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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,225 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
A harrowing stand-alone novel from Seatbelt Suspense® author Brandilyn Collins. Seven years after her the disappearance of her best friend, Linda Jackson, skip tracer Joanne Weeks must locate a witness who can put the man who Joanne knows to be Linda’s killer behind bars—before he silences Joanne for good.
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Zondervan (first published June 18th 2010)
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Jordyn Redwood
Feb 10, 2015 Jordyn Redwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I'd given up on reading Brandilyn's books. She and her career are definitely something I admire. I'd read a few of the Chelsea Adams series and Over the Edge-- her fiction novel that deals with Lyme Disease. I did find them to be good books-- just not the scary type of suspense that I like to read which is more Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay and Lisa Gardner.

A friend urged me to read Deceit-- stating it was "THE BEST" Collins book out there. Since I had it on hand I de
Aug 15, 2010 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baxter Jackson’s two wives have died within six years of each other. His first wife, Linda, was Joanne Weeks’ best friend. He was the richest man in town, sponsoring a Little League baseball team. The church’s head elder. Everybody’s best friend. The epitome of Christian perfection.

No one ever spoke against Baxter, until Joanne Wells, through an eavesdropping reporter. She is absolutely sure he was responsible for both deaths, but has no proof. During a late-night, rainy winter storm, she hits a
This entry in author Brandilyn Collins' 'Seatbelt Suspense' series finds Christians wrestling with truth and deceit in their own church. Joanne Weeks, a fiftysomething skip tracer believes that church elder and pillar of the community Baxter Jackson killed Linda, his second wife (and Joanne's best friend). Joanne tries to find the Jackson's foster daughter Melissa, whom she believes holds the key to finding out what really happened to Linda. The novel seesaws between present and past (in which w ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this story was great! Deceit is the first story I've read by Brandilyn Collins and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Deceit is the story of Joanne Weeks who lost her best friend Linda. She believes Linda's husband Baxter Jackson killed her, as well as his second wife. Joanne, who is a professional skip tracer sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, a foster child in the Jackson household, and the only person who can possibly put Jackson behind bars.

I loved the different point of views, switch
May 07, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed reading 'Deceit'. There were twists everywhere, that I didn't expect, which kept me guessing until the end.

Brandilyn Collins is really good at combining suspense with a great story that keeps your attention to the end. I think 'Deceit' should have had about two more chapters because it didn't seem 'finished'.

I really liked the subtle message about how lies are lies and even if you do it for your job it is still a lie. I have read almost all of Brandilyn Collins books and loved
Jun 24, 2013 Gretchen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
This mystery deals with the important issue of domestic violence that can be hidden within the church and for that I give it applause.

I understand heroine Joanne Weeks, a skip tracer, has a personal reason for hunting this wolf in sheep's clothing. He's a killer and he killed her best friend. Now for the down side. I expected more professionalism from a well seasoned law enforcement professional. Sometimes she did idiotic things and I'm tired of dumb heroines. I kept wondering why she didn't hav
Aug 06, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story line was ok but very predictable. Initially I was drawn in by the vivid description of being afraid when the garage was broken into. I'm a fairly nervous person myself and could actually feel the fear.

However, as the book went on I felt I knew what was going to happen before it did so it became a fairly standard who done it. The constant consumption of Jelly Bellies made it feel rather like an advertising campaign too.
Aug 05, 2010 Jan rated it it was amazing
The latest in her Seatbelt suspense TM books, I was so totalled caught up in the story and the action, I couldn't put the book down, it took control of my mind in the pursuit and the chase. I love forensic type mystery stories, this is great
Jill Bratcher
Brandilyn Collins takes an everyday Jane - a Jelly Belly jelly bean-popping widow who still misses her late husband and who regularly has dinner with her divorced, single mom sister - and plops her smack dab in the middle of a situation fraught with danger
and intrigue. And Collins keeps you turning pages even if it's late and you have to get up early for work tomorrow.

