Deceit Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda his second wife and Joanne sbest friend six years ago But Baxter a church elder and beloved me

  • Title: Deceit
  • Author: Brandilyn Collins
  • ISBN: 9780310276449
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it.Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda his second wife and Joanne sbest friend six years ago But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member ofthe town, walks the streets a free man The police tell Joanne to leave wellenough alone, but she is determined to bring him down Using her skills as aprofessional skSometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it.Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda his second wife and Joanne sbest friend six years ago But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member ofthe town, walks the streets a free man The police tell Joanne to leave wellenough alone, but she is determined to bring him down Using her skills as aprofessional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen year old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda s whereabouts but was she lying In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne s pursuit of the truth which puts her own life in danger and the events of six years past, whenMelissa came to live with the Jacksons What really happened in thathousehold Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith,choices, and the lure of deceit.

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    1. To be honest, I'd given up on reading Brandilyn's books. She and her career are definitely something I admire. I'd read a few of the Chelsea Adams series and Over the Edge-- her fiction novel that deals with Lyme Disease. I did find them to be good books-- just not the scary type of suspense that I like to read which is more Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay and Lisa Gardner. A friend urged me to read Deceit-- stating it was "THE BEST" Collins book out there. Since I had it on hand I de [...]

    2. Baxter Jackson’s two wives have died within six years of each other. His first wife, Linda, was Joanne Weeks’ best friend. He was the richest man in town, sponsoring a Little League baseball team. The church’s head elder. Everybody’s best friend. The epitome of Christian perfection.No one ever spoke against Baxter, until Joanne Wells, through an eavesdropping reporter. She is absolutely sure he was responsible for both deaths, but has no proof. During a late-night, rainy winter storm, sh [...]

    3. This entry in author Brandilyn Collins' 'Seatbelt Suspense' series finds Christians wrestling with truth and deceit in their own church. Joanne Weeks, a fiftysomething skip tracer believes that church elder and pillar of the community Baxter Jackson killed Linda, his second wife (and Joanne's best friend). Joanne tries to find the Jackson's foster daughter Melissa, whom she believes holds the key to finding out what really happened to Linda. The novel seesaws between present and past (in which w [...]

    4. I thought this story was great! Deceit is the first story I've read by Brandilyn Collins and I enjoyed every minute of it. Deceit is the story of Joanne Weeks who lost her best friend Linda. She believes Linda's husband Baxter Jackson killed her, as well as his second wife. Joanne, who is a professional skip tracer sets out to locate Melissa Harkoff, a foster child in the Jackson household, and the only person who can possibly put Jackson behind bars. I loved the different point of views, switch [...]

    5. I really enjoyed reading 'Deceit'. There were twists everywhere, that I didn't expect, which kept me guessing until the end. Brandilyn Collins is really good at combining suspense with a great story that keeps your attention to the end. I think 'Deceit' should have had about two more chapters because it didn't seem 'finished'. I really liked the subtle message about how lies are lies and even if you do it for your job it is still a lie. I have read almost all of Brandilyn Collins books and loved [...]

    6. Brandilyn Collins once again sucked me in and gave my heart a scare.The garage scene in the beginning had my heart racing and when a book can do that, then I know I have a winner.There was definitely suspense in this one, all the while giving a good lesson on the sinful nature of lying. We all lie; we all deceive. Sometimes those lies cause real, life-altering consequences and this book opens your eyes to that truth.I enjoyed this story and I look forward to reading another of Brandilyn Collins' [...]

    7. I have mixed emotions about this book. I came close to putting it aside during the first part because I didn't care for the style it was written in. The POV character, Joanne, was written in first person, and I don't usually care for things written in first person. The first person parts didn't make me like first person any better. Added to that, the writing style seemed choppy to me, much more so at the beginning than at the end. I know there's a big push these days towards "lean" writing, but [...]

    8. On the positive side: Brandilynn Collins did an excellent job of weaving a scenario that was simultaneously exciting and frightening. While trying to get justice for the death of her best friend, she gets caught in a web of evil that she has greatly misjudged. I enjoy reading books that keep me guessing and I couldn't put this one down. It also was something that I could read while in the presence of kids, noise, etc. without losing track of what was going on. A great travel book or summertime r [...]

