Brink of Death
Brandilyn Collins
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Brink of Death (Hidden Faces #1)

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The noises, faint, fleeting, whispered into her consciousness like wraiths passing in the night.

Twelve-year-old Erin Willit opened her eyes to darkness lit only by the dim green nightlight near her closet door and the faint glow of a street lamp through her front window. She felt her forehead wrinkle, the fingers of one hand curl as she tried to discern what had awakened

Published (first published April 8th 2004)
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Soon after Annie Kingston moves her family to the small town of Grove Landing, California, her neighbor is killed in a break-in. Erin, the twelve-year-old daughter of the neighbor sees the killer but is too traumatized to offer up a description. Because Erin is friends with Annie’s daughter, Annie, who is a courtroom sketch artist, offers to help Erin create a drawing of the killer.

Erin’s father’s faith during this whole ordeal amazes the nonbeliever Annie and, as she tries to help Erin, she fi...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Brink of Death (Hidden Faces Series #1)
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Pages: 422 (large print)
Year: 2004
Publisher: Thorndike Press (large print)
I have read some of Brandilyn Collins’ more recent works and enjoyed them, so I thought I would go back and read some of her earlier books. This book is set in California, and the main character is Annie Kingston.
Annie is a divorced mother of two children. Her son is 15 and has begun to hang out with the wrong crowd and do drugs. In an attempt to help h...more
I always enjoy Collins' books. The keep you on your toes. But more important than that, they let you see an intimate picture of the main character, Annie. I wish I could get to know some of the secondary characters better; the ones who are close to Annie, but the didn't materialize like I wanted. I want to know Chetterling better. In real life, there's no way a police officer (or detective) would let a civilian go with him to interview a suspect, or anything else. So WHY DID HE? Because we are n...more
Paul Goble
After enjoying a few of Collins' recent books, I thought I'd step back a few years to this 2004 story of Annie Kingston, a courtroom artist who is thrust into the world of forensic art after the girl across the street witnesses the murder of her mother.

Like the more recent books, this is a well crafted Christian suspense. Collins picks interesting occupations, personalities, and hobbies to add a dimension of interest beyond the plot. Point-of-view is manipulated carefully to help the reader iden...more
This series has potential to be interesting, with the beginning days of learning forensic art, and beginnings belief in Christ. Unfortunately, this particular book had a number of unbelievable parts to it, so that the excitement sometimes felt contrived and unnecessary. Most specifically, the main character'l continuous need to do everything by herself when a call to 911 is obviously needed. I also think the author was setting us up to have the main character come to a belief in Christ in a late...more
This is the first Brandilyn Collins book I have read. She was recommended to me by a friend. The book catches your interest immediately and is not one to read if you are alone at night. It was hard to put down and I liked the characters. I imagined the detective looking like a young Fred Thompson.
Tessa Small
Brilliantly crafted story. Compelling in that it takes one woman to places way beyond her comfort zone and begs the question of how you or I handles such situations where God places us in spots beyond ourselves and asks us to rely on Him even though everything seems to go from wrong to worse.
Beth - ;)
This is a great book. Even though it was written in the first person, which as a rule I do not like.

When Lisa Willit is killed by an intruder in her home, detectives are left with little evidence. Lisa's daughter Erin saw the killer but is too traumatized to give a description.

Because of her background as a courtroom sketch artist, Lisa's neighbour Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But she knows little about forensic art and is afraid her lack of experience will do more har...more
This is a pretty good book. I didn't care much for her "mental scenarios", but the rest of the book had pretty good flow.
I enjoyed this book but there were a few plot holes that really bothered me. I didn't understand why the villain was so worried about retrieving that file when the case was already closed and nobody knew who he was. It was also explained in the book that the file couldn't be used to convict him anyway. The other thing that bothered me was the fact that she didn't call 911 when she had time to even though it was the obvious thing to do.
I do plan on reading the other books in the series because t...more
April Hochstrasser
This book is about being held hostage in every way but physically. The heroine is the hostage of her father's former actions as an attorney, her son's defiant behavior, her concern over her neighbor's problems her own lack of respect for her talents and an intruder that is trying to gain entry into her house for unknown reasons. When she finally finds the courage to confront these situations, she is able to solve all of the above problems in one fell swoop. Very well written, but the inserts of...more
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Janette Mapes
This was a really good book. It had many christian references that I liked. The author did a great job I think. The story line was good. The only thing I saw that some people might have a problem with was that the violent scenes were quite graphic. I have heard people criticize christian authors for being too graphic. I happen to think this adds to the realness of the story. But, like I said not everyone would agree. I will definitely read more books by this author.
Kasi Lou
I started this book on 09/30/2009. I finished this book on 10/07/2009.

