Song Stuck on the Brain: Diamonds by Rihanna
Seatbelt Suspense is a very accurate description for Brandilyn Collins' books. I'm a long time fan of her work, so reviewing her latest was a no brainer and a thrill.
I've noticed a bit of a shift in the author's story telling tone. The suspense is just as intense, but her more recent work has taken an even deeper look into the personal and family life of the characters. In Dark Justice, Hannah Shire would have had enough on her plate with saving the world, but learning to live with and handle her mother illness adds a whole new level of complication. And her mother, Carol, isn't just a sub-story or side act to entertain or distract the reader and build suspense. Carol's story is real and touching. I appreciated the way Brandilyn presented the issue. Carol is a wonderful character. I love her 'dancing'. :)
Of course the main reason for me to read a book by Mrs. Collins, is the suspense and mystery. Dark Justice is fiction, but it's not an outrageous or inconceivable concept. In fact it's based on a real life study that the author read about where the US power grids were tested for weaknesses. It was found the whole country could go dark with a little effort and about a $60 piece of software. Scary right? How would you stop it if you were given a chance? Who would you trust? Who could you trust? What would happen to our country if it couldn't be stopped?
These are all compelling questions that beg for answers. Want to know how Hannah does it? Go get a copy of Dark Justice right away - and don't plan on sleeping for a while.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.
While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.
The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twenty-seven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?
Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .
If you'd like to read the first chapter of Dark Justice, HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.
Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.
When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences.