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Stain of Guilt (Hidden Faces Series #2) Paperback – September 19, 2004

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'...Collins keeps the reader gasping and guessing as her artistic prose paints vivid pictures on their minds. High marks for original plotting and superb pacing.' (RT Bookclub)

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Stain of Guilt, book 2 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: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310251044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310251040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredibly exciting reading. As in "Brink of Death," the novel opens like the gentle prelude to a symphony, then screeches off like a tire-burning corvette disappearing down the street. I started reading it Sunday afternoon and couldn't stop until I finished that night.

Annie Kingston's character was complex, and I could relate to her inner fears, spiritual questions and maternal ferocity. She was not a superwoman performing feats of courage or displaying acute intellectual insight. She was a real woman like me or anyone else, caught in a dire situation. Her questions about God echoed what I asked when I was seeking Him, and the minor characters answered with gentleness, honesty, and empathy.

The villain Bland was drawn with such vivid description that I could envision his face, hear his voice. He character had immense depth and richness. Annie literally crawled into his head and dragged the reader with her as she discovered who he was under the surface, what made up the mind of this ruthless man.

Even the minor characters--Annie's children, her sister, etc.--had that aura of realism that made them colorful and varied. I could name someone I knew who reminded me of each character. This aspect drew me into the story quickly because I felt like I knew these people, they were familiar to me.

There was a doozy of a plot twist near the end, and Brandilyn did a very good job leading up to it. However, I think I've read too much Agatha Christie, because I guessed the plot twist in the first quarter of the book. But that being said, it didn't make the ending any less heart-pounding, nail-biting, or satisfying.
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I didn't care too much for the first book in this series as I found the main character a little too woe-is-me and whiny. But I thought there was promise so read the second book. I have found that most of the Brandilyn Collins' novels are pretty predictable and this one was the same. I guessed the ending within the first 50 pages and it seemed pretty obvious when the "twist" came about. However, I am still giving it 4-stars because I thought the pacing was really good in this one and the characters are becoming more than one-dimensional. Still can't stand the teenage son, haha. Like most of the Brandilyn Collins' novels I have read, she does a great job with the Christian references without it taking away from the story. Wasn't a fan of the whole pray Jesus into your heart without baptism but I guess that goes along with what Brandilyn Collins believes unfortunately.
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Great book for teens looking for mystery and suspense. No blood and guts. Lets your mind do that work. Yea! Liked it so we put copies in our private school's library for free reading by kids. They love it. Clean story but keeps you interested with the suspense. Central character is a forensic artist, so artistic science types will love the details of the career.
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Love Brandilyn Collins and her style. Love the story line, even if the main character seems to have a death wish because she just can't stay away from a mystery! Will definitely read more of her books.
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Collins knows how to get the attention of the reader from the very beginning. Without realizing it I had already consumed more than 50% of the book. I appreciate that the characters are multidimensional and have other complications in their life.
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My problem with this particular series is the "heroine", if you will. Annie's insecurity and feelings of guilt about everything has become a little tiresome. She needs to get over herself. I haven't finished the book, but I think I already know what the plot twist will be. I loved Collins' Kanner Lake series, but so far this series is a little whiny.
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The "Hidden Faces" series has been enjoyable. Brandilyn Collins is one of the more gifted writers I've read in Christian fiction; other authors have been average at best in their plots and even basic sentence structure, but Ms. Collins writes some good books that allow you to get absorbed in a story that also supports your faith.
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I have read this book myself, but bought this copy for a gift. My sister found it so interesting that she said she was up half the night reading it as she couldn't put it down. Anything written by Brandilyn Collins is great reading as far as I'm concerned. There's a great amount of mystery without all the gore of many non-Christian books written by others. I'd recommend the whole series, highly!
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