It's been quite awhile since the last time I read a Brandilyn Collins book. I love her stories, but, honestly, she is one of the few authors that have me leaving the light on at night and peering around corners looking for serial killers behind every door knob and keyhole. She is just THAT good! I think Gone To Ground is my new favorite of her books. From the totally dramatic cover featuring an amaryllis flower dripping blood to the very last page Brandilyn Collins takes readers on a thrilling and definitely spine-tingling ride. I have never finished one of her books as fast as I did Gone To Ground. While still as intense Gone To Ground focuses less on the actual murders than some of Brandilyn's other books and more on the psychological effects of a serial killer on a small town, and on the three women who are convinced they know and are close to the killer. I truly enjoyed every bit of this book and trying to figure out the killer before he strikes again, which I did manage to do. Gone To Ground is great read with plenty of twists and turns that Brandilyn Collins fans are sure to love.
(I received a copy of this book from the author through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Gone to Ground was my first book by author Brandilyn Collins, and it certainly was very different from the books I am accustomed to reading. Lately I have been reading a lot of suspense/thriller books. However this book was not as suspense filled as I had at first anticipated, instead I would consider it more of a psychological thriller. It is the story of a small town named Amaryllis that is being plagued by a serial killer, in the past three years the killer has claimed five victims- all women, all living alone, and all found stuffed in their closets after the murder- and just recently a sixth victim has been found. The inhabitants of this town do not know what to think. Amaryllis is a small town with only a population of 1,700, everyone knows each other. The murderer must be someone from a nearby city, who comes to Amaryllis to commit the murders and then leaves. The murderer couldnt possibly be a resident of this town where everyone is either friends, neighbors, or related
Except three women believe that the murderer is from their town- someone close to them, and all three of these women have incriminating evidence showing who the killer is. The only problem is that the different evidence all points to different men. The first of these women is Cherrie Mae Devine a sixty-two year old housecleaner. While cleaning the mayors house she finds a ring in his possession- a ring that was being worn by the last murder victim the day she was killed. The second person is Tully Phillips, seven months pregnant, who suspects her husband to be the killer after he arrives home from work late the night of the murder. The last of these women is Deena Ruckland an independent, thirty-two year old hair dresser who believes the murderer to be her mentally challenged brother Stevie who showed up at her house the night of the murder covered in a substance that eerily resembled blood.
On a whole I found this book fast paced and had it finished the day after starting reading it. I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time not knowing who to believe the murderer was. The one issue I did have with this book, though, is that I did not like how much divorce was in it. I just wished they could have worked through things.
My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
Brandilyn Collins is one of my favorite mystery writers. Her first series has always been a favorite and I am hard pressed to pick another mystery series that I like as much as that one. This novel here was good, just nowhere near as good as the others. I found the plot to be a little strange, and the writing was almost disjointed at times. Once you actually get into the story and realize what is going on it is a little bit easier, but at times I wasn't sure who I was reading about or what exactly was going on. I know, part of a mystery, but for some reason it was hard to get into.
*I received a copy of this book from Book Fun in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine.
A great who-done-it! Twists of new information drew me in. Why are so many women dying in Amaryllis, Mississippi? Filled with flawed people, Amaryllis is a town we can all relate to with both feisty and compliant women, as well as hardworking or isolated people. Great character development too.
I figured out who the killer was early on but all the pieces didnt come together until the last quarter of the book. A great pace you wont be able to set aside and a quintessential Southern town made my first read from Brandilyn Collins memorable. I definitely recommend.
I received a complimentary book from Brandilyn Collins and The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
I was thrilled to get a chance to read a book from this author. The stories are always powerful and have outstanding character development. This book has that and so much more. I hope you are ready to visit a small town in Mississippi. It seems to be the quaint little town that everyone wants to visit. Neighbors are there to help each other and Amaryllis ,Mississippi is full of good old people . But beneath the perfect picture of a small town, is a deep dark secret. Why would a town hide the fact that five women have died and no one seems to know anything? What happened to looking out for your neighbor? I guess the town isn't so sweet and quaint after all.
When the news spreads that the sixth women has been killed in the town, suspicion starts to mount along with the tension among the community. Three women have found evidence that supports three different men as being the killer. Each woman is different and each give their own reasons to suspect someone. When the author brings these three women together, a mystery starts to come to light. Can they find who the killer or killers are? Is their own lives in danger?
Ms. Collins has brought together three women from different backgrounds and given them determination, and an uncanny ability to work with each other. The author writes the book giving us a glimpse of each woman's perspective on the murders. The story flows well and builds to a great ending. It is a great book with a mystery that will have you wanting to read more from this amazing storyteller. Get ready for a thrill ride as you dive into the secrets in a small town .
I received this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.