Miracle in a Dry Season    Dangerous Passage





by Brandilyn Collins

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"As always, Collins delivers authentic characters the reader can relate to and appreciate."

Someone is definitely watching Kaycee Raye, but there is nobody in her small town who will believe her. And she has no physical proof of these threats. Multisensory images also flood Kaycee's mind and point to an undetermined event . . . past, present or future? To compound matters, the police are well aware she makes her living writing from her own paranoia and multiple fears in her popular syndicated newspaper column. Is this new danger imagined or real? Will her worst fear come true?

What appear to be three different stories in Exposure are blended into a fast-paced, twisting tale of desperate choices and inevitable results. As a reader, you’ll find yourself compelled to find the connections about how they relate to each other.

Paranoia abounds as Kaycee is all alone seeking answers to the bizarre occurrences happening around her. The paralyzing dimension of fear is graphically exposed in her life. Exposure is pure psychological suspense leading the reader to the conclusion---in the long run, bitterness and revenge does more damage to the victim or the victim’s family than to the original perpetrator.

The concept of “word pictures” is simple to understand as a reader but much more difficult to achieve as a writer. Collins succeeds in painting words that draw us into the story and hold our imagination. Here are a few examples of her engaging and descriptive sentences:

“Even before she finished forming the words a whirlwind of screams and running feet careened through her head.”

“The five of them looked at each other, the air heavy with unspoken thoughts. Defensiveness wafted from Ryan as if he knew he’d tipped his hand to his own guilt.”

“Lorraine accelerated to the next block, then swerved in a right turn. Her muscles tightened to granite. Any minute she expected a car to materialize behind her, shots to ring out.”

As always, Collins delivers authentic characters the reader can relate to and appreciate. You’ll be able to empathize with every move and small detail of your favorite character.

The epilogue helps answer the questions lingering long after the conclusion of this mesmerizing mystery.

Exposure follows Dark Pursuit (2008) and Collin’s hit Kanner Lake series. Be assured you will not be disappointed with the newest from Brandilyn Collins!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.