Book Review: Crimson Eve

29 Dec

On a lovely evening in Kanner Lake, realtor Carla Radling shows an “English gentleman” a lakeside estate—and finds herself facing a gun. Somebody wants her dead! On the run, Carla uncovers secrets from her past that could destroy some very powerful people. What can stop the assassins from trying again?

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline “Don’t forget to b r e a t h e . . .“®  Brandilyn’s first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn’s awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice.

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). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

When she’s not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers’ conferences. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.

My Impressions:

Crimson Eve, the 3rd book in Brandilyn Collins’ Kanner Lake series, has been in my TBR stack for quite some time.  I read Violet Dawn (nicknamed Violent Dawn by my book club) and Amber Morn quite a while ago, but was not lost when I started this novel.  Really, they could probably be read as stand-alones, but I like to begin at the beginning.  The novel starts out running and really never quits.  Carla Radling is targeted by a hit man and is unsure just why someone wants her dead.  She literally stumbles into safety, but on the run, she can never be sure who to trust.  The story unfolds through present day action and the diary entries from Carla’s 16 year old diary.  The switch between the two really works and the reader is not confused thanks to date entries at the top of chapters and a different font for the diary.  Crimson Eve is a good, quick read if you are looking for page turning suspense.


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