Brink of Death by Brandilyn Collins

The noises, faint, fleeting, whispered into her consciousness like wraiths passing in the night. Twelve-year-old Erin Willit opened her eyes to darkness lit only by the dim green nightlight near her closet door and the faint glow of a street lamp through her front window. She felt her forehead wrinkle, the fingers of one hand curl as she tried to discern what had awakened her. Something was not right . . . Annie Kingston moves to Grove Landing for safety and quiet—and comes face to face with evil.When neighbor Lisa Willet is killed by an intruder in her home, Sheriff’s detectives are left with little evidence. Lisa’s daughter, Erin, saw the killer, but she’s too traumatized to give a description. The detectives grow desperate.Because of her background in art, Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But Annie knows little about forensic art or the sensitive interview process. A nonbeliever, she finds herself begging God for help. What if her lack of experience leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face that doesn’t exist.Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood . . .
This was my second book that I have read by Brandilyn, the first one being her novel, Deceit. Was I disappointed? I am glad to say that I was not.
Brandilyn’s style of writing is the same as it was in Deceit: Quick-paced and thrilling. The plot was definitely a great one.
The imagery was wonderful and I especially enjoyed the description of the Kingston’s street. You will know what I am talking about when you read the novel.
This book (and I am sure the rest of the series) gives us a look into the profession of forensic art. This is a topic that has always fascinated me and I am glad that Brandilyn put some good focus and gave us some good information on it.
This book is written in the first person (with the exception of the prologue which is in the point of view of the victim’s daughter. There are also multiple chapters in which it is the killer’s point of view third person). Brandilyn succeeds in putting us in Annie’s mind and letting us see all her emotions.
All the characters are great and I hope to see all of them come back in the next book in the series which is called The Hidden Faces Series.
Brink of Death definitely lives up to Brandilyn’s logo, Seatbelt Suspense: Don’t Forget to Breath.

Zondervan provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. All comments and idea are mine.

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