Dark Pursuits

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'Ever hear the dead knocking?'

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense---until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she's rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan's town two women have been murdered, and she is about to ...

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Overview

'Ever hear the dead knocking?'

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense---until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, reclusive and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she's rebuilding her life. But in Kaitlan's town two women have been murdered, and she is about to discover a third. She's even more shocked to realize the culprit is her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief's son.

Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he'll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig.

But can Darell's muddled mind do it? And---if he tries---with what motivation? For Kaitlan's plight may be the stunning answer to the elusive plot he seeks . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310276425
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 833,853
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Fast-paced suspense

    A grandfather makes an unlikely hero, but it works. There's more here than you first suspect. A good story approached from different characters' viewpoints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A thriller that you just can't put down

    WOW from the minute I started reading it I was caught up in the mystery. I couldn't put it down. Once again Brandilyn Collins has written a book that is a fast paced page turner. I really recommend this book, you will not be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    GOTTA GET IT!!!

    WOW! This book was so good. From the beginning to the end, it kept me going. A young woman is on the run from her boyfriend who she obviously didnt know too well and runs for help to her grandfather who isnt too crazy about her. Stuck in a world of making swift decisions, she must act fast in every direction she turns. And the end is no disappointer. Definitely get this book. God bless!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    It's not great but adequate.

    Dark Pursuit is a good book. It's not great but adequate. It's not horrifying but there are moments of suspense. It's not religious - it actually seems as if the sections about praying and living for God are an afterthought. The better part of the story is her relationship with her grandfather and his housekeeper. It's not something I'd go out to buy but if you're unable to find anything else in the library that looks interesting it's not a bad book.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    It was OK

    It was page turning and thrilling, though it wasn't very original. I wasn't surprised by the ending.
    What really ruined it for me was the lack of logic in the characters. It was obvious the author wanted the plot to go a certain way and she unnaturally steered the characters that direction. A normal person would not have made the decisions the characters did. It was very obvious that the author wanted to create conflict, so she had the characters make certain decisions to create that conflict... eventhough those decisions seemed awkward and unreasonable.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Fascinating twists and intriguing suspense

    Brandilyn Collins writes Christian suspense novels with the tag-line "Don't forget to breathe." Her novel, Dark Pursuit, certainly merits the warning. It's a story that starts with a quick trip home and just the odd thing out of place, then rushes into murder and mayhem, leaving twenty-two-year-old Kaitlan unsure who to trust. The boyfriend might be a murderer. The novelist grandfather wants nothing to do with her, nor she with him. And the police are more concerned with her past than her security.

    Of course, the grandfather's not just any old novelist. He's a suspense novelist, with a penchant for setting up scary situations and resolving them. But it's been a while and the words and the plots won't come, so it's with mixed motives that he sets out to help Kaitlan, and with mixed results.

    Surprising twists lie in the final scenes. Even if you've guessed some of them you probably won't have predicted everything. I certainly hadn't.

    The dialog creates clearly recognizable characters and relationships, and the story will have you pondering the motivations behind your own pursuits, dark or light, long after it's finished. I recommend it as an exciting, intriguing read, but don't forget to breathe.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    DEFINITELY SEATBELT SUSPENSE AT IT'S FINEST!!

    Collins has once again drawn me hook line and sinker toward the depths of the cave with a thrilling, nail biting plot. Just as the pages past far exceeded pages left and I abolutely knew "who dunit", out of nowhere she whacked me over the head with a surprise I could never have dreamed of in a million years.

    Want a cure for insomnia? Umm... This book definitely IS NOT it! If you want a read you can't put down until you hung on for dear life to the very last word and search frantically for just one more page, go raid your piggy bank and buy this book.

    You won't be dissappointed in the book... only that it does--like all great things--suddenly come to an end. Brandilyn Collins knows how to suck me in, slit my throat and soothe me while I bleed to death!! Brava Brandilyn!!