An easy (long evening or two evening) read with short chapters and lots of action taking place over just a few days' time, Collin
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I have mixed emotions about this book. I came close to putting it aside during the first part because I didn't care for the style it was written in. The POV character, Joanne, was written in first person, and I don't usually care for things written in first person. The first person parts didn't make me like first person any better. Added to that, the writing style seemed choppy to me, much more so at the beginning than at the end. I know there's a big push these days towards "lean" writing, but ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Dailycheapreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book I read in two days, largely because I was too scared to stop reading.
Brandilyn Collins is a masterful suspense writer. She achieves this spine tingling tale not with lots of gore and violence, but subtle, psychological plots.

Deceit is about Joanne Weeks, a widowed “skip tracer” who makes a living tracking down people who are trying to hide. Joanne believes that six years ago, her best friend Linda did not just disappear as the police concluded. She believes Linda was murdered by her hu
Jan 27, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Joanne Weeks is a a skiptracer. Hunting down folks who have skipped bail, but this time, she has a big fish in her sights. And it is not a skipper, it is a well respected business man, Baxter Johnson, in her town. She is sure that he has killed both of his wives, his first wife, Linda being her best friend. However her accusations to the police chief are overheard and make the front page of the local newspaper, needless to say the heat is up now.

During a storm someone jumps out in front of her v
Karen & Gerard
Deceit by Brandilyn Collins starts out good and gets better and better as it goes!  Baxter Jackson, a widower who lost both his wives in "accidents," is highly respected and a great guy in the community with some dark secrets.  The story goes back and forth between the present and the past when his foster daughter lived with him and his wife. Melissa is a 15-yr.-old daughter of alcoholic parents who goes into foster care when her mom dies, leaving her all alone.  She feels like she hit the jackp ...more
Trinity Rose
Dec 08, 2010 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed every book Brandilyn Collins has ever written and “Deceit” is one of the best. I was very surprised at the ending in this great book. I hate it when half way through a book I discover who the killer is, but this was a surprise to the very end.
This book takes place six years after Joanne’s best friend Linda dies. Joanne blames the death on her friend’s husband, Baxter because of the way he treated her. Then his second wife dies by an accident, but no one wants to look into i
Heather Bokon
Jan 24, 2012 Heather Bokon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Joanne Weeks is a fifty-something skip tracer who finds herself facing off against the town's favorite good-guy when she accuses him of murdering his first wife, her best friend, six years earlier. She always suspected him, but with no evidence, and the entire town standing behind him, it's not until his second wife dies in an accident, too, she realizes he has to be stopped.

This was my first Brandilyn Collins book, and I enjoyed it. She kept the action rolling with hardly any down time, Joanne
May 10, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the positive side: Brandilynn Collins did an excellent job of weaving a scenario that was simultaneously exciting and frightening. While trying to get justice for the death of her best friend, she gets caught in a web of evil that she has greatly misjudged. I enjoy reading books that keep me guessing and I couldn't put this one down. It also was something that I could read while in the presence of kids, noise, etc. without losing track of what was going on. A great travel book or summertime r ...more
Jan 29, 2013 Nola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed many Brandilyn Collins books, especially the way that she intertwines Christian beliefs with suspenseful storylines. This book certainly has the trademark Brandilyn Collins devices that have made her books popular, including snappy dialogue, suspenseful chapter endings, consideration of faith issues, and interesting twists. It also deals with the important issue of domestic violence and how that can often be covered under a veneer of respectability even within the church. How ...more
Linda B
Jul 25, 2010 Linda B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Weeks firmly believes that her friend was murdered by her husband, Baxter Jackson - especially when his second wife also ends up dead. The only person who may know what happened is Melissa, a former foster child, who has disappeared. Fortunately, Joanne is a skip tracer by profession and sets out to find her.

