Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gone To Ground by Brandilyn Collins - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from B&H Publishing)
 Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison.

In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago—a sixth murder.

Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is—someone they love. None is aware of the others’ suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

My Thoughts:
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” (p. 147)

Cheri Mae Divine quotes a lot of folks in the course of this story, none so appropriate as this Ocsar Wilde quote found in chapter 20. At the point these words appear in the story, the three main characters all believe – totally believe – that they know the identity of the serial killer stalking their town. By the time these three ladies come together (Cheri Mae, Deena and Tully) six women have been brutally murdered and at least three men have exhibited behavior strange enough to warrant suspicion and even jail time. It is a brutal situation for everyone involved, and the answer is….well, it’s not simple.

Brandilyn Collins continues to live up and surpass her moniker of “seat-belt suspense”! This plot has so many anxious moments, twists and turns, false leads and near misses that I was completely worn out by the time the mystery was solved. Alas, I didn’t pick the right guy, but I at least suspected him at one time! But there are a lot of suspicious folks roaming around in the pages of this novel! Life in the small town of Amaryllis is anything but pure and simple! There are a lot of things going on beneath the surface of these “good” folks, and a lot of it is brought to the surface through the prayer and diligence of three of the town’s very unsuspecting citizens!

Gone to Ground is a thrill ride to be sure, and should not be missed! I loved it!!

About the Author:
  Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. She is a three-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner and has received Inspirational Readers’ Choice and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice honors. Brandilyn and her family have homes in California and Idaho.

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