This book was really good. It kept me guessing through the whole book. Wasn't as many twist and turns as other books I'd read but still there were some. I felt sorry for Annie and Stephan. I couldn't imagine being like that with my mom. And then Erin seeing what she saw. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. I gave it 3 stars...Would have done 3.5 if we could do half stars...
These are thee best books I have ever ever read! I read this whole series in the summertime when I was working at the Bismarck Tribune. I started to do some routes that started at about 2:00 am, so I would stay up and read until 2:00 am rolled around. These books were so suspenseful that doing the paper route would make the hairs on my skin stand up! Brandilyn is a Christian author, which is strong in her books, which is the best part!
Tim George
I've been wanting to read Brandilyn Collins for some time and I must say "Brink of Death" my a five star first impression on me. There is little to not like about this book. The dialogue is tight and the story proceeds at just the right speed. This story has great timing, never dragging but lingering on detail at times to allow the reader to catch up. I look forward to the rest of the novels in the Hidden Faces series.
Pretty good book if you are into crime mysteries like I am. It was very suspenseful! It was a quick read. love how she actually puts the murder/crime in the book, instead of just giving hints and clues, or just eluding to what happened. The one thing I didn't like was she used the occasional "big word" in a book that was pretty simple. Overall, I was impressed. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
This book wasn't what I was hoping for, it was super predictable and there was a lack of character development. I just couldn't buy into the story line that this guy would be willing to go to extreme measures to cover up something that no one cared about.

Mom2 said that these books were great... so I am going to try one more. Hopefully this next one will have something of substance.
Can I just say this book did not entertain me at all? I was looking for a good (morally) murder mystery that my parents would approve of. Well this was not exciting at all. It wasn't scary. At all. And I am scared very very easily. I am a very fast reader, but this book took me forever to read. It just is sooo boring!!! Don't read unless you want to be bored.
Kate Zubaly
Her books always keep me interested!
A woman has the ability to see visions of some things that she hasn't witnessed, and believes God sends her these visions. She vaguely sees a murder of a young woman . . . and she is afraid the very person her unsaved husband wants to hire for his company is the murderer!

Kind of strange (a fantasy), but exciting.
Kathryn Bain
Rated PG for mild violence.

I liked the book. I figured out who it was and why well before the fiftieth page, but that's okay. The only reason I didn't give it a five is because I thought the heroine acted real stupid toward the end of the book. Ladies, if you're ever in danger, and are able to, call the police.
I found myself mostly listening to this book only because it was something to do on my drive to and from work. I mostly found myself getting either annoyed or mad at the story. Annie Kingston's character was rather whiny. This is one series I do not need to finish.
When Collins was under her first editor, her work was crisp and razor sharp. It's fallen to a formulaic repeat time after time to the point that her writing is predictable. I'm no longer a reader of her works.
Good mystery with good characters. Main character's life is full of challenges with her teenage son and dealing with divorce. Not a real page turner, but interesting.
I loved this book! It was fast paced enough to keep me reading, suspenseful enough to keep me up all night reading, and good enough that I want to read book 2!
Excellent. A quick read but well done. Hooked me right in. Liked the characters. Liked the plot. Can't wait to read the next books in the series.
Suprisingly good. I picked it up cause I didn't have anything else to read, but I really enjoyed it. Realistic people and easy to read.
Suspenseful, good murder mystery. Easy read that you won't want to put down.
Debra! Another great suspense story from Ms. Collins! My heart was literally pounding with the terror in this one...
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Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith.

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 a sought-after teacher and speaker a...more
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