No one can create tension in words like Brandilyn Collins, and once again she has created a fast-paced and exciting suspense thriller. I had not heard of the term skip tracer before,
Shirley Conley
Sep 25, 2015 Shirley Conley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast passed and page turner, this book was very good. The 2010 portions were told in the voice of the skip-tracer, Joanne Weeks. The 2004 portions were told in the voice of Melissa Harkoff, a 16 year-old traumatized foster child of Linda and Baxter Jackson. Linda, Joanne’s best friend, has disappeared and is believed, by Joanne, to have been murdered by Baxter, Linda’s husband.
Melissa is a runaway after being put back into foster care after Linda’s disappearance.
Baxter is a big shot in the tow
Aug 08, 2011 notRahimeanymore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another mystery that I picked up cheap on Kindle - I wasn't sure I'd like it when I started it, but it really sucked me in. The mystery aspect was original and kept me guessing, and the characters were very realistic (the 'Jelly Belly thing did drive me slightly crazy but that got a little better as the story developed). I should note that there is religious content - I'm not Christian, and I didn't find it heavy-handed (actually I thought it was interesting, especially the 'is lying ev ...more
Nov 14, 2010 Jovi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Deceit is two stories that are in different times that flow alongside each other. The current day story takes place in just a couple of days, but the back story takes place in the span of several months. The author writes in a way that it isn't confusing to switch back and forth between the two. It begins on a rainy night when a "hooded man" jumps in front of Linda’s car and tells her that he knows Baxter killed Linda and Melissa (the foster daughter) saw him do it, and Melissa knows where Baxte ...more
Amber Adamchuk
This book has been sitting idle on my kindle since Nov 2010 when it was offered for FREE (now it's 9.99). I guess this is the reason I missed the Christian Mystery part of the description. However despite that it was a well written mystery/ who done it book. Normally I do not enjoy going past to present to past to present, but Collins did it so smoothly I could not image it being done any other way. It's a quick read and you finish it feeling all answers to your questions are answered.

The "bad"
Jul 09, 2013 Nichole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brandilyn Collins has become my top favorite author. Her books just get better and better! When I read a book, I really hate knowing what's going to happen before I read it. If I know within the first chapter or two how the story is going to end, forget it. It's most likely not worth my time reading (but to be fair, the journey can be fun fun sometimes, even knowing the turnout!). So many Christian authors have such great stories in their imagination, but just fall short on delivery. NOT BRANDIL ...more
Aug 15, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my reader friends
Recommended to Donna by: zandervan books
Shelves: murder-mystery
What a great read - I give “Deceit” by Brandilyn Collins 5 stars!!! This murder mystery novel by Brandilyn Collins is very well written, and a joy to read. The author of “Deceit” does a fine job of telling a great tale of unsolved murders, WITHOUT the normal levels of gratuitous violence and foul language. I sooo enjoyed it!

Once I started reading “Deceit”, I couldn’t put it down! With sudden twists in the plot, the author kept me interested from start to finish! I will definitely look for more n
This was a good book. First by the author for me. It jumped right into the action and never stopped. Really fast paced. When she gets into the skiptracing part she gets pretty detailed. Listing the exact phrases, dates of birth and whatnot, instead of a cliffnotes version of what she searches. Christian tidbits are thrown in here and there and really hit hard toward the end. It's written flashing back between current day and six years earlier right before the death of the main characters best fr ...more
Apr 17, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel, in author Brandilyn Collins' 'Seatbelt Suspense' series, finds Christians wrestling with truth and deceit. Is it every appropriate to deceive? Joanne Weeks, a fiftysomething skip tracer (who uses deception to locate her skips) believes that church elder and pillar of the community Baxter Jackson (who deceives the whole community through hypocrisy) killed Linda, (who deceives her friends by covering her husband's abuse) his second wife (and Joanne's best friend). The novel transitions ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Brandilyn Collin's books. She keeps you in suspense throughtout her novels. Baxter Jackson has had one wife disappear and one wife die in a fall. His first wife's best friend, Joanne Weeks believes there was foul play and Baxter killed her best friend, Linda. Now to get people to believe her when Baxter is 'king' of the town will be very interesting on who she can trust in her small town. Baxter and Linda's foster child also comes back to take on an important roll in solving this ...more
Dec 19, 2010 VLynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, drama
Fast pace book, with interesting characters. Each character has an interesting background which the author manages to tell without the book feeling complicated or overwhelming. I really enjoyed the way the author wrote this book, flashing back on the past, letting the readers understand how and why things happened. There were little surprises along the way, some sweet some downright ugly, but all of them added to the interest of this book. I would definately read another book by Brandilyn Collin ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not one to read books written in first person. Having enjoyed the Kanner Lake series by Brandilyn, I trusted her enough to give this book a try. It was one of the best books I have ever read. Not only is it in first person, but it switches between first and third as she jumps from present day to past. It is an excellent written work with a surprising twist. Excitement all the way through. Give it a try, whether you like first person narratives or not. Brandilyn never disappoints!
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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
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