Thursday, December 4, 2008

Review: Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins

About the Book: Dark Pursuit—A twisting story of murder, betrayal, and eternal choices

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

My Review: This is the first book by Brandilyn Collins I've read, but I have been reading her blog Forensics and Faith for awhile. She has a tagline of "Seatbelt Suspense" and in the intro to this book, she wrote something like, "Don't Forget to Breathe."

I have to admit I was skeptical. Could any suspense book be that good?

Well, I think I breathed through the whole thing, but this book is definitely fast paced and full of suspense! It's an interesting premise and I was never exactly sure what was going on...or who to trust. It's a relatively short read at under 300 pages, and focuses more on the suspense aspect of the story than really being a mystery. In fact, I didn't think the ending was entirely necessary, I would have found this a satisfying read without it. (that's all I can say...vague though it might be)

Collins has a nice clear writing style and while there wasn't tremendous character development, it's the perfect read for that dark and stormy night! Please note this is a Christian fiction novel, but the God talk is very very light practically non-existent. A few references to prayer and relying on God is about it.

Check it out on Amazon.


Alyce said...

Dark Pursuit was my first Brandilyn Collins book too, and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised at how fast-paced and suspenseful it was.

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

While I wished for more character development, I did enjoy this one. Surprisingly good for how short it was.

Edgy Inspirational Author said...

You read my review so you know that I cruised right through this one and enjoyed it thoroughly, then wham! Surprise, surprise. Didn't work for me, though. I, too, would've been fine if not happier without the twist at the end. But Brandilyn is still one of my favorite suspense writers. :) She's amazing.

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