    Read the book! You'll be a Collins and "Seatbelt Suspense" thrill seeker for life. Do you dare?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Quick Read

    This is a good book for a quick read. It does not seem to have as much depth as some of Brandilyn Collins other works, but still a good read.

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

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    Seatbelt Suspense at its Finest

    Dark Pursuit, by Brandilyn Collins<BR/><BR/>Reviewed by Marion Kelley Bullock<BR/><BR/>In this page-turner, Brandilyn Collins lives up to her reputation as a seatbelt suspense novelist. She hooked me on page one and refused to turn me loose until I finished the final page. It¿s that good.<BR/><BR/>Novelist Darell Brooke, age 77, is still only half mobile after his auto accident. His broken bones healed, but his ligament damage did not. To top it off, he suffers from depression and is unable to concentrate. Odds are, he won¿t be able to write his one-hundredth best-seller suspense novel.<BR/><BR/>Kaitlan Sering, Darell¿s pregnant granddaughter, discovers a dead woman in her bed and is horror-stricken. Two other women in her town have been murdered. She¿s terrified the killer is her boyfriend, Craig Barlow, the police chief¿s son who told her some of the facts surrounding those other cases, facts no one else knew. What can she do? Obviously she can¿t go to the police.<BR/><BR/>She turns to her estranged grandfather, from whom she stole money for drugs years ago. He has no use for her and she shares his dislike. She has accused him of caring about nothing but his writing. But known as King of Suspense, he has lived suspense for over forty years. He¿s Kaitlan¿s only hope for concocting a plan to trap the killer and save her life.<BR/><BR/>Brandilyn Collins has woven a piece of black and green silk through this exciting novel of pride, forgiveness, and second chances. If you¿ve read her other suspense novels, you¿re bound to love this one. If you¿ve never had that experience, you¿d better rush out and buy a copy of Dark Pursuit now. You don¿t know what you¿re missing.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    Hard to put down and suspenseful!

    Dark Pursuit was a fast paced read with plenty of twists and turns to make the reader dizzy. I had a hard time putting the book down because it kept building and the tension increased with every chapter. But that is how good suspenses are supposed to be. Brandilyn certainly knows how to raise the reader's anxiety level. The spiritual thread seemed naturally woven in to the storyline and I enjoyed every page. The only thing is that at the end I didn't totally buy how things turned out. Call me a skeptic but the foundation for the end didn't seem strong enough to me. Up until that point I was hooked. Now don't get me wrong. It was an amazing read, but short of divulging a spoiler I can't really say what I mean. Nine out of ten people will be fine with the final chapters but it didn't work that way for me. But I tend to be a skeptic anyway and suspense isn't my favorite genre. I think the problem is also that I loved Crimson Eve so much that none of Brandilyn's other stories can top it. :) As far as suspense novelists go, however, Brandilyn is clearly one of the best there is.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Fasten Up, It's a Bumpy Ride

    When Brandilyn Collins trademarked her books Seatbelt Suspense, she set a high standard for herself. For those who wear their seatbelts out reading Brandilyn's books, Dark Pursuit, her most recent novel, will not disappoint.<BR/><BR/>Kaitlan Sering is twenty- years old, has reformed from a life of drug abuse and rebuilt herself. She has her own successful hair salon business, a great boyfriend, her own house, and a dead woman in her bed. Kaitlan must make a difficult decision. She returns to her estranged grandfather's house. He is the grandfather she stole from to support her drug habit, and who is known the world over for his great suspense novels. When Kaitlan discovers evidence that her charming boyfriend is the murderer of the woman in her house and two other women in town, she knows she must trust her angry, memory- challenged grandfather with her life and that of her unborn child.<BR/><BR/>With finesse and skill Brandilyn Collins lures her readers into a sense of comfort knowing the grandfather will come through with the perfect pan for capturing the killer while keeping Kaitlan safe. Then she completely throws all previously perceived solutions to the wind testing to be sure the readers' seatbelts are securely fastened. From the opening page until the end the reader travels a journey with Kaitlan that will frighten and challenge. Go ahead, buy the book, open the first page . . . but first, be sure your calendar is clear, your lights are on, and your seatbelt is tight.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    My Kinda Book!

