Monday, January 23, 2012
Book Review - Gone to Ground
Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. Its citizens 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 poisonous.
In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago—a sixth victim.
Now three terrified women are sure they know who the murderer is—someone dear to them. Unaware of the others’ suspicions, each woman must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each suspects a different man.
Gone to Ground (March 2012, B&H Fiction, $14.99, Trade Paper) is the latest suspense by Brandilyn Collins (OVER THE EDGE, DECEIT, EXPOSURE). As Brandilyn's 23rd book, this is her first set in the South.
"To research this book, I traveled to Jasper County, Mississippi, where my fictional town is set," says Collins. "I met people, interviewed them, and walked the exact area where my town of Amaryllis is placed. I love placing suspense in small towns, because there, everybody thinks they know everything about everybody.
They don't. The secrets just run … deeper." BRANDILYN COLLINS is the bestselling author of 23 novels, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense® -- fast-paced, character-driven novels with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice. In 2002, The Writer magazine named her nonfiction release, Getting Into Character (John Wiley Sons) one of the best books on writing published that year. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.
For more information, please visit BrandilynCollins.com.
My Take on the Book
The author of this book did an amazing job at researching the topic in general.I found that after I started this book I had to keep reading to find out what happened next. Note that I did not say that I wanted to keep reading. While I did want to keep reading, I came to find that I just felt compelled as well to keep reading and to find out what would happen next in the lives of these characters that the author so cleverly developed for the reader. This book is definitely a must read and one that I would highly recommend!
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