CFBA Tour: Deceit by Brandilyn Collins

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This week, the


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


Deceit


Zondervan (June 18, 2010)


by


Brandilyn Collins


I love Brandilyn’s books and this one did not disappoint. First, you have a fascinating career: skip tracing. There’s a strong heroine who is determined to prove that the town hero murdered her best friend. And there’s Brandilyn’s simultaneous plots. They run at the same time and collide in one tense ending. There’s also the tiniest hint of a developing romance.

But I think what I found challenging about this book was the underlying thread about deceit. When is it okay to lie? As Christians is it ever okay? What if your job requires it? What if your past requires it? What if you have to lie to survive? And how does that look to the world? Are we suddenly no different from everybody else?

Read this book for a tight suspense plot which will keep the pages turning in quick succession. Turn the pages to see if Joanne is going to survive. But don’t miss the deeper theme running throughout. Another great offering from one of my favorite’s Brandilyn Collins.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Skip Tracer Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed his second wife—and Joanne’s best friend—seven years ago. But Jackson, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man.

The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but Joanne is determined to bring Jackson down. Using her skip tracing skills, she sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, now twenty-two, who lived in the Jackson home at the time of Linda Jackson’s disappearance.

As Joanne drives home on a rainy winter night, a hooded figure darts in front of her car. In her headlight beams she glimpses the half-concealed face of a man, a rivulet of blood jagging down his cheek. She squeals to a stop but clips him with her right fender. Shaking, she gets out of her car in the pouring rain. The man will not let her see his face. Before he limps off into the night he warns her not to talk to police.

As Joanne tries to find Melissa, someone seems to be after her. Who was the man she hit on the road. Is Baxter Jackson out to silence her? Or is some other skip she’s traced in the past now out for revenge?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Deceit, go HERE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.

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