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Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Series: Hidden Faces
The noises, faint, fleeting, whispered into her consciousness like wraiths passing in the night. Twelve-year-old Erin Willit opened her eyes to darkness lit only by the dim green nightlight near her closet door and the faint glow of a street lamp through her front window. She felt her forehead wrinkle, the fingers of one hand curl as she tried to discern what had awakened her. Something was not right . . . Annie Kingston moves to Grove Landing for safety and quietand comes face to face with evil. When neighbor Lisa Willet is killed by an intruder in her home, Sheriffs detectives are left with little evidence. Lisas daughter, Erin, saw the killer, but shes too traumatized to give a description. The detectives grow desperate. Because of her background in art, Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But Annie knows little about forensic art or the sensitive interview process. A nonbeliever, she finds herself begging God for help. What if her lack of experience leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face that doesnt exist. Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood . . .
Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur dAlene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Submitted: April 27, 2004
Tell us a little about yourself. I write in the suspense and contemporary genres for Zondervan, the Christian division of HarperCollins. I have also written the how-to book on writing fiction, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (published by John Wiley & Sons).
What was your motivation behind this project? All aspects of forensics are a hot topic these days in secular entertainment, from books to TV to movies. But little forensics has been found in Christian suspense. I wanted to be one of the first to fill that niche. I chose a forensic artist because of the myriad talents they must have, from knowing the science of facial features, bone structure and aging to their interpersonal skills of being able to interview victims. In creating the Hidden Faces series, I wanted to write books that are fast reads, page-turning suspense. And imbedded within the story, I wanted to clearly portray the message of God's salvation. As I wrote Brink of Death, my main target audience was the nonChristian who loves suspense. I hope to give that person an enjoyable read and also introduce him/her to the concept of salvation through Christ.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope people will find Brink of Death a fun, suspenseful, breath-holding read. I hope believers will also enjoy it because of its embedded Christian message. And most of all, I hope they will pass the book on to their nonChristian friends who love suspense.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Brink of Death is the first in my new Hidden Facies series about forensic artist Annie Kingston. Currently, four books are planned in the series.