    9. This mystery deals with the important issue of domestic violence that can be hidden within the church and for that I give it applause.I understand heroine Joanne Weeks, a skip tracer, has a personal reason for hunting this wolf in sheep's clothing. He's a killer and he killed her best friend. Now for the down side. I expected more professionalism from a well seasoned law enforcement professional. Sometimes she did idiotic things and I'm tired of dumb heroines. I kept wondering why she didn't hav [...]

    10. The story line was ok but very predictable. Initially I was drawn in by the vivid description of being afraid when the garage was broken into. I'm a fairly nervous person myself and could actually feel the fear.However, as the book went on I felt I knew what was going to happen before it did so it became a fairly standard who done it. The constant consumption of Jelly Bellies made it feel rather like an advertising campaign too.

    11. The latest in her Seatbelt suspense TM books, I was so totalled caught up in the story and the action, I couldn't put the book down, it took control of my mind in the pursuit and the chase. I love forensic type mystery stories, this is great

    12. Such a great suspenseful book. I had an inkling of the twist in the ending but hadn't fully recognized it. I think it's a good reminder that sometimes Christians portraying the perfect life would do better to be more honest. Joanne was intriguing character and I loved how she figured it all out.

    13. Another great one!This book had me guessing til the very end! Full of suspense! I could not put this down until I finished it!

    14. Brandilyn Collins takes an everyday Jane - a Jelly Belly jelly bean-popping widow who still misses her late husband and who regularly has dinner with her divorced, single mom sister - and plops her smack dab in the middle of a situation fraught with dangerand intrigue. And Collins keeps you turning pages even if it's late and you have to get up early for work tomorrow.An easy (long evening or two evening) read with short chapters and lots of action taking place over just a few days' time, Collin [...]

    15. I look so forward to any suspense from this author. I liked this, but some things seemed a little hokey in this one. Almost any book I have read from her has rated a 4 with me, several a five. To write my problems with the book leads more into spoilers, but I really want to say what perturbed me with it.Why did Baxter want to kill Melissa after 6 years of the murder so badly? Yes he conspired to cover the crime up, yes he would lose his good name, but it seemed rather awkward how he acted in doi [...]

    16. This book I read in two days, largely because I was too scared to stop reading.Brandilyn Collins is a masterful suspense writer. She achieves this spine tingling tale not with lots of gore and violence, but subtle, psychological plots.Deceit is about Joanne Weeks, a widowed “skip tracer” who makes a living tracking down people who are trying to hide. Joanne believes that six years ago, her best friend Linda did not just disappear as the police concluded. She believes Linda was murdered by he [...]

    17. Joanne Weeks is a a skiptracer. Hunting down folks who have skipped bail, but this time, she has a big fish in her sights. And it is not a skipper, it is a well respected business man, Baxter Johnson, in her town. She is sure that he has killed both of his wives, his first wife, Linda being her best friend. However her accusations to the police chief are overheard and make the front page of the local newspaper, needless to say the heat is up now.During a storm someone jumps out in front of her v [...]

    18. Deceit by Brandilyn Collins starts out good and gets better and better as it goes!  Baxter Jackson, a widower who lost both his wives in "accidents," is highly respected and a great guy in the community with some dark secrets.  The story goes back and forth between the present and the past when his foster daughter lived with him and his wife. Melissa is a 15-yr.-old daughter of alcoholic parents who goes into foster care when her mom dies, leaving her all alone.  She feels like she hit the ja [...]

    19. I have always enjoyed every book Brandilyn Collins has ever written and “Deceit” is one of the best. I was very surprised at the ending in this great book. I hate it when half way through a book I discover who the killer is, but this was a surprise to the very end.This book takes place six years after Joanne’s best friend Linda dies. Joanne blames the death on her friend’s husband, Baxter because of the way he treated her. Then his second wife dies by an accident, but no one wants to loo [...]

