CFBA Blog Tour—Crimson Eve

If you’re familiar with Christian suspense writer Brandilyn Collins, then you already know she is famous for her edge-of-the-seat writing and for delighting in killing off unsuspecting souls—waiters, agents, even fellow writers. Why, I myself was with her two years ago, up at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference when she plotted one such … uh, liquidation. And here she is at last year’s ICRS in Atlanta—caught red-handed, so to speak! 😀

The thing is, Brandilyn’s novels are not about the deaths. As in all good suspense, the story is about the threat to the one still living—the Target someone, who for whatever reason, is in the cross hairs (sometimes literally) of a villain and is running, hiding, dodging for her life.

Brandilyn’s latest release, Crimson Eve fits the mold, then breaks it.

The Story. Quiet, hard-working Carla, a real estate agent in Kanner Lake, Idaho, is going about her business when her past catches up to her. At first she can make no sense of someone trying to kill her. Who and why? Unless … There was that one person sixteen years ago when she worked at …

You didn’t actually think I was going to tell you, did you?? 😮 I do not believe in writing reviews that spoil the story. And this is a page-turner you do not want spoiled. It is fast-paced, vivid, suspenseful (Brandilyn makes sure of that), and surprising. Sure, there are some things you can begin to connect as the story goes along, but even in the end, I found some surprising twists that made the story thoroughly entertaining all the way from the front cover to the back.

Strengths. Strong writing. An intriguing plot. An engaging character to match. I think this is Brandilyn’s best story to date. Carla, more than any other protagonist of Brandilyn’s is someone I rooted for, cared about, worried over, felt sorry for. And got a little mad at. She’s a character who is apt to stay with the reader long after the thrill part of the ride is over.

Weakness. Usually I’m complaining because Brandilyn includes scenes written from the point of view of the villain/antagonist, and as is in vogue currently, she gives him some quality that makes him seem not so much an ogre. In this case it is his love for his son. Except, in this book the antagonist is not really the villain. He is actually a victim of sorts, too, and of the same villain that our protagonist must withstand. I liked the fact that there was truly someone who I didn’t like and who I didn’t feel compelled to like because of some spark of goodness. The villain made it easy to root for Carla from beginning to end.

Oh, yes, I’m supposed to be discussing weaknesses. Well, none in the depiction of the villain or antagonist. I think there was only one place I might call a weakness. This was Carla’s decision to … well, I can’t really tell you, can I. Not without spoiling some of the story. Suffice it to say, she made a decision which kept her in jeopardy. Brandilyn motivated it adequately, I think, especially as you learn more about Carla. Initially, I didn’t think it was credible, and later I just wanted to shake our heroine because she was doing a dangerous, dangerous thing. She should have known better! or not. Clearly, this is not a make-or-break point.

Recommendation. For suspense lovers, Crimson Eve is a must read. For any other reader, I highly recommend this book.

Published in: on October 19, 2007 at 6:00 am  Comments Off on CFBA Blog Tour—Crimson Eve  
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