I just finished reading Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins. It is told in the first person perspective from the three main characters. There have been five murders in the last three years in Amaryllis, Mississippi. Each person was killed in the exact same manner and then stuffed into a closet. The Amaryllis Police Department has been unable to solve the crime and catch the Closet Killer (as he has been dubbed). Then there is a sixth victim. Three different women believe they know who the Closet Killer is. Tully Phillips is nineteen years old, married, and expecting her first baby. Her husband, Mike came home late the night of the sixth killing and he had bloody hands. Deena Ruckland is thirty-two and owns Deenas Cut n Style. Her brother, Steve showed up at her house the night of the killing with blood on his uniform. Steve is mentally challenged and has been picked on his whole life. He refused to answer his sisters questions. Cherrie Mae Devine is a house cleaner. One of her clients is Mayor Austin Bradmeyer and his wife, Eva. Cherrie Mae was cleaning his office and looked in one of the Mayors desk drawers. She noticed a file that was marked Closet Killer. The file contains photos of each victim and the ring of the last victim is in the drawer.
These three ladies will come together to unravel the clues and solve the killings. Who is the Closet Killer? I found Gone to Ground to be a difficult novel to read. The women talk with a Southern accent which was hard to read. I did not enjoy the first person perspective. If it had been told from one persons point-of-view, it would have been okay. However, it kept switching between the women making the reader guess which lady is it now. I did like that this was a Christian mystery (no foul language or sex). The mystery was very easy to solve (I was hoping it would be more difficult). The writing is good, but I felt the book needed a little reworking. I give Gone to Ground 3.75 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of Gone to Ground from the author (and Book Club Network Inc.) in exchange for an honest review.
Amaryllis, Mississippi is a typical small town America. Everyone knows everyone and everyone thinks they know everything about everyone. However, for the past three years, Amaryllis has kept a secret. How could five women die and No one knows anything? But when a sixth woman is killed in the same manner, three women find evidence to support three different men as being the killer.
Brandilyn Collins has written another page turner. I love how she tells the story from three different women's perspective. Cherrie Mae was by far my favorite. She was the older no nonsense southern Christian woman who everybody knows and loves. Cleaning houses for a living, she knows some secrets but also knows discretion. Until a piece of a puzzle doesn't fit. She then joins forces with Tully, a nineteen year old married and pregnant woman. She feels that she has the unlocking piece of evidence but it would lead to a different killer. Enter Deena, the proverbial hair dresser who find out gossip just by listening to her clients, she has information that could lead to the arrest of another man who is very dear to her heart. When these three women team up, they are able to unravel some of the mystery. However, there is a very dangerous piece still missing.
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and hearing their thoughts and feelings. Usually when a book is written from many different perspectives, one can become lost and muddle in the storyline. Ms. Collins does an excellent job of keeping the story flowing with no confusion. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the ending seemed a little rushed.
I received a copy from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
If you love murder mysteries , then Gone to Ground is definitely the read for you with lots of twists and turns and surprises throughout the story , ones that you will be like he's the killer , um maybe not , he looks like the killer. Gone to Ground is a murder mystery that takes place in the small-town of Amaryliss , Maryland. Someone has been killing single women in their sleeps, stabbing them in the neck and then stuffing them into their closets. One of my favourite things in the novel, is that throughout the pages reporting for The Jackson Bugle is Trent Williamson - crime writer who each week posts articles about the serial killer - dubbed The Closet Killer. The cases are going unsolved until three women participate in their own form of detective work and find the evidence pointing towards them as the suspects.
Cherrie Mae, a cleaner thinks it's her employer the Mayor of Amaryliss, Tully is convinced that the killer is her husband Mike and Deena is sure that the evidence points to her brother Stevie. Are the three men involved or will it be a shocking revelation when the "REAL" killer is revealed at the end of the novel.
An enjoyable read for all Christian Edgy Content and Mystery Lover