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When your worst fear comes true. Someone is watching Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? Everyone knows she s a little crazy. Kaycee s popular syndicated newspaper column pokes fun at her own paranoia and multiple fears. The police in her small town are well aware she makes money writing of her experiences. Worse yet, she has no proof of the threats. Pictures of a dead ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published April 23rd 2009 by Zondervan
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Susan
It was hard for me to get into this book, but another reviewer said to stick it out, so I did. About 2/3 of the way through the book, it picks up speed with an unsuspecting twist at the end. The slogging through is necessary because it all unfolds in almost the blink of an eye. This is the first I've read from Brandilyn Collins and, while I wasn't enamored with the book, it certainly won't keep me from reading another by her. Do I feel like I wasted my time with the book? No, not really. It's a ...more
Lynnette Bonner
I won't go into a synopsis of the story because many reviewers before me have already done a fine job with that. I just wanted to say that I loved this story! Mrs. Collins has an excellent way of keeping the pace up and pulling the reader right along from one tense scene to the next. Up to a certain point you are left wondering if the main character Kaycee is really being stalked, or if she is simply crazy. But there is one line at the end of a chapter that erases all doubt as to the answer and ...more
Janice Heinlein
This is a try-hard to be suspenseful novel. Many of the events are repetitive. I finished it to find out if the main character was overly obsessive or if there was something to really be afraid of. Not my favorite book.
Kathleen Anderson
The first part of the book I got a little tired of the drama of the main character...she's paranoid. The rest of the book let you understand why and in the end I decided it was a pretty good read.
Lauren
Never have skimmed so much in a book. Kaycee's paranoia got annoying...but I really appreciated the ending plot twist. That was clever!
Keiki Hendrix
"Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death"- from Brandilyn Collins newest novel "Exposure".

What can make paranoid columnist Kaycee Raye confront her many irrational fears of, well, you name it - just about everything?

A missing child named Hannah.

As long as there are no events in Kaycee Raye's life that propel her to deal with her own devasting fears, she was content to abide them, even make a living as a columnist conmiserating with the world her own devastations from day to day.

But t
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Janna
I love Brandilyn Collins. Everytime I read one of her books I think, no way can she top her last book, it's just not possible. I have figured out her style and I can see any twist coming. Right? WRONG!!! She gets me everytime and with "Exposure" she blows the doors off of all my expectations - she shattered my preconceived notions and I promise never to underestimate Brandilyn again!

We see two stories unfold in "Exposure". The first one is Kaycee, the ultimate scaredy cat, afraid of everything -
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Karen & Gerard
Exposure by Brandilyn Collins is a fast-paced psychological thriller about Martin, a family man, who compromises his integrity to get money to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment and the long-lasting consequences for his wife, Lorraine, and daughter, Tammy. I loved the courage of the mother in taking on the mob by herself to save her husband’s reputation and get revenge for his death. The book jumps right into action from the start and held my attention throughout.

At the same time, the rea
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Clockstein Lockstein
Exposure by Brandilyn Collins is a haunting look at the power that fear can hold over our lives, but just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't really after you. Kaycee Raye has lived in fear of people watching her. Her mother lived with the same paranoia, always watching out windows and moving from place to place to find some semblance of peace. Kaycee's tried to turn her fear into something good by writing a newspaper column about the effects of fear and how to overcome it. Despite ...more
Mark Young
This is an introduction to an interview I conducted with Brandilyn COllins last March, 2010.:

Hollywood script doctor Robert McKee, at the conclusion of his book Story, exhorts writers: “As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”

“Dazzle “seems an apt description of novelist Brandilyn Collins’ literary achievements over the past decade. But before this dazzle, she devote
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Krista
This book had me up really late last night. Part of me really wanted to find out the ending and the other part of me was a bit scared. So, if you like a good mystery read Exposure. Kaycee is the main character and she thinks someone is watching her. Her mother spent her life always looking behind her. Kaycee thought her mother was crazy and she passed it on to her. But was her mom crazy? Kaycee writes a newspaper column about fears. She herself is afraid of many things. She keeps seeing a pictur ...more
Bojan Tunguz
A columnist from a small town starts experiencing some very disturbing events at her home that closely mirror her own worst nightmares. It is not clear if those events are due to her delusional mind, some sick copycat who plays some elaborate joke on her, or genuine supernatural phenomena. Meanwhile a daughter of her friend runs away from home and goes missing. In an unrelated story a bank clerk with severe case of claustrophobia goes through a very harrowing bank-robbery. These three stories do ...more
Cricket Muse
Brandilyn Collins known for her “seatbelt suspense” writing style does not disappoint with her novel Exposure. Kaycee Raye, a woman whose syndicated newspaper columns showcases fears, is living one of her worst fears--she is being stalked. Yet, any proof vanishes before she can convince anyone. Have her fears finally overruled her sanity? Tension further mounts when someone close to Kaycee disappears. Is there a connection? Is Kaycee responsible? A page turning tension-filled read to the unexpec ...more
Sheila
My husband was away on a business trip recently, and there’s a rule of nature that says things will always break when he’s away. Light bulbs I can fix; blocked drains; computers that refuse to switch on. I’m really fairly independent. But come night-time, I walk round every room in the house, checking every electrical socket to make sure no plugs are falling out and no wiring’s getting warm. I check the cooker, double-check, run my hands over the top. I lock and relock the windows and doors, and ...more
Bruce Judisch
There are many good reasons Brandilyn Collins is recognized as a master of Christian suspense--and you'll find at least one of them on every page of Exposure.

