The Closet Killings have claimed five victims in three years in the town of Amaryllis (pop. 1700). All middle-aged women who lived alone. All killed in their beds, then stuffed in the bedroom closet. Now there is a sixth victim_ young widow Erika Hollinger.
The story is told from three different points of view, three women who are sure they know who the murderer is, and who have reason to want to hide that knowledge. Cleaner Cherrie Mae Devine knows the murderer is the mayor. Pregnant Tully Phillips knows it is her husband. And hairdresser Deena Ruckland knows it is her simple-minded younger brother. Who is right? Or are these simply red herrings, designed to distract us from the real murderer? The story is interspersed with articles from local Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trent Williams give background information about the town and the personalities involved in the investigation.
This is an excellent who-dun-it, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the investigators (and the reader) guessing. The three narrators were well-developed characters, with each woman having her own distinct voice, which makes it easy to understand the changing points of view. I liked each of them (although Cherrie Mae's use of the word â€˜police' got old quickly - if the emphasis had to be included, I think I would have found â€˜po-lice' less intrusive).
While Cherrie Mae is a Christian and she prays with the other narrators, it is not clear whether or not they are Christians, nor is it relevant. Although Gone to Ground is not an overtly Christian novel, this is less of an issue to me in a mystery or thriller than it would being a romance, where it is vital that the hero and heroine share a relationship with God. Overall, well worth reading if you like mysteries. Recommended
Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
When you read books by some authors you know there will be certain elements to the story. It doesn't necessarily make the story less entertaining, in that these authors generally add twists and turns the keep you engaged. HOWEVER, I must say there is nothing predictable about a Brandilyn Collins' book. Actually I take that back, there is one thing that is predictable, it's going to be a wild ride from beginning to end! To date I've read ten of her books and each one offer an exciting an unique storyline, Gone to Ground is no exception.
In this story you find a quiet southern town with its very serial killer, one who has been very careful not to make a mistake. With the discovery of the sixth victim, three women find damning evidence identifying the killer. When the police make an arrest, one is devastated and the other two are confused. As they begin to open up to one other they realize they each suspect a different man. They then join forces to determine the identity of the killer.
One of the things that made this such an engaging story is that the author writes it from the perspective of each of our heroine. How each of them interpret the events around them. The relationship that develops between them is also touching and yet real.
As a typical Brandilyn Collins' book, the action is fast paced and well-done. She does a great job of keeping you guessing on who the killer is, though if you're a hard core mystery person you may start to suspect the identity of the killer before he is finally revealed.
If you are a Brandilyn Collins' fan already you won't be disappointed with this story. If you are new to this author you will enjoy her work if you enjoy murder mysteries. I would say her descriptions of the murder scene are not as graphic as a Steve James, but if you are a visual person you will have no trouble imaging the scene.
I did receive this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com however, the opinions are mine.
Who is the Closet Killer? The charming town of Amaryllis has been haunted by 6 murders in a 3 year period, with all 6 horrible crimes committed the same way. The serial killer is at large and the town living in fear.Three different woman, Cherrie Mae, Tully, and Deena, have different suspects in mind - and each are convinced that they are right. As the women become connected through a series of seemingly random events that put them on the path of the killer, they face the greatest danger they could imagine.
Gone to Ground is a fantastic thriller, filled with twists and turns and an ending I truly didn't see coming till the last chapters. The story absolutely flew by with it's fast pace, and is expertly unveiled through the different points of view of the three main characters Cherrie Mae, Tully, and Deena. Cherrie Mae was definitely my favourite character, and I wish I could meet her in future works with her spunk, no-nonsense attitude, and intimate ways with God. My heart broke for the other two as themes of betrayal and affairs and spousal abuse emerged, but I was also able to cheer at the triumphant ending - at least for the 3 women anyway! The mystery is concluded in a most excellent matter, leaving the reader with a sense of justice being served.
If you have never had the chance to read a book by Brandilyn Collins, you are missing out! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher via netgalley for the purposes of this unbiased review.
In this novel Brandilyn Collins takes us to Amaryllis a little town in Mississippi where everybody knows everybody. And everybody knows what the other is doing. But nobody knows who â€˜The Closet Killer' is. Three women think they know who he is, but each woman suspects a different man.
The Closet Killer has murdered five women in the past three years. They were all stabbed with a knife in their neck and were found in their bedroom closet. Now a sixth woman was found murdered.
Three women are convinced that the man they know has murdered this last victim. Cherrie Mae thinks one of her clients did it. Deena thinks her brother did it. Tully thinks her husband did it. They all have believable arguments to think that the man they know is the killer.
The women get together and learn from each other that all three men have a motive to have murdered this last victim. Together they try to figure out who the real killer is.
Gone to Ground is a gripping page-turner. The story was very well written. I loved to read each woman's thoughts and their own manner of speech. This made the characters more real to me.
Usually I figure out pretty soon who the bad guy is, but not this time. I had not guessed who the killer was. Good job, Brandilyn!
I have been a fan of Brandilyn Collins since the first book of hers I ever read. So far, though, I do believe that Gone To Ground is my favorite. The action takes place in the small town of Amaryllis, Mississippi. Normally a quiet little town, it has been rocked by 5 unsolved murders in 3 years. The story opens following the murder of yet another victim. She was killed in the same method as the first five women, but a common factor is missing.The story is told by 3 different women who each suspect a different person of committing the crimes. All three men have a motive to have murdered the latest victim.
At first Cherrie Mae, Deena, and Tully keep their suspicions to themselves, but eventually team together to try to solve this mystery. The moral dilemma of turning in a loved one or respected leader versus the turning a blind eye to evil and risking the lives of others. Each woman must decide what to do with the info she has and whom she can trust and believe.
Gone To Ground is without a doubt a gripping page-turner. Each woman was able to make a compelling argument for the person they suspected, yet each hoped to be proven wrong. I also loved the way that an entire chapter was written in a style that was suited to her personality and manner of speech. It certainly got me more involved with each character as an individual. This was a very satisfying mystery and I most definitely recommend it to other fans of this genre!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.