Item description for Stain Of Guilt (Hidden Faces V2) by Brandilyn Collins...
Overview Forensic artist Annie Kingston agrees to draw the updated face of a serial killer for a highly successful TV show, but as she prepares for her appearance, someone wants to stop her at any cost, and the only way out is for her to complete the drawing and pray it leads to the elusive Bill Bland's arrest before he can get to her. Original.
Publishers Description As I drew, the house felt eerie in its silence. . . . A strange sense stole over me, as though Bland and I were two actors on stage, our movements spotlighted, black emptiness between us. But that darkness grew smaller as the space between us shrank. I did not know if this sense was due to my immersion in Bland s face and mind and world, or to my fear of his threatening presence. Or both . . . The nerves between my shoulder blades began to tingle. Help me, God. Please. For twenty years, a killer has eluded capture for a brutal double murder. Now, forensic artist Annie Kingston has agreed to draw the updated face of Bill Bland for the popular television show American Fugitive. To do so, Annie must immerse herself in Bland s traits and personality. A single habitual expression could alter the way his face has aged. But as she descends into his criminal mind and world, someone is determined to stop her. At any cost. Annie s one hope is to complete the drawing and pray it leads authorities to Bland---before Bland can get to her. Brandilyn Collins is the bestselling author of Brink of Death, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family divide their time between the California Bay Area and Coeur d Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com."
Citations And Professional Reviews Stain Of Guilt (Hidden Faces V2) by Brandilyn Collins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 11/01/2004 page 70
Romantic Times - 10/01/2004 page 71
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Hidden Faces
Series Number 2
ISBN 0310251044 ISBN13 9780310251040 UPC 025986251048
Availability 0 units.
More About Brandilyn Collins
Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling author of nearly 30 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense(R)--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailing's Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.
Brandilyn Collins currently resides in Redwood City, in the state of California.
Brandilyn Collins has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Stain Of Guilt (Hidden Faces V2)?
Brandilyn Collins' "Hidden Faces Series" is Superb, Suspenseful, and Spirital Jan 5, 2007
"Stain of Guilt"--the second novel in Brandilyn Collins' "Hidden Faces Series"--is, indeed, another superb work...both suspenseful and spiritual. As I wrote in a previous review of Ms. Collins' books: 'Her well-crafted plots, interwoven with her deeply held Christian faith, meet or exceed the standards of this genre, including the works by best-selling writers of secular suspense. Ms. Collins joins Terri Blackstock and James Scott Bell as one of the best in combining stories which are truly suspenseful and inspiring. Highly recommended!' -Ron Howe (aka Toby Martin II) / Erskine, MN.
Annie Kingston is in danger again! Apr 9, 2006
Annie Kingston's skills as a forensic artist are needed once again to help solve a murder in "Stain of Guilt," the second book in the Hidden Faces series. Her decision to draw the aged face of a suspect who has been on the run for the past twenty years to air on the TV show "American Fugitive" quickly places both herself and her family in danger.
I enjoyed this book, but as a couple of other reviewers have noted, I too guessed the plot twist early on. However, that doesn't keep me from recommending this series. Annie's character is so well drawn and realistic. She is not a super-hero, but an everyday woman trying very hard to do the right thing. She struggles as a single mom to juggle work and family responsibilities; she is afraid when she faces danger, both for herself and her children; and she is overwhelmed with her son's rebellion.
Annie's spiritual journey is genuinely written. While I know that "overnight" conversions do happen, I believe for most of us that God tries to get our attention for quite a while before we turn our lives over to Him. Annie's decision to accept Christ toward the end of this second book seemed very authentic to me.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series to learn not only how Annie's new life in Christ will affect her, but also what will happen with the hints of a romantic triangle developing. And, of course, what new danger Annie will face to keep me turning pages long into the night!
Suspense with believeable characters Sep 2, 2005
I don't typically read suspense, but decided to give this story a try. Stain of Guilt had a strong beginning, then sagged a wee bit, so I put it down. When I picked it up again, I read the rest within days. Unfortunately, I figured out the ending long before the story ended. I hate it when that happens because I'd rather be surprised. I also wish the ending would have turned out slightly different...where Annie stopped the tragedy in time. Overall, I would recommend Stain of Guilt to suspense lovers because the POV was well done and the author has an obvious mind for suspense writing and getting into the character's head. Bland's characterization was very well done. I felt sorry for the guy toward the end and experienced some of his desperation. I also appreciated the fact that Annie was portrayed as a divorced mother of two. I love how the author showed her realistic struggles raising her children with no father in the home. Very honest approach and well done. I am also curious to see who Annie ends up with romantically and I suppose I'll have to read the next one to find that out. I like that.:) Keeps me reading.
4 1/2 Stars...Up for Grabs Jun 14, 2005
Brandilyn Collins turned me into a fan with her first Hidden Faces novel, "Brink of Death." She has snared me for good with "Stain of Guilt."
Once again, Annie Kingston must use her skill to draw a criminal portrait of a cold-blooded multiple killer who has been on the lam for twenty years. With promised TV exposure, the portrait could bring long-awaited justice. Although the story races along, pitting Annie against this desperate man, it is fueled by Annie's internal conflicts--with her son, with God, with her quest for peace. She is real, likeable, and honest. We need more of these types of characters in Christian fiction.
The story is fast-paced. One scenario, involving a locked-down house, was particularly effective, using positive and negative sources to ratchet the tension. One or two reviewers have noted a following coincidence that stretches belief, but I found it realistic in light of similar stories from the actual news. Maybe a better lead-up or explanation would've satisfied those readers.
With Annie Kingston's love life and family situation up for grabs, I'll be looking forward to the next in the series.
Lock the doors, turn on the lights... Apr 8, 2005
You will be up all night reading. When you finally get to bed, you'll be too afraid to sleep. CBA suspense at it's best. Oh, ladies, schedule a manicure before you begin the story..When you're done, you'll have no nails left!