Exposure sets the tension bar high from the beginning and doesn't let up until about three days after you've finished the book. I made the mistake of selecting it for bedtime reading. Don't do that. I still haven't caught up on lost sleep, and I hit the back cover last week.

Ms. Collins, bless her slightly warped heart, chose a storyline tha
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Mark Baker
Kaycee Raye is known in town for her paranoia. But when someone does break into her house, leave a threatening message, and then take it again before the police arrive, will she get anyone to believe her? I saw a major twist coming fairly early, but for the most part I enjoy this tale of Christian suspense.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Tracy
Not for Me
I have to admit, I skimmed most of this book after figuring out relatively early on what was going on with the different viewpoints and coming to the conclusion of the whodunit/who'sdoingit pretty quickly. I just couldn't warm up to the lead character, whose paranoia and phobias were ultimately unsympathetic and whose behavior bordered on the ridiculous and often circled around the inane. I seem to lack the ability to sympathize with those sorts of rampant fears that lock a person into
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Judy Moffitt
It kept my interest, enough to read it twice in the past four years. The author interweaves two plots which come together in one climactic ending. One plot relates to an event that occurred 26 years earlier; the other plot occurs in present time. I enjoy the way the author writes. She uses straightforward language, focusing more on dialogue and action, rather than wordy descriptions and detailed settings.
Kem
A surprising free ebook. The characters could have been enlarged upon and the story brought out in a more fluid path, but what a surprise ending. I did not guess and was genuinely surprised. I may read others by this author.
Linda B
As we expect from this best-selling author, Exposure is an interesting and tense mystery /crime drama. The character Kaycee Raye is overwhelmed with fear every minute of every day of her life, and as the reader, I couldn’t help but feel that fear with her all through the book. There were twists and turns in the story along the way, but in the end, all of it comes together until it is proven that even paranoids can have real enemies. I had no clue ahead of time to the twists in the storyline and ...more
Libby Sellers
it turned out to be better than I expected at first. The endings surprised me. For the first few chapters she goes on and on a little too much about the fears the girl experiences but it all does come together in the end
Kathie
Kaycee writes a column for a local newspaper including stories of her many fears, not the least of which is her feeling that someone is watching her. She beleives she inherited this paranoia from her mother. Her columns and frequent calls to the police department have her labeled as "a flake".

It is also the story of Tammy who suffers form an asthma-like condition and the young daughter of Martin, a banker. In Martin's desire to get the medical attentiion Tammy needs, he aids the Costa Nostra in
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Luigi
Not my normal read. It was OK for me, but others might really like it. Enjoyed the twist at the end.
Judy
Probably the scariest mystery I have ever read, and the plot was amazing! So many different people -- the Giordanos with their daughter Tammy, the Mafia, Kaycee Raye (who writes a nenwspaper column about fear), Hannah (theh daughter of Kaycee's deceased friend) -- how do they fit into this story -- basically about overcoming one's fear? I recommend that you read it if you don't mind goosebumps and shivers of fear -- I am going to have to read more by Brandilyn Collins (I already read "Dark Pursu ...more
Lorianne
What an awesome book. I loved then ending!
Debra
This was hard to follow at first. About halfway through the book, I started getting ideas that perhaps Kaycee wasn't so crazy after all, but it was more than 3/4 of the way through before things began to get clear. It was a very exciting finish - one of these days, I swear, I'm going to have a heart attack while reading Ms. Collins novels! I'm glad I stuck with it, as this turned out to be a really good book with a very ironic ending.
Sharon Ball
I love suspense novels, and this book by Brandilyn is masterfully done. As someone who studies the work of other writers, I can honestly say Brandilyn is extremely adept in the fine art of storytelling. So often, I read suspense novels and figure out the ending much too quickly, but in this case, I didn’t see the ending coming whatsoever. That, my friends, is the sign of gifted storytelling and writing.
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Too many unrelated storylines going on for me. While it was tied up at the end, I felt confused and irritated while reading this book. I'd rather feel intrigued and trying to solve the mystery. Because of this, I think this is it for me. No more Ms. Collins. It's me, not her. Her style just isn't for me.
Kim Peterson
This book kept me kinda confused as she (the author) jumped from one character to another to another each chapter leaving me feeling as if I were playing a game of catch-up until the very end. It was well written and VERY entertaining...I would read another of her books...hopefully they aren't all the same.
Leslie Walker
I finished this book in one day. It's one of the best books I've read. It didn't have a huge Christian bent to it, however it was very suspenseful without being dark. I didn't figure it out ahead of time which was great~ books are usually kind of predictable. I can't wait to start the next one!
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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
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