4 1/2 Stars
Paige Williams life couldn’t get any worse after her tragic childhood….or so she thought! When she bumps up against a dead body while relaxing in her spa she quickly reconsiders. Terrified of the past coming back to haunt her, Paige chooses a dangerous and harrowing path.
In Violet Dawn, the continually impressive Brandilyn Collins, introduces the small town of Kanner Lake, with it’s beautiful lake, haunting forest and vibrant community brimming with entertaining and unique characters. Bailey Truitt, owner of the Java Joint faithfully prays for her town while struggling with her husband’s injuries, spunky journalist Leslie Brymes always on the lookout for the “big one”, S-man, the intense novelist who speakes in his own sci-fi language and Wilbur Hucks with his propensity to partially disrobe at a moment’s notice!
The pacing and suspense is tight, balancing well with genuine character development that has become Brandilyn’s trademark. Flashbacks provide essential backstory without disruption and descriptions of the killer’s inmost thoughts are chilling and revealing. You really can’t go past a Brandilyn Collins’ book if you are looking for, as she calls it, seatbelt suspense! Strap yourself in and hold on tight!