a very clever thriller because I was able to figure things out before the heroine and other characters did. Also, the killer's identity is a tad disappointing. Once you've discovered who the killer is and you know where the climax is headed, there's no point reading further, is it? Still, I kept reading... and felt like I'd wasted my time. This is a Christian thriller where the heroine is supposed to discover Jesus by the time the book comes to an end.
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From the opening scene in BRINK OF DEATH you know you're in good hands. You're also in for a ride - one that thrusts you into the world of Annie Kingston - single mom, former courtroom artist, and a woman about to live a nightmare.

Told in Annie's engaging first person point of view (except for the prologue and the scattered scenes following the villain in third person), there are no wasted words. Every chapter leads you seamlessly into the next. Tight, suspenseful, and peppered with compelling details about forensic art, BRINK OF DEATH will keep you up waaaaaay past your bedtime. And the good news is it's book #1 in the Hidden Faces series (#2, STAIN OF GUILT available October 2004).

Without compromising the thrills, Brandilyn keeps her story clean, which is something Christian readers will appreciate. But this is also a book you could give to friends or relatives with no concern about hitting them over the head with its religious message. We're gently led to think about God as we follow Annie's story.

Final word? The characters in BRINK OF DEATH are REAL (no cardboard stereotypes here), and this series will win Brandilyn many more loyal fans, myself included.
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I always enjoy Collins' books. The keep you on your toes. But more important than that, they let you see an intimate picture of the main character, Annie. I wish I could get to know some of the secondary characters better; the ones who are close to Annie, but the didn't materialize like I wanted. I want to know Chetterling better. In real life, there's no way a police officer (or detective) would let a civilian go with him to interview a suspect, or anything else. So WHY DID HE? Because we are not given insite into Chetterling's mind and get to know him, we'll never know why he broke protocol, except for the drama it adds to the story. And speaking of secondary characters, how about Jenna? What did she do for a living, and how did getting laid off REALLY affect her? Why couldn't we know that Jenna had talked with Chetterling about getting Annie into forensic art? It would still have been a surprise to Annie., but why couldn't we know? And before that, even, Jenna had ordered that forensic book for Annie. Couldn't we have known that before Annie? I think there was huge potential for a "secondary" story behind the main one that would have deepened the story dramatically and given Annie a profound sense of quality and realism.
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