Deceit: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Brandilyn Collins
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Zondervan / 2010 / ePub

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Joanne Weeks knows that Baxter Jackson killed his wife seven years ago---but the church elder still walks the streets a free man. Drawing on her investigative skills, Joanne is determined to bring Jackson to justice. Can she track down the only person who can put him behind bars---a woman who disappeared after the murder?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9780310560821
ISBN-13: 9780310560821
UPC: 025986560829
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it. Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’s best friend—six years ago. But Baxter, 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 she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as a professional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth— which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years' past, when Melissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in that household? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith, choices, and the lure of deceit.

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

Deceit, a mystery by Brandilyn Collins, attacks dishonesty to reveal truth about friendship and love. As a missing persons detective, Joanne Weeks is required to lie to reveal truth, but as a Christian she is required to love. These obligations divide Joanne between helping others through lying and loving the liars.

Deceit carries two stories. As Joanne meets new people in one chapter, we learn about these people's past in the next chapter. We want to shout warnings to Joanne that the people she is trusting are dishonest because we have seen their true character.

Joanne has never accepted the death of Linda Jackson as a mere accident. Her best friend was murdered, but the only suspect is the town's philanthropist and Linda's religious husband. This tangled network of suspicion leads Joanne’s search for the couple’s lost foster daughter and the murder’s witness, Melissa. However, Melissa's past action puts this young woman’s integrity into question.

Joanne Weeks has the stuff of a plucky woman. Even after her husband passes away, she has continued to enjoy her work and life. Unfortunately, whereas Joanne’s character comes vividly to life, the secondary characters never leave the page. Shallow relationships leave the readers wading in waters in which they would prefer to swim.

Women will find Deceit as satisfying as a glass of water – its Christian flavor may be tasteless, but its plot is refreshing. Clever construction seasoned with intense scenes and a dash of romance makes Deceit a truly good overall story. – Micah M. Hancock,

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  1. Detroit, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deceit Indeed
    November 26, 2012
    Detroit, MI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Deceit.
    Wow, this book was definitely a page turner. Brandilyn never lies when she tells us to buckle our seatbelts before reading her novels. Great, great read!
  2. Georgia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyed this book!
    January 26, 2012
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Deceit.
    This book was a free ebook, which is why I started reading it. I kept reading it, though, because it was a very interesting thriller that kept my attention. It was a little scary if you aren't used to reading thrillers. It kept me guessing for most of the book, which was fun.
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another hit
    August 10, 2011
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Deceit.
    I love Brandilyn Collins. Another thriller. Well done!
  4. Mesa, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This was an excellent read.
    March 7, 2011
    Mesa, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Deceit.
    Brandilyn has done it again. This was a suspenseful read with a surprise twist at the end. I found it difficult to put aside.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved it!
    January 27, 2011
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Deceit.
    Joanne Weeks is a a skiptracer. Hunting down folks who have skipped bail, but this time, she has a big fish in her sights. And it is not a skipper, it is a well respected business man, Baxter Johnson, in her town. She is sure that he has killed both of his wives, his first wife, Linda being her best friend. However her accusations to the police chief are overheard and make the front page of the local newspaper, needless to say the heat is up now.

    During a storm someone jumps out in front of her vehicle, warning her that she needs to find Melissa Harkoff, the sixteen year old foster child of Baxter and Linda, at the time of Linda's death. Joanne starts on a course of trying to find the now twenty two year old Melissa.

    A wild night after she finally finds Melissa, convinces Joanne that she is in eminent danger. In fact she is pretty sure the guy trying to kill Melissa is also trying to kill her. She knows that Baxter Johnson is behind it all, despite his lousy attempt of doing the "Christian" thing, by bringing the pastor to her house. Joanne is determined that the truth will come out about these deaths! She feels like she owes it to her friend Linda.

    This is the first Brandilyn Collins book that I have read and I loved it. This book was exciting and you were on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next. I loved the characters and the story, just a great book, that you will not want to miss! 314 pages US $14.99 5 stars

    This book was provided by Christian Bookworm Reviews for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review.
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