Book Review: Gone to Ground

17 May

Amaryllis, Mississippi, resembles the flower for which it’s named—bright with southern hospitality. But poison lurks in its center. A serial killer is responsible for five unsolved murders. And now the blood of a sixth stains the town. Three terrified women are sure they know who the perpetrator is—but they all suspect a different man. Who’s right?




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 thePhil 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:

I have read several of Brandilyn Collins’ novels, most recently Crimson Eve and Over The Edge, and I have enjoyed them all.  But Gone to Ground has to be by far my favorite.  Collins has surpassed her usual suspense with this book.  Set in a small Mississippi town, Gone to Ground has three unforgettable characters — each unique and well-developed.  The plot keeps the pages turning.  And you are never going to guess just whodunit!  The book is written from the points of view of three women, each sure that someone she knows has been responsible for the serial killings that have plagued their town for three years. Unfortunately, all three have different suspects.  But when they get together missing pieces of the puzzle fall into place. I especially loved the voice of Cherrie Mae Devine, the sixty-ish housecleaner that knows more than a few secrets kept by the citizens of Amaryllis.  Also, this fictional small southern town set in a real county springs to life.  My husband grew up in the next county over, and Collins has faithfully recreated the area.  I have to highly recommend this novel.  If you like suspense, you will love Gone to Ground.

Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to NetGalley and B&H Publishers for my e-book copy of Gone to Ground.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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