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Gone to Ground
Gone to Ground
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis see...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781433671630
ISBN-10: 1433671638
Publication Date: 3/1/2012
Pages: 352
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Publisher: B&H Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Every time I read a mystery set in a small town, I feel so bad for that town. I know that murder is hard on a town no matter what, but it seems unusually harsh when it continues to happen in a small town like this one.

These kinds of settings always make me both sad and nervous, because it's dreadful when someone from within the town is targeting others who live there. Although we aren't really for sure in this story, the assumption is generally that the killer is from within Amaryllis. Which creates a bunch of problems because the local police department won't ask for help from the state police, and it can't be forced upon them because all the murders have taken place in the one town.

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Amaryllis, Texas, population 1700, has experienced the murders of six women in the past 3 years in what is being labeled "The Closet Killings". Each woman has been found in a bedroom closet, killed by one stab wound to her carotid artery, with a paring knife from her own kitchen. The women are of varying ages and race.
Cherrie Mae is the local cleaning woman. She cleans homes from all over the town, including the mayor's home. While cleaning the mayor's manor, she comes across something that is damning to the mayor and does not know what to do with the information.
Tully is pregnant with her husband's child and gets disturbing information about her husband and the latest of the murder victims. She has information that she doesn't know what to do with also.
Deena is the local hairdresser and is disturbed by her brothers' activities concerning the latest murder. Her brother is really not "all there" and is the target of many townfolks taunts and rude comments.
When Deena's brother is arrested for the latest murder, the three women are brought together with their own pieces of the puzzle that the police don't have.
Trent Williams is a reporter who has been covering the murders and has won a Pulitzer Prize in doing so. He and Deena are in contact, so the women have a little more information to try to solve the crimes.
This novel was a nice read. The chapters are written as if these women are speaking and I loved that you could actually hear them talking, right down to the southern dialect.
The ending is good. You are not made to believe in anyone's guilt until the very end. Easy to read and enjoy, a little murder mystery to put your crime-solving skills to the test.
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Brandilyn Collins is definitely one of my favorite authors, but I was a little disappointed in this book. First off, she had affairs going on throughout the book which is completely unnecessary and from that aspect, it seemed more like a non-Christian book.
The other thing that I really struggled with was how she went back and forth between the characters. For the first 40 pages or so I had a hard time keeping them straight and getting the jist. As the book went along, it all meshed together and I must admit, the killer was SHOCKING! Anyway, she did author the book well overall, just disappointed in the immorality and having to get used to going back and forth between characters.
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In the small southern town of Amaryllis, Mississippi there is a serial killer on the loose. In the past three years there have been five murders. Women of no particular race or age were stabbed in the neck and left in their closets earning the killer the nickname the Closet Killer.

When a sixth victim is found an unease rolls across the town but for three women in particular it's not just unease. It's fear. All three women are positive they know when the Closet Killer is and all three suspect a different man. Cherrie Mae Devine thinks it's the mayor of Amaryllis, Tully Phillips thinks it's her husband and Deena Ruckland thinks it's her brother.

Gone to Ground was my first Brandilyn Collins book. It was a truly gripping suspense story. In most suspense books I can guess who the killer is soon into the book. With Gone to Ground I didn't figure it out until the chapter it was revealed in. I was sincerely taken by surprise and it was a completely believable ending.

Collins writes memorable characters each with distinct personalities that make them come to life. I loved the way the women come together and begin to lean on each other while working to figure out the truth. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves a great Christian suspense thriller. You won't be disappointed.