Brink of Death, Hidden Faces Series #1   -     By: Brandilyn Collins
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Brink of Death, Hidden Faces Series #1

Zondervan / 2004 / Paperback

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Terror rocks Groves Landing when a woman is murdered after surprising an intruder. Twelve-year-old Erin witnessed the crime and works with artist Annie Kingston to construct a composite sketch. But Erin is traumatized and Annie is inexperienced in forensics. What if they lead detectives in the wrong direction . . . and the real killer remains free? 400 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310251036
ISBN-13: 9780310251033
UPC: 025986251031
Availability: In Stock
Series: Hidden Faces

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The noises, faint, fleeting, whispered into her consciousness like wraiths passing in the night. Twelve-year-old Erin Willit opened her eyes to darkness lit only by the dim green nightlight near her closet door and the faint glow of a street lamp through her front window. She felt her forehead wrinkle, the fingers of one hand curl as she tried to discern what had awakened her. Something was not right . . . Annie Kingston moves to Grove Landing for safety and quiet—and comes face to face with evil. When neighbor Lisa Willet is killed by an intruder in her home, Sheriff’s detectives are left with little evidence. Lisa’s daughter, Erin, saw the killer, but she’s too traumatized to give a description. The detectives grow desperate. Because of her background in art, Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But Annie knows little about forensic art or the sensitive interview process. A nonbeliever, she finds herself begging God for help. What if her lack of experience leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face that doesn’t exist. Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood . . .

Author Bio

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at and her blog at

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  1. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    May 1, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I have read some of Brandilyn Collins' more recent works and enjoyed them, so I thought I would go back and read some of her earlier books. This book is set in California, and the main character is Annie Kingston.

    Annie is a divorced mother of two children. Her son is 15 and has begun to hang out with the wrong crowd and do drugs. In an attempt to help him, she moves to her wealthy father's home away from the city that he left her in his will upon his death. Upon her father's death, Annie quit her job as a courtroom artist. One night Annie is awakened by sirens and discovers her neighbor has been murdered. Due to her skills as an artist, the local detectives asks her if she can help by drawing the murderer as seen by the only eye witness, the murder victim's 11-year-old daughter. Once the picture is finished, the detective places it in the local newspapers without any response.

    Annie feels she is to blame for the murder as she has found a file in her father's home office from a case he was working on at his death. This file seems to be what the murder was after; he just chose the wrong house in order to get it. Annie continues to plead with the detective to let her be involved in the case to assuage her guilty conscience. She has never been a Christian, so she has no avenue other than work to try to work through this guilt. She does meet the police chaplain as well as the murder victim's church friends and begins to think maybe there is something to this God stuff and prayer.

    To me this book didn't have the suspense throughout the book apparent in later books. The main character's insistence in being involved in the case and the detective allowing her to be involved didn't seem very realistic. I did like how she was portrayed as a struggling, single, divorced mom, raising her children alone; I did think that was very realistic. This story just didn't seem to grab my attention like her other books. I do plan to read the next book in this series and hopefully it will be more to my liking.
  2. Dallas, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not for me
    January 2, 2013
    Dallas, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Decent mystery, but I'm not a fan of the writing style. I have never read any book by Brandilyn Collins so I don't know if this is her normal style. Annie is courtroom artist that tries her hand at forensic artistry when her neighbor is murdered and the daughter, Erin, saw the killer. The writing contained entirely too much psychological anxiety in Annie's thoughts and not enough story for me. I did like the way Erin's family showed love and Christian compassion in the midst of their grief.
  3. Charlotte NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 12, 2012
    Charlotte NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Brink of Death - eBook.
    I read the entire series. All four were good and was true to life about raising teens. Thankfully we don't have to deal with murder. Good mystery.
  4. United States
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't Forget to Breath!
    April 2, 2011
    United States
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was my second book that I have read by Brandilyn, the first one being her novel, Deceit. Was I disappointed? I am glad to say that I was not.

    Brandilyn's style of writing is the same as it was in Deceit: Quick-paced and thrilling. The plot was definitely a great one.

    The imagery was wonderful and I especially enjoyed the description of the Kingston's street. You will know what I am talking about when you read the novel.

    This book (and I am sure the rest of the series) gives us a look into the profession of forensic art. This is a topic that has always fascinated me and I am glad that Brandilyn put some good focus and gave us some good information on it.

    This book is written in the first person (with the exception of the prologue which is in the point of view of the victim's daughter. There are also multiple chapters in which it is the killer's point of view third person). Brandilyn succeeds in putting us in Annie's mind and letting us see all her emotions.

    All the characters are great and I hope to see all of them come back in the next book in the series which is called The Hidden Faces Series.

    Brink of Death definitely lives up to Brandilyn's logo, Seatbelt Suspense: Don't Forget to Breath.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 25, 2010
    William Bryson
    Mrs. Collins is a gifted writer who spins a story that makes it hard to put the story down. My wife an I love Terri Blackstocks books but we read all her books and have been searching for a new writer we enjoy. I think we found another great one in Mrs. Collins. Just started the first chapter of the second book in the series and already I'm hooked. Good reading ahead.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Brandilyn Collins
Submitted: April 27, 2004

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I write in the suspense and contemporary genres for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins. I have also written the how-to book on writing fiction, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (published by John Wiley & Sons).

    What was your motivation behind this project?  All aspects of forensics are a hot topic these days in secular entertainment, from books to TV to movies. But little forensics has been found in Christian suspense. I wanted to be one of the first to fill that niche. I chose a forensic artist because of the myriad talents they must have, from knowing the science of facial features, bone structure and aging to their interpersonal skills of being able to interview victims. In creating the Hidden Faces series, I wanted to write books that are fast reads, page-turning suspense. And imbedded within the story, I wanted to clearly portray the message of God's salvation. As I wrote Brink of Death, my main target audience was the nonChristian who loves suspense. I hope to give that person an enjoyable read and also introduce him/her to the concept of salvation through Christ.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will find Brink of Death a fun, suspenseful, breath-holding read. I hope believers will also enjoy it because of its embedded Christian message. And most of all, I hope they will pass the book on to their nonChristian friends who love suspense.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Brink of Death is the first in my new Hidden Facies series about forensic artist Annie Kingston. Currently, four books are planned in the series.

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