Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Deceit by Brandilyn Collins - REVIEWED

Don’t rationalize – I hate that!” (p. 186)

Melissa Harkoff is not a character that tolerates Christians who lie to her and then rationalize an excuse to do so. Joanne Weeks, a skip tracer by trade, has never considered the fact that she often lies in order to gain the information she needs when tracking someone who has disappeared. So, when Joanne and Melissa come face to face (amid a shower of bullets no less!) Melissa begins their relationship by pointing out to her that her Christianity must not be too important to her if she lies so easily and often. Hmmm! Joanne has more to think about now than the unsolved murder of her best friend and the mysterious masked man she almost ran over with her SUV. Now she must consider her own morality as she struggles to deal with this very angry young woman!!

Brandilyn Collins is at it again folks!! Deceit not only takes you on another seatbelt suspense journey, but throughout the story Collins is cleverly exploring the fact that everyone – Christians included – are quite willing to wear a mask of deceit to cover the darkness they hope no one ever sees. Joanne Weeks comes up against a wall of misinformation as she seeks to find the one person who can tell her who murdered her best friend. It seems that will include ripping the façade off of one of the town’s most highly respected men in the process – a man who possesses the power to determine whether or not you live or die in fact!! Once Joanne begins the search for this murderous villain the action and suspense ramp up at a frantic pace! And, as always, the real villain is tucked away in plain sight – so be careful who you trust in this story!!

Deceit will make a terrific summer read, so pick up your copy today!

Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). She is now working on her 20th book.