Item description for Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake V1) by Brandilyn Collins...
Overview When the dark secrets of her past resurface, Paige Williams must make an unthinkable choice when she comes face-to-face with death, while the town of Kanner Lake searches for a killer in their midst. Original. 30,000 first printing.
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. Hair? 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 to face with death. Alone, terrified, fleeing a dark past, Paige must make an unthinkable choice. In Violet Dawn, hurtling events and richly drawn characters collide in a breathless story of murder, the need to belong, and faith s first glimmer. One woman s secrets unleash an entire town s pursuit, and the truth proves as elusive as the killer in their midst."
From Publishers Weekly As a shy newcomer in the tiny tourist community of Kanner Lake, Idaho, Paige
Williams is already considered reclusive by the gregarious standards of the
village. But townspeople don't realize that Paige is fleeing a past so
damaging that when she discovers a dead body, she dispenses with the evidence
and hides the truth rather than go to the police, whom she mistrusts. With
this opener, Collins (Dead of Night) spins a tale of murder in a smalltown
with an added twist of Christian faith, which is lightly handled. The writing
is competent for the most part, with false notes occurring in some formal and
stilted dialogue and Collins's penchant for overusing dramatic similes ("her
heart drummed like the rataplan of rain on a roof"). One real strength is
Collins's skill in handling multiple points of view and time shifts, which
flow easily together and advance the plot. Short chapterlets keep the story
moving, particularly in the fast-paced final third of the novel, and Collins
throws in some interesting details of police procedure and crime scene
investigation. Some characters, like the town's tough-but-tender police chief,
are beautifully developed, while others, such as the monologues and
predictability of the villain, are flat. In all, however, this is a promising
and entertaining beginning to the Kanner Lake series. (Sept.) Copyright 2006
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Citations And Professional Reviews Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake V1) by Brandilyn Collins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 09/01/2006 page 126
Publishers Weekly - 07/31/2006 page 52
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.88" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 22, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Kanner Lake
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310252237 ISBN13 9780310252238 UPC 025986252236
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 Violet Dawn (Kanner Lake V1)?
Outstanding! Mar 22, 2007
Paige Williams life couldn't get any worse after her tragic childhood....or so she thought! When she bumps up against a dead body while relaxing in her spa she quickly reconsiders. Terrified of the past coming back to haunt her, Paige chooses a dangerous and harrowing path.
In Violet Dawn, the continually impressive Brandilyn Collins, introduces the small town of Kanner Lake, with it's beautiful lake, haunting forest and vibrant community brimming with entertaining and unique characters. Bailey Truitt, owner of the Java Joint faithfully prays for her town while struggling with her husband's injuries, spunky journalist Leslie Brymes always on the lookout for the "big one", S-man, the intense novelist who speakes in his own sci-fi language and Wilbur Hucks with his propensity to partially disrobe at a moment's notice!
The pacing and suspense is tight, balancing well with genuine character development that has become Brandilyn's trademark. Flashbacks provide essential backstory without disruption and descriptions of the killer's inmost thoughts are chilling and revealing. You really can't go past a Brandilyn Collins' book if you are looking for, as she calls it, seatbelt suspense! Strap yourself in and hold on tight!
A fun thrill ride full of a great setting and unique characters Feb 26, 2007
Violet Dawn by Brandylin Collins is the first book in the Kanner Lake series. It is also the first book I've read by the Christian suspense author. In Violet Dawn, Paige Williams finds the dead body of Edna San floating in her hot tub. Terrified, Paige makes the choice to get rid of the body. The prospect of notifying the police and having to answer questions about the body as well as her past is too terrifying to Paige. After disposing of the body, Paige returns to work the next day. Almost instantly, the police begin looking for Edna San, and soon the police begin to focus on Paige.
Paige finds the noose tightening around her life as she deals with the decision she made to not notify the police about the body. Clues begin to surface that points to Paige as the killer. A menacing man follows Paige's every move. Police Chief Edwards begins to put the evidence together and comes to the conclusion that Paige has to be involved. Leslie Brymes knows the Edna San murder can be her ticket to journalism fame.
I've read a lot of novels and Violet Dawn stands out for its unique structure. Each chapter is a scene told from a different character's point of view. A true page turner that made me want to get to the next chapter to find out how the last chapter concerning a character would continue. The events of the novel are compressed into one or two days, not leaving much room for twists and turns, but allowing for the suspense to build as the reader wonders if Paige can escape the past and the present dangers of her life. The spiritual message of the novel is understated. The characters in the town are a strongpoint and I look forward to reading more of the series.
Because the action is so focused on one or two days, very few of the many characters have much backstory or involvment with the plot. But the writing is clean, vivid and crisp and I look forward to reading the entire series.
Thrilling Read Feb 7, 2007
If you want to never go into a hot tub with quite the same nonchalence again, read Violet Dawn. From the thrilling opening to the fast paced conclusion, this is a book you won't be able to put down. I loved the main character and thought she was really well developed.
Great Start to a Thrilling New Series Jan 19, 2007
Brandilyn Collins is an author you can trust for a consistent, strong read, and she doesn't disappoint in this first release in the Kanner Lake series. Violet Dawn blends many difficult techniques and makes them look effortless. The book provides a large cast of characters--as if the town itself is a character--and yet makes us care about the individuals central to the action. Collins is also excellent at weaving in scenes of backstory between current action, deepening the mystery and making us hungry for more. Her point of view shifts are deliberately placed to tighten the screws and the resolution highly satisfying. If you've never read anything by Collins, you're missing a treat.
Wow, I really liked this one.... Jan 2, 2007
I intend to follow and read all of the Kanner Lake series, looking forward to visiting the area again. Oh and yes this book is thrilling, chilling and suspenseful. In other words it's great. Highly recommended.