A taut, suspenseful read: My review of "Dark Justice" by Brandilyn Collins

Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Brandilyn Collins, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dark Justice
B&H Books (October 1, 2013)
Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is a 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's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

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). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences.


If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.

While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Dark Justice, HERE.


my review.....

Brandilyn Collins has long been one of my favorite authors, so when I was given the chance to review "Dark Justice", I jumped at the opportunity! "Dark Justice" did not disappoint, as it is written with Brandilyn's signature taut writing, with scenes that explode with action and vivid description. The novel is impossible to put down, as I just had to see how things would resolve in the end. Hannah is a character to admire, one with a hidden courageous streak that turns her into a force to be reckoned with! I must say that this is the first suspense book where the main character has had to drag along her elderly mother, with dementia - but it sure made for some humorous moments indeed! The characters are lively and realistically portrayed, and I loved watching how they grew over the course of the story. The actual premise of the book is a disturbing one to consider, should it ever come true. The only aspect of the book I didn't love was actually the publisher's decision to place the author's note at the beginning of the story, as it really gives away the overall plot of the story. When I pick up a suspense book, I don't want to know a thing about the story; add to that the fact that Collins is a well-loved author, and I usually don't ever read the back of her books, but just know it will be a good book. I wish I hadn't read the author's note, just so I could have gone into the story knowing absolutely nothing about what was coming. If you are like me, I encourage you to skip right to the beginning of the story.

"Dark Justice" is a fine addition to Brandilyn Collins' collection of suspense novels. I highly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a very well-written suspense book that will hold you captive from beginning to end, then "Dark Justice" is what you are looking for!

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

Link to buy book:   http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1433679531