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Authors: Brandilyn Collins

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Praise for Novels by Brandilyn Collins

Over the Edge

"Tense and dramatic . . . a dense and compact narrative that holds its tension while following the protagonist in a withering battle."

—New York Journal of Books

"A taut, heartbreaking thriller . . . Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages."

—Publishers Weekly

"A frightening and all-too-real scenario . . . very timely and meaningful book."

—RT Book Reviews

Deceit

". . . good storytelling and notable mystery . . . an enticing read [that poses] tough questions about truth and lies, power and control, faith and forgiveness."

—Publishers Weekly

"Solidly constructed . . . a strong and immediately likable protagonist. One of the Top Ten Inspirational Novels of 2010."

—Booklist

"Filled with excitement and intrigue, Collins' latest will keep the reader quickly turning pages . . . This tightly plotted mystery, filled with quirky characters, will appeal to suspense lovers everywhere."

—RT Book Reviews

". . . pulse-accelerating, winding, twisting storyline [that will] keep your attention riveted to the action until the very end."

—Christian Retailing

Exposure

". . . a hefty dose of action and suspense with a superb conclusion."

—RT Book Reviews

"Brandilyn Collins, the queen of Seatbelt Suspense®, certainly lives up to her well-deserved reputation.
Exposure
has more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster . . . Intertwining storylines collide in this action-packed drama of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended."

—CBA Retailers + Resources

"Captivating . . . the alternating plot lines and compelling characters in
Exposure
will capture the reader's attention, but the twist of events at the end is most rewarding."

—Christian Retailing

"Mesmerizing mystery . . . a fast-paced, twisting tale of desperate choices."

—TitleTrakk.com

"[Collins is] a master of her craft . . . intensity, tension, high-caliber suspense, and engaging mystery."

—The Christian Manifesto

Dark Pursuit

"Lean style and absorbing plot . . . Brandilyn Collins is a master of suspense."

—CBA Retailers + Resources

"Intense . . . engaging . . . whiplash-inducing plot twists . . . the concepts of forgiveness, restoration, selflessness, and sacrifice made this book not only enjoyable, but a worthwhile read."

—Thrill Writer

"Moves from fast to fierce."

—TitleTrakk.com

"Thrilling . . . characters practically leap off the page with their quirks and inclinations."

—Tennessee Christian Reader

Amber Morn

". . . a harrowing hostage drama . . . essential reading."

—Library Journal

"The queen of seatbelt suspense delivers as promised. Her short sentences and strong word choices create a 'here and now' reading experience like no other."

—TitleTrakk.com

"Heart-pounding . . . the satisfying and meaningful ending comes as a relief after the breakneck pace of the story."

—RT Book Reviews

"High octane suspense . . . a powerful ensemble performance."

—BookshelfReview.com

Crimson Eve

"One of the Best Books of 2007 . . . Top Christian suspense of the year."

—Library Journal, starred review

"The excitement starts on page one and doesn't stop until the shocking end . . . [
Crimson Eve
] is fast-paced and thrilling."

—Romantic Times

"The action starts with a bang . . . and the pace doesn't let up until this fabulous racehorse of a story crosses the finish line.

—Christian Retailing

"An unparalleled cat and mouse game wrought with mystery and surprise."

—TitleTrakk.com

Coral Moon

"A chilling mystery. Not one to be read alone at night."

—RT BOOKclub

"Thrilling . . . one of those rare books you hurry through, almost breathlessly, to find out what happens."

—Spokane Living

". . . a fascinating tale laced with supernatural chills and gut-wrenching suspense.

—Christian Library Journal

Violet Dawn

". . . fast-paced . . . interesting details of police procedure and crime scene investigation . . . beautifully developed [characters] . . ."

—Publishers Weekly

"A sympathetic heroine . . . effective flashbacks . . . Collins knows how to weave faith into a rich tale."

—Library Journal

"Collins expertly melds flashbacks with present-day events to provide a smooth yet deliciously intense flow . . . quirky townsfolk will help drive the next books in the series."

