Brandilyn Collins is One of My Favorite Suspense Authors...
October 20, 2015
The small, sleepy town of Amaryllis, MS, suddenly has some action and secrets that terrify the townspeople.Over the course of three years, six women have all been killed with the same modus operandi. All but the last are older, single or widowed women.
With the last murder, the evidence clearly points to the guilty suspect. The problem is, three different women are positive three different men are guilty-- and all have "proof" for a cynical police chief.
I had forgotten why I liked Brandilyn Collins's books so much. Her stories fly swiftly along, as I hang on for dear life at the twists and turns that occur in the already unnerving journey. I love how Collins switches effortlessly between three very different, very complex protagonists to narrate the story. I especially loved her rendition of Cherrie Mae. Although Cherrie Mae doesn't sound well-educated, life with her husband produces literary quotes for any occasion, not to mention the calming influence and faith that wonderful lady possesses. Everyone should be so fortunate to have a Cherrie Mae in his/her life!!
A quotable to live by(and not a literary quote). "You can hold your head high after going on from your mistakes. But you can't hold your head high if you live with those mistakes and never do anything to correct them." (Deena to Tully)
I gratefully received this fast moving page - turner from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins contains all the elements in a great mystery that I love. Not only that, but it is written in my favorite style of first person from the point of view of three different characters. The setting is a small Southern town of Amaryllis, Mississippi and the cover of the book is of the beautiful Amaryllis flower.
Five murders have occurred in the quaint Southern town over the past 3 years and most recently, a sixth. This is the story of a serial killer in the community and three women who each think they know who the killer is. The mystery is that each woman believes a different man to be the murderer. The storyline is especially captivating, and as previously stated, the writing style is fantastic. If you love great Southern fiction and mysteries, you will enjoy this book. Its the first book Ive read by this author and I can hardly wait to read others by her. I appreciate the unexpected twists and turns the story takes. It is a page turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
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.