Hannah Shire, together with her elderly mother suffering from dementia, drives home from a weekend stay at a hotel. On their way back home they see a car on its side and a man lying on the ground next to it. As a doctorÃ¢ÂÂs assistant, Hannah rushes to his side. With his dying breath, the man is trying to tell her something and fumbles with her coat pocket. Back home she finds a flash stick in her pocket. When she is checking to see whatÃ¢ÂÂs on it, thereÃ¢ÂÂs a video that shows some sort of machine. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt seem to make sense.
Shortly thereafter two FBI agents knock on HannahÃ¢ÂÂs door and demand to know what the dying man has told her. Soon she learns that the FBI agents were fake, and when one of them returns at night, Hannah knows she must run for her life. Taking her mother with her, they drive for hoursÃ¢ÂÂnot knowing where to go. HannahÃ¢ÂÂs daughter gets involved too and also has to run for her life. Every time they seem to understand a bit more of whatÃ¢ÂÂs going on, but also they donÃ¢ÂÂt understand anything at all.
Who are the Bad Guys chasing them? Who can be trusted? Where to go? Can three women save America from disaster?
As usual Brandilyn Collins penned a high suspenseful tale that kept me on the edge of my seat!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
December 29, 2013
Dark Justice is an entertaining story. This is only the second book I have read by Brandilyn Collins, and I will probably read more. I liked the main characters, and the plot seems like something that could really happen. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense.
November 6, 2013
More Ã¢ÂÂSeatbelt SuspenseÃ¢ÂÂ from Brandilyn Collins
Hannah Shire and her mother, Carol Ballard, are returning from a weekend away when they come across a car accident. The sole victim, Morton, is injured, mentions his daughter and tells the ladies not to tell anyoneÃ¢ÂÂbut not to tell them what? Later at home, Hannah finds a flash drive in her pocket, and surmises Morton must have put it there. Later that evening, two FBI agents visit and interview herÃ¢ÂÂbut are the really from the FBI? Who can they trust? What follows is a suspenseful chase as the two women, assisted by HannahÃ¢ÂÂs daughter, Emily, try and find the solution to the puzzle while evading the FBI and the police before the deadline Emily discovers encrypted in the flash drive.
The story flips back and forth between the action in February 2013 (told in the first person by Hannah) and a subsequent Select Committee Investigation into the events of February 2013. This both adds and removes suspense. It adds suspense because it shows that Hannah, Carol and Emily have been caught up in a major event, but I did feel it also took away from some of the suspense because of the very fact it was in the future.
The scenario presented in Dark Justice isnÃ¢ÂÂt unique (Firestorm and Digital Winter each had a similar premise), but the approach is different. Hannah is an ordinary person. SheÃ¢ÂÂs a widow with an adult daughter, and is the primary caregiver for her mother, who suffers from dementia. On the face of things, there is nothing special about her. But she is hard-working, intelligent and brave, and those qualities come to light as the novel progresses. Carol is a sad and stubborn woman who reminds us of how dementia steals people from us, and Emily is an intelligent and useful addition to the plot.
This is a very good read (although I personally preferred Double Blind), and not recommended for when you are alone in the house or have some pressing deadline thatÃ¢ÂÂs going to stop you reading right through to the end.
Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
November 4, 2013
Excellent suspense - love it!
My favorite book of Brandilyn Collins is Deadly Exposure. Hands down. Until now... kind of. I think this book holds a tight 2nd place spot to Deadly Exposure in my book. It grabbed my attention IMMEDIATELY and I was finished in about 24 hours. It called for me to put my life on hold while I followed Hannah as she tries to determine who the "Bad People" and the "Good People" are all the while she is most importantly trying to keep her elderly mother and her daughter safe as she unravels the mysterious video she is given from a dying man. It becomes harder and harder to do all of those things at the same time that everyone in the country thinks you are a murderer as bodies pile up and the police are looking for you. To top it off, there is a deadline on solving the mystery or the whole country could go black. No power. Chaos. Turmoil. Destruction. Definitely a deadline.
The great thing about this book is that we keep going back and forth from present time to the action that occurred on the two days that changes Hannah's life. And when it's over, it doesn't end like you think, but it ends right. Very excellent!
October 10, 2013