The characters of Violet Dawn drew me into their lives immediately. Written by Brandilyn Collins, Violet Dawn plunks us down in the small town of Kanner Lake as we wonder who put the dead body in Paige's hot tub. The dead woman was a former movie star and no one in town seemed to care that she was missing and presumed dead. But justice must be served. Despite dealing with deep personal problems of his own the Chief of Police doesn't leave any stone unturned as he investigates. Who could be reponsible?Was it the least likely suspect?Or was it...?The investigation speeds up and as the story comes to an end the twists and turns in this tightly oven and fast-paced suspense will leave you breathless!
Brandilyn Collins always warns us to remember to breathe, but sometimes it just isnt possibleespecially when youre right in the middle of her newest thriller, Violet Dawn. From the first scene, when Paige Williams eases into the hot tub on her deck overlooking Kanner Lake in the Idaho woods, only to find that the tub is already occupied by a floating corpse, to her terrifying confrontation with a man who spends his time dreaming up new and more painful ways to commit murder, the suspense is relentless. If you enjoy an edge-of-your-seat page-turner, it doesnt get any better than this!
High on suspense and characterization, Collins proves her worth with another well-written mystery. Kanner Lake is sure to become a household word, with its inhabitants jumping off the page and into our hearts. Caveats: disturbing mental images of abuse and struggle with a corpse. Otherwise, it's just peachy.
Be prepared to sit for a while when you pick up this book. Brandilyn Collins has taken suspense to another level with "Violet Dawn". I couldn't put it down and spent the last four and a half hours with my new friends from Kanner Lake.The depth in the characters is thoroughly engaging. You will laugh with them as well as cry. Setting is wonderfully woven in the story to bring a detailed view of where each person fits with the town and surroundings. The plot holds mysteries which keep the pages turning from the moment you begin.WELL worth the read and a high recommendation. Can't wait for book 2 in the series.
Kanner Lake, Idaho is a picturesque out of the way resort town ninety minutes to Canada where twenty-five years old Paige Williams settles to disappear from her past. Still in spite of this haven, she does not sleep well as the shadows frighten her. Her insomnia sends Paige to her hot tub for a soothing dip. She enters only to be greeted by her hand touching and pulling the hair of a corpse.<P>Paige debates calling the police, but knows that even if local law enforcement proved trustworthy, which she assumes they are not from her experience with cops, the call would bring the media and her past out into the open. Paiges past has most likely found her; feeling isolated with no one to turn to, Paige knows she must get her act together, do something with the body of ancient movie legend Edna San, and decide on whether to fight against an overwhelming deadly opponent or flee even though she has nowhere to go if they found her here. Praying for a miracle, Paige begins her first baby steps in her latest life and death struggle.<P>The above paragraphs describe the opening action that sets the tone of a terrific suspense thriller as the audience feels the trepidation and apprehension that almost paralyzes the beleaguered heroine. The atmosphere is foreboding as the normally serene locales coax the reader into anticipating horrible occurrences. Paige keeps the first Kanner Lake tale in focus though other well designed subplots including a flashback to a child augment the prime theme of a woman in trouble. Fascinatingly, readers are not sure by whom only that her past, which slowly is provided, has returned with deadly intent. This is one author worth reading if VIOLET DAWN is any indication of her novels as newcomers like this reviewer will seek out her Hidden Faces series.<P>Harriet Klausner