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Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,566 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
A young woman with a mysterious past and a deep need to belong. An assassin with unusual methods and great professional pride. One woman's secrets unleash an entire town's pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst.
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Published June 1st 2009 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in Brandilyn Collins Kanner Lake series. Violet Dawn.
It was a non-stop ride from beginning to end! The first few pages hooked me immediately, had my heart racing, and I COULD NOT stop reading!
Brandilyn Collins is a newer author in my book collection and she has not disappointed me in the least bit.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Kanner Lake series!
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paige Williams, on the run from a nightmarish past, came to Kanner Lake seeking refuge and respite for her soul, wanting a chance to start over. She longs to find a place she can truly belong and dreams of a "soul sister," a forever friend that will accept and love her inspite of her sordid past. Instead, mere weeks after her arrival, she encounters a corpse in the hot tub of her rental home - and not just any corpse, either. The body is Edna San, a Hollywood actress and Kanner Lake's infamous r ...more
Rating 3.5

This was the first book I read by Brandilyn Collins.

My first impressions of the story was great. It started out fast and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could and found myself talking to Paige to not do what she is doing. The middle part for me slowed down where we see the police, Vince, searching a missing person and following the leads. The focus on Tim, Vince's dead son felt someways too much. The last 10% of the book sped up again.

Even though I enjoyed the book, the suspe
Makayla Grone
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It keep me on my toes the whole way through. At the end of each chapter, it would leave you with a cliff hanger not wanting to set the book down. I finished this book within three days because it was so good. I love a good mystery and action type book. This book was basically based on the girl that found a dead body near her house and was traumatized and dumped the body into a lake not far from her house. She tied the body to ropes which were attached to rocks (and I believe a ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: almost-favorites
This was a fast-paced and entertaining suspense novel. There were some very unique elements involved with character development as well. It was written quite well, but I felt that the denouement was far too short and hurried so getting four stars rather than five.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out slow but than became a very thrilling read. I loved it
Erika Hayes
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast read and I enjoyed reading it. There are some things that I could nitpick about the writing but honestly, it was a good story. I did figure out who was who and the mystery antagonist was a little corny but it was really clever. I loved the tie up at the end. I really enjoyed the Christian aspect and that it was not overdone or preachy. It is a great pass along book.
C.J. Darlington
Paige Williams is a young woman with a troubled past. She yearns for friends and a new life in peaceful Kanner Lake, Idaho. Finding a dead body isn't going to help, especially when she knows the victim. But Paige can't call the police. How could she possibly explain she's clueless where the body came from? And what if her face ends up on TV? She's forced to take matters into her own hands, even as the real killer remains on the lam . . . watching her.

When you pick up a novel and the main charact
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast exciting read, leaving me breathlessly charging ahead unable to put the book down until it was finished. The story is told in short chapters, switching back and forth from a half-dozen characters' viewpoints, each one adding more and more clarity to the plot. It becomes apparent that one of the stories is out of the timeline of the others and is coming from the past, filling in the backstory that will lead to a gruesome murder in a small resort town with a vulnerable girl next in the kill ...more
Tamara Tilley
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VIOLET DAWN is another riveting suspense thriller from Brandilyn Collins. Grabbing you in the first few pages with a bizarre discovery, Brandilyn knows how to hook her readers. Though some of the twists were a bit predictable, I didn’t mind. It gave me a moment to catch my breath. The characterization of the villain was a bit distracting, but oh so Brandilyn. I look forward to the next installment of the Kanner Lake Series.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Woah! Wow! Now that was a thriller! A total page turner!! I think I have found a new author to enjoy! I'm trying #2 in the series right away! I don't know if there has ever been a scarier bad guy...maybe in a Stephen King but his bad guys usually have some sort of super-natural element or influence. This guy was was just a scary human being.
Lori Minasyan
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feel good

