So I finally read Gone to Ground, which I've had for about a month now. The timing had to be just right 'cause you can't read Brandilyn Collins when you're alone. Or when it's dark out. Or_ Anyway it was awesome, as usual.
One small town. Six murders. Three women. Three different suspects. One serial killer. Once again Brandilyn proves why she's the queen of inspirational suspense. Or just suspense in general. She also nails the small southern town atmosphere. And the characters are great. If you like suspense and you haven't read Brandilyn Collins yet, don't wait any longer! Well, you can wait 'til it's daylight. That's allowed.
Brandilyn Collins spins a wonderful tale of murder and suspense in the small town of Amaryllis, Mississippi. This was by far one of the best suspense books I have ever read.
In the past three years a serial killer has been at work in the quiet little town of Amaryllis, who is killing off single women of various ages. Now that there has been a sixth murder no one is sure who they can trust. The town is growing restless because it seems the police department can't catch a break on the case and people are wondering why they won't call in the state police to help.
The only thing that might help to catch the killer is a local boy turned big time reporter, Trent Williams, has written article after article about the killings. In fact these articles helped Trent win a Pulitzer Prize, will Trent be able to persuade the girls to tell him what they know?
By sheer luck or the hand of providence, three different women believe they know the killer. Cherrie Mae Devine is the best house cleaner in town, and also one of the best Christians you would ever want to meet. While cleaning the house of a very prominent member of town she "stumbles" on what she thinks has to be evidence that he is the killer. Deena Ruckland the town hairdresser who was once married to one of the officers investigating the murders, is positive she knows who the killer is also. Then there is sweet young pregnant Tully Phillips who is absolutely sure she knows the killer. The only problem is it seems to be three different men. Can they pool their resources and figure this out before the killer strikes again or before one of them becomes the next victim?
This book was an absolute page turner extraordinaire; I didn't want to put it down. I just knew I too had figured out the killer along with Cherrie Mae, Deena and Tully but boy were we all wrong! This is an ending you will not see coming. All I can say is Brandilyn_Job Well Done!
I have read every book this author has written and have all of them in my library. I love her writing. This book was so different from her normal but I absolutely loved it. The 3 main characters spoke mostly in first person which usually turns me off immediately, but I read every single word and was never bored. I did know who the killer was very early on, but that is a thing I usually know right away. Not because I really have the knowledge to figure it out, I am just an average person, but it always seems to come to me. My mom lives with me and we read the same books and she cannever figure it out. Anyway, great story and very interesting.
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins was a great murder mystery. The story took place in a small town in Amaryllis, Mississippi. Some interesting facts about the flower Amaryllis , which the town was named after, are that it is red, beautiful, fragrant, and poisonous. You need to dig it up every once in awhile or else it will grow further underneath the ground. Such as in a murder you need to keep digging to figure out whom the murderer is or the case will become buried.
In the local paper called The Jackson Bugle there was a section called "Gone to Ground" that reported the murders occurring in the town. The article always started out "What happens to a small, quiet Southern town when evil invades in the form of a serial killer?".
There were six women who were murdered the same way in the carotid artery with a paring knife and then stuffed into the bedroom closet which gave them the name of the "Closet Killings".
Three women thought that the person they knew had committed the murders. Cherrie Mae, a Christian lady who cleaned houses, believed that the mayor of the town had committed the murders. She cleaned his house and found evidence once in the house (pictures of the murdered women in his file and the necklace of the woman who was recently murdered). Tully believed her husband had done the murders because she found blood on the doorknobs in her house and blood in his truck. Deena believed her brother committed the murders because he came home with bloody overalls. One day these ladies get together and tell each other their viewpoints. (The story is told from the viewpoints of these three ladies.) Then they start to try to solve the mystery together.
You will have to read the book to find out who committed the murders. I really enjoyed the book. This is the first book I have ever read of this author and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
This unbiased review was based on an electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
Really, really good. The story is told from three different points of views, from three different, terrified ladies who each has a different suspect for the same horrible crimes committed in the span of three years within the small community of Amaryllis. And each women suspects someone who is very close to her. Like these three ladies, you will be certain from the beginning about the identity of the killer, and you will constantly change your mind, and go back to start, and then think it over and realize that no, the killer is this other guy, but then, wait a second, no, no, no, it's the third guy, and you will second guess yourself every step of the way. Which makes for a really good reading experience; entertaining and exciting.
The lead characters' voices are very well written and defined. The story is nicely told, with enough action, mystery and anticipation. It's not perfect, though. You will know, just know in the nick of time who the murderer really is; you will guess it, and you will instantly know why this person did it, but it doesn't take away from the experience. And I think the novel should have ended before it did. The last chapter was unnecessary; just adding one or two paragraphs once everything was resolve would have been enough.
But it still is a very good mystery with great twists and turns. Keep in mind that, yes, there is a serial killer on the loose, but this story is not gruesome or horrifying. The crimes are not too detailed, so it's not unpleasant or offensive.
More like 4 1/2 stars out of 5
*I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.