—RT BOOKclub

"Skillfully written . . . Imaginative style and exquisite suspense."

—1340mag.com

Web of Lies

"A master storyteller . . . Collins deftly finesses the accelerator on this knuckle-chomping ride."

—RT BOOKclub

"fast-paced . . . mentally challenging and genuinely entertaining."

—Christian Book Previews

Dead of Night

"Collins' polished plotting sparkles . . . unique word twists on the psychotic serial killer mentality. Lock your doors, pull your shades—and read this book at noon."

—RT BOOKclub
, Top Pick

". . . this one is up there in the stratosphere . . . Collins has it in her to give an author like Patricia Cornwell a run for her money."

—Faithfulreader.com

". . . spine-tingling, hair-raising, edge-of-the-seat suspense."

—Wordsmith Review

"A page-turner I couldn't put down, except to check the locks on my doors."

—Authors Choice Reviews

Stain of Guilt

"Collins keeps the reader gasping and guessing . . . artistic prose paints vivid pictures . . . High marks for original plotting and superb pacing."

—RT BOOKClub

". . . a sinister, tense story with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat."

—Wordsmith Shoppe

Brink of Death

". . . an abundance of real-life faith as well as real-life fear, betrayal and evil. This one kept me gripped from beginning to end."

—Contemporary Christian Music

"Collins' deft hand for suspense brings on the shivers."

—RT BOOKclub

"Gripping . . . thrills from page one."

—christianbookpreviews.com

Dread Champion

"Compelling . . . plenty of intrigue and false trails."

—Publisher's Weekly

"Finely-crafted . . . vivid . . . another masterpiece that keeps the reader utterly engrossed."

—RT BOOKclub

". . . riveting mystery and courtroom drama."

—Library Journal

Eyes of Elisha

"Chilling . . . a confusing, twisting trail that keeps pages turning."

—Publisher's Weekly

"A thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end."

—Library Journal

"Unique and intriguing . . . filled with more turns than a winding mountain highway."

—RT BOOKclub

"One of the top ten Christian novels of 2001."

—christianbook.com

Other Novels by Brandilyn Collins

Over the Edge

Deceit

Exposure

Dark Pursuit

Rayne Tour Series
(cowritten with Amberly Collins)

Always Watching

Last Breath

Final Touch

Kanner Lake Series

Violet Dawn

Coral Moon

Crimson Eve

Coral Moon

Hidden Faces Series

Brink of Death

Stain of Guilt

Dead of Night

Web of Lies

Chelsea Adams Series

Eyes of Elisha

Dread Champion

Bradleyville Series

Cast a Road Before Me

Color the Sidewalk for Me

Capture the Wind for Me

Copyright © 2012 by Brandilyn Collins

All rights reserved.

Printed in the United States of America

978-1-4336-7163-0

Published by B&H Publishing Group

Nashville, Tennessee

Dewey Decimal Classification: F

Subject Heading: MYSTERY FICTION \ HOMICIDE—FICTION \ ROMANTIC SUSPENSE NOVELS

Author represented by the literary agency of Alive Communications, Inc., 7680 Goddard Street, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80920, www.alivecommunications.com.

Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. (www.Lockman.org) Also used Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission.

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For my niece, Laura Sheppard.

What a joy to see you grow

and to anticipate what you will become.

Contents

Article 1

Prologue

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Article 2

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Article 3

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Article 4

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Article 5

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Article 6

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Article 7

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Article 8

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Article 9

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Article 10

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Article 11

Epilogue

Cherrie Mae Devine's Quotes

Discussion Questions

Acknowledgments

"What anxious moments pass between the birth of plots and their last fatal periods."

CATO,
BY JOSEPH ADDISON

http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2010-Feature-Writing

2010 Pulitzer Prize

Feature Writing

The Jackson Bugle

Gone to Ground

What happens to a small, quiet Southern town when evil invades in the form of a serial killer?

By: Trent Williams

October 29, 2010

(Excerpt)

Amaryllis, Mississippi, is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and Southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and the legendary ghost in its old cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its denizens are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it's named—bright and fragrant.

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