I truly enjoyed the plot of this story and it was so well written it took a little for the pieces to come together and I am all about mysteries. I was sucked in to the characters from page 1 and it never let go to the end. Collins is a great writer and I enjoyed the references to how God is there through it all and forgiveness is part of life.
P Bright
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery! This series is by a local author who has created a fake town in my area for the setting of this series. What good fun! I also appreciated the lack of obscenity of any type. Ms. Collins has a new fan!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good story, I just didn't like how there was several stories going on then they all tied together. I would just get hooked on one then it would change to another. Hard to follow who is who and what is going on.
Louise E.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. It kept me guessing almost to the end.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phyllis K. Lee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This one kept me on edge...could hardly wait to find out "who done it" !! Great writer and great read!!
Just three stars. Just OK. Not sure what those 5 stars are all about.
This was a good book, but I had just read another of her books called Exposure & this book followed the exact same formula as the first book I read.
Lisa Johnson
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake #1)
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Pages: 323
Year: 2006
Publisher: Zondervan
This book will grab hold of you from the first chapter! Paige Williams has had a tough time sleeping so she decides to take a dip in the hot tub on her deck along the back of the house she is renting. She just lays back to enjoy the stars and the warm water when something brushes against her leg. She thinks nothing of it and continues to try to relax, but it happens again. What is in the hot tub
This story follows Paige who is new to town and doesn���������t know really how to connect with people. There is a secret in her past she wishes to stay hidden but it seems that God hates her. For one night she finds a dead body in her jacuzzi and in an effort to remain hidden and be able to continue her current life she removes the body and hides it. However with some very helpful anonymous ���������tips��������� the police keep finding their investigation to lead to her. So we follow her throu ...more
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Something sinuous in the water brushed against Paige’s knee. She jerked her leg away.

What was that? She rose to a sitting position, groped around with her left hand.

Fine wisps wound themselves around her fingers.


She yanked backward, but the tendrils clung. Something solid bumped her wrist.

Paige gasped. With one frantic motion she shook her arm free, grabbed the side of the hot tub, and heaved herself out.

Paige Williams slips into her hot tub in the blackness of night—and finds herself face
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free Kindle book, which is what drew me to it, but the plot sounded pretty good, as well. The writing is a little confusing initially, as it bounces back and forth between several characters whose names I couldn't remember, so I did a lot of scrolling back to remind myself of who was who. I learned some new words, too, which I found surprising. I was thankful for the ability to look words up on the fly with the Kindle. The author kept my interest through most of the book, though the b ...more
Violet Dawn is categorized as suspense. In the introduction, the author says to "climb aboard for another mind-rattling ride" and signs off with "seatbelt suspense" written under her name. I expected suspense to pull me through the book, but finished with a sense of disappointment. I never had the sense that it wasn't all going to work out in the end; the "expert" criminal was to clumsy with important details to get away with his crime. It isn't that there weren't some elements of suspense or th ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something about this story I didn't like. I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it was the snake angle. Maybe it was the drugs and abuse. Maybe it was the incredible descriptions of Paige moving a dead body. I don't know. Maybe it's just me not feeling a deep connection with the characters (the only character I really felt a connection with was the police Chief). I would like to have seen more Christianity in this book (it is - after all - a Christian mystery), and am hoping to see that dev ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paige Williams is running from a dark past and has only been in Kanner Lake about a month when she finds a dead body in her hot tub late one night! If she calls the police she risks losing the identity she so carefully guards. She panics and dumps the body in the lake while trying to cover her tracks for a crime she didn't commit.
This is the first book by Brandilyn Collins I've read and it kind of hooked me right from the beginning. I'm usually way too skittish to read much murder/mystery and ne
This was my first Brandilyn Collins book, but I plan to read all of the Kanner Lake ones (won them in a giveaway last year). I don't know why I waited so long to try one. I think I thought that they were going to be more graphic or gory, but this one was not. Just a good solid murder mystery. I'm easily swayed by authors and plots, so I did not figure this one out until nearly the end. It took me a bit to get into it and get to know the characters, but about half way through, the pace really pic ...more
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it was a FREE Kindle download. And the best part is ... I liked it! Violet Dawn is the first book in the Kanner Lake series. It blends many different writing techniques in an enjoyable way. There is a large cast of characters--setting the stage for future books in the series--and yet the reader doesn't loose sight of the main character (a 25 year old woman, using a stolen identity to escape her past and now entwined in a murder). Collins is does an excellent job of ...more
Tami Stackelhouse
As a Brandilyn Collins fan, I expected more from this book than it delivered. It was a quick read, fairly simple, wrapped up really neatly, no loose ends, not much complication. Not what I expected from Brandilyn Collins. (Try reading Eyes of Elisha or her Hidden Faces series for a better idea of what she can do.)

Still, it wasn't a bad story. A nice easy read for a day when you want light entertainment and don't want to think too hard, be scared too much, have too much action, too much blood, to
Jean Wilund
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like murder suspense that's raw but not gratuitous, this may be the book for you. I enjoy suspense books, but too often they leave me with images I can't "unsee." Brandilyn Collins' characters suffer and we feel their suffering, but we're not forced to watch the details of the brutality. The story centers on the small town of Kanner Lake, where not much happens. Usually. Brandilyn gives us glimpses into the lives of several different characters, entwines their separate story lines and the ...more
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