This is one of those books you read in an evening or two at the most. It’s so fast paced you absorb it at lightening speed.
As always Brandilyn starts with a strong female character. Joanne is a skip tracer. This was new to me. Though I might have heard the term, I’ve never known much about them. Joanne spends her days locating people who don’t want to be found. Deadbeat dads, bail jumpers, missing family members, etc. It’s a fascinating job and you can tell Collins did quite a bit of research to nail this character.
But what happens when you have to use your skills to find someone that you think can solve the murder of your best friend? An action packed adventure for sure. Joanne thinks she knows what happened to her best friend years ago and now a masked man tells her he knows someone that might have a clue. A young woman from her past. Someone who doesn’t want to be found.
Joanne goes on her journey and does discover what really happened to her friend. It was very interesting to see where the author took us, though I did have a feeling I knew what Joanne was going to discover pretty early on.
I love how the author took us from past to present so we could see the events happen as we went along. It was enough to keep me turning the pages well into the night.
I’m a fan of Brandilyn’s books. Always have been. So, it’s no surprise that I loved this book. Deceit is another suspenseful treat from one of the best suspense writers of our time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and 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 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). She is now working on her 20th book.
In addition, Brandilyn’s other latest release is Final Touch, third in The Rayne Tour series—young adult suspense co-written with her daughter, Amberly. The Rayne Tour series features Shaley O’Connor, daughter of a rock star, who just may have it all—until murder crashes her world.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but Joanne is determined to bring Jackson down. Using her skip tracing skills, she sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, now twenty-two, who lived in the Jackson home at the time of Linda Jackson's disappearance.
As Joanne drives home on a rainy winter night, a hooded figure darts in front of her car. In her headlight beams she glimpses the half-concealed face of a man, a rivulet of blood jagging down his cheek. She squeals to a stop but clips him with her right fender. Shaking, she gets out of her car in the pouring rain. The man will not let her see his face. Before he limps off into the night he warns her not to talk to police.
As Joanne tries to find Melissa, someone seems to be after her. Who was the man she hit on the road. Is Baxter Jackson out to silence her? Or is some other skip she's traced in the past now out for revenge? "
If you would like to read the first chapter of Deceit, go HERE