    20. Joanne Weeks is a fifty-something skip tracer who finds herself facing off against the town's favorite good-guy when she accuses him of murdering his first wife, her best friend, six years earlier. She always suspected him, but with no evidence, and the entire town standing behind him, it's not until his second wife dies in an accident, too, she realizes he has to be stopped. This was my first Brandilyn Collins book, and I enjoyed it. She kept the action rolling with hardly any down time, Joanne [...]

    21. I've really enjoyed many Brandilyn Collins books, especially the way that she intertwines Christian beliefs with suspenseful storylines. This book certainly has the trademark Brandilyn Collins devices that have made her books popular, including snappy dialogue, suspenseful chapter endings, consideration of faith issues, and interesting twists. It also deals with the important issue of domestic violence and how that can often be covered under a veneer of respectability even within the church. How [...]

    22. Joanne Weeks firmly believes that her friend was murdered by her husband, Baxter Jackson - especially when his second wife also ends up dead. The only person who may know what happened is Melissa, a former foster child, who has disappeared. Fortunately, Joanne is a skip tracer by profession and sets out to find her. No one can create tension in words like Brandilyn Collins, and once again she has created a fast-paced and exciting suspense thriller. I had not heard of the term skip tracer before, [...]

    23. Fast passed and page turner, this book was very good. The 2010 portions were told in the voice of the skip-tracer, Joanne Weeks. The 2004 portions were told in the voice of Melissa Harkoff, a 16 year-old traumatized foster child of Linda and Baxter Jackson. Linda, Joanne’s best friend, has disappeared and is believed, by Joanne, to have been murdered by Baxter, Linda’s husband. Melissa is a runaway after being put back into foster care after Linda’s disappearance. Baxter is a big shot in t [...]

    24. This was another mystery that I picked up cheap on Kindle - I wasn't sure I'd like it when I started it, but it really sucked me in. The mystery aspect was original and kept me guessing, and the characters were very realistic (the 'Jelly Belly thing did drive me slightly crazy but that got a little better as the story developed). I should note that there is religious content - I'm not Christian, and I didn't find it heavy-handed (actually I thought it was interesting, especially the 'is lying ev [...]

    25. Deceit is two stories that are in different times that flow alongside each other. The current day story takes place in just a couple of days, but the back story takes place in the span of several months. The author writes in a way that it isn't confusing to switch back and forth between the two. It begins on a rainy night when a "hooded man" jumps in front of Linda’s car and tells her that he knows Baxter killed Linda and Melissa (the foster daughter) saw him do it, and Melissa knows where Bax [...]

    26. This book has been sitting idle on my kindle since Nov 2010 when it was offered for FREE (now it's 9.99). I guess this is the reason I missed the Christian Mystery part of the description. However despite that it was a well written mystery/ who done it book. Normally I do not enjoy going past to present to past to present, but Collins did it so smoothly I could not image it being done any other way. It's a quick read and you finish it feeling all answers to your questions are answered. The "bad" [...]

    27. Brandilyn Collins has become my top favorite author. Her books just get better and better! When I read a book, I really hate knowing what's going to happen before I read it. If I know within the first chapter or two how the story is going to end, forget it. It's most likely not worth my time reading (but to be fair, the journey can be fun fun sometimes, even knowing the turnout!). So many Christian authors have such great stories in their imagination, but just fall short on delivery. NOT BRANDIL [...]

    28. What a great read - I give “Deceit” by Brandilyn Collins 5 stars!!! This murder mystery novel by Brandilyn Collins is very well written, and a joy to read. The author of “Deceit” does a fine job of telling a great tale of unsolved murders, WITHOUT the normal levels of gratuitous violence and foul language. I sooo enjoyed it!Once I started reading “Deceit”, I couldn’t put it down! With sudden twists in the plot, the author kept me interested from start to finish! I will definitely l [...]

    29. This was a good book. First by the author for me. It jumped right into the action and never stopped. Really fast paced. When she gets into the skiptracing part she gets pretty detailed. Listing the exact phrases, dates of birth and whatnot, instead of a cliffnotes version of what she searches. Christian tidbits are thrown in here and there and really hit hard toward the end. It's written flashing back between current day and six years earlier right before the death of the main characters best fr [...]

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