Character Spotlight: Irene Hannon’s Colin & Trish (with giveaway)

Dangerous IllusionsMeet a homicide detective and an art teacher in

Irene Hannon’s

romantic suspense

Dangerous Illusions



The Story

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Introducing Colin & Trish

Colin Flynn

Brief physical description

Colin is 35, 6’3”, with dark brown eyes and dark hair. As a police homicide detective, he keeps himself in excellent physical condition.


Rel: I’m going to go with Tom Ellis for Colin to help out Irene :)

Strengths and weaknesses

Colin is dedicated, professional,  determined, brave and loyal. In keeping with the name of the series (Code of Honor), he is also a man of great integrity. He has few weaknesses—although falling for a potential murder suspect in this book might qualify as one!

Quirk (if any)

No sure these are quirks, but he loves ice cream and has zero artistic talent.

Your inspiration for the character

My Code of Honor series features three childhood friends whose bond has been strengthened by time—and danger. As children (2 boys and a girl), they were drawn to each other because of traumas in their backgrounds. As a result of their histories, they took a pledge to make the world a better place when they grew up. I knew one of them would be a police detective, and because of the plot of this book, Colin was it!


Trish Bailey

Brief physical description

Trish is 34, 5’7”, blue eyes, shoulder-length, light-brown hair. She’s an art teacher in a disadvantaged area of the city.


Rel: And I went with Amanda Peet for Trish!

Strengths and weaknesses

Trish is dedicated, caring and loving, and she believes in giving back to the community and sharing her blessings. She tends to be too trusting—which turns out to be a weakness for her in this story.

Quirk (if any)

She appears to be forgetful. But is that real—or an illusion? :)

Your inspiration for the character

I needed a good match for Colin, and an appealing woman whose innocence is in question was perfect. I also wanted a woman whose faith has remained strong despite tragedy, in contrast to Colin, who has lots of questions and doubts about God. Her example helps him on his own faith journey.

Background to the story

In past series, I’ve revealed the villain early in the book and delved deep into his/her psyche to give readers insights the hero and heroine don’t have. I like giving villains plenty of air time, because they’re always fascinating. I wanted to continue that pattern with this series—but I also wanted to see if I could do that without giving away the villain’s identity until much later in the story. So I approached this book with that in mind—and came up with a twist that I think will take readers totally by surprise!

Thank you Irene!

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29 Responses to Character Spotlight: Irene Hannon’s Colin & Trish (with giveaway)

  1. I don’t usually like to know who the bad guy is until the end of the book! I do like it when the villain’s perspective is shown, though, so now I’m even more intrigued by this book!

  2. I love seeing the villain’s point of view, but I love the guessing game of who it could be!

  3. Usually at the end, harder to put down that way.

  4. I like the element of shock and discovery when the villain is revealed at the end.

  5. With suspense, I’m fine with knowing who the bad guy is at the beginning or working to figure it out and a reveal at the end.

  6. I like when it’s revealed later in the story and the author keeps you guessing throughout. It’s more suspenseful that way!

  7. End of the book.

  8. I actually like it both ways

  9. I prefer to find out the bad guy at the end of the story but have had fun reading some books where he is revealed early on.

  10. I prefer to find out at the end to give me a chance to try and figure out who it is myself :)

  11. danielle hammelef

    I like finding out through a twist who the villain is at the end best.

  12. Well considering I read the back of the book first, I guess that means I like to know who the villain is.

  13. I like both knowing who the bad guy is, and NOT knowing who he is. But when I don’t know until the end, I usually end up re-reading the book so that I can pick up on the little things that would give me a clue. Sounds like a good read!

  14. I like knowing ahead of time. But there is something about the shock value of finding out later! Thanks for the fun interview and the chance to win. I so want to read this!

  15. I like the mystery of trying to figure out the bad guy, so I have to say toward the end of the book.

  16. I usually prefer to have a reveal toward the end of the book. I have read some books that told the bad guy’s identity at the beginning, though, and I liked those too. I think it’s just probably a lot harder to write a really good book where the reader knows who the bad guy is right off the start.

  17. Either is fine with me, depending on the composition of the story. I maybe lean a little toward not knowing, though.

  18. I usually prefer to try to figure out the identity of the villain, so finding out towards the end of the book works best.

  19. I like it towards the end because I’m one of those people who like to figure it out on my own. I love mysteries and suspense and who done it books.

  20. Please keep me guessing until the very last page of the book.

  21. I think it’s more interesting to have it revealed more towards the back of the book. Keep everyone guessing who is good guy and who is bad guy.

  22. I like to wait till the end of the book to see who the bad guy is. I like the suspenseful buildup!

  23. It depends on the storyline. I like to see how the bad guys are planning to do their evil deeds. Sometimes I get a glimpse of sometimes they are not necessarily bad but that they made bad choices

  24. I like to be surprised by a reveal later in the book!

  25. I usually don’t mind early or later finding out who the villian as long as it flows with the storyline.

  26. I like the villain being a mystery for me to figure out as I read. I do enjoy the background/viewpoint of the villain as it builds their character as well.

    I can go with either early or later reveal though as long as it is well done.

  27. I like to find out at the end of the book who the villain is. Keeps the suspense going and has me devouring the book.

  28. I really don’t like suspense, but I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon’s books and have read every one! I like knowing who the bad guy is right away.

  29. I don’t want to know who the bad guy is at the beginning. I like the suspense of knowing who did it at the end. I like to see how the characters come to the realization of who is the bad guy.

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