    This is my kind of thriller! I began reading it as soon as it came into my home, and I became frustrated as my busy schedule forced me to put it down to attend to other things--like LIFE! I wanted to read non-stop!<BR/><BR/>It's written in the omniscient voice so that the reader can easily follow all the action, it's interspersed with the chapters of the killer written in first person. Different fonts are used to further enhance the killer's thoughts. (*shudder*) There's a touch of romance, plenty of drama, and tons of suspense. I loved it!

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Brandilyn Collins does it again!

    Once again Brandilyn Collins skillfully leads the reader down the dark path of a whodunit suspense novel...at least you think you know whodunit. Excellent read and great first stand alone novel. Looking forward to more from Brandilyn Collins. If it's written by Brandilyn Collins, you are in for a good ride!

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

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    Dark Pursuit

    A gripping tale of murder, deceit and just how far some are will to go for family.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    Send chills up my spine!

    Novelist Darell Brooke is known as the King of Suspense, with ninety-nine blockbusters published. An auto accident two years ago left his mind hazy. He now lives alone in his mansion home, a recluse without friends or family, with one goal: write one more blockbuster novel.<BR/><BR/>His twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, Kaitlan, hasn¿t seen him in years. He cut her off back when she was a rebellious teenager. But she¿s changed and made a life for herself. When she comes home early from work one day, she finds a dead woman in her home. She¿s about to call the police when she realizes that the murdered is her boyfriend, Craig, the police chief¿s son.<BR/><BR/>Her only option is to go to her grandfather for help. With ninety-nine murder mysteries under his belt, he must be able to advise her. But can her grandfather¿s jumbled mind concentrate enough to trap this brilliant murderer? And if he succeeds, could this whole crisis be the answer to finishing that hundredth book?<BR/><BR/>Brandilyn Collins always tells an exciting tale, and this one was no different. Never have I read a murder mystery where the protagonist had to go back and hand around with the murderer to stay alive! Those chapters sent a chill up my spine, and I couldn¿t put the book down. If you¿ve never read a Brandilyn Collins book, you¿ve got to check one out. She¿s a masterful storyteller. Recommended. :-)

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Brandilyn Collins--'Nuf Said

    Fans of Brandilyn Collins knew what to expect: a body in the first few pages, characters drawn so well we feel we know them, and an unexpected twist. Dark Pursuit doesn¿t disappoint in this regard. The twist that hooked me was the inclusion as a major character of an author, the King of Suspense, who is struggling to write again after brain damage from an injury. The parallel between the book he¿s trying to write and the story line makes interesting reading.<BR/>In contrast to her usual series books, this is a stand-alone novel. But it¿s just as good¿maybe a little better¿than its predecessors. It lives up to Brandilyn¿s branding of ¿seatbelt suspense.¿

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Incredible

    This book held me captive from the first page did not want to put it down. Even though the reader thinks they know what is going on there are still some real suprises at the end.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Christian Thriller!

    Brandilyn Collin is one of the authors whose books never fail to disappoint. She proved it again with Dark Pursuit. This is a book within a book...a book with a twist...and more. I didn't expect the ending! Loved it!

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    exciting criminal thriller

    Suspense novelist Darell Brooke and his granddaughter Kaitlan Sering have been estranged for several years ever since demon drugs took over her life. He refused to pay for her addiction and displaying tough love kicked her out of his life though that broke his heart.<BR/><BR/>Two years ago Darell was severely injured in a car accident that has impacted his mental acumen as he struggles with memory and focus. He has not written anything since and has become an acrimonious grumpy hermit. On the other hand, the twentyish Kaitlan has rebounded starting with kicking the habit, obtaining a decent job and has a nice boyfriend Craig Barlow, the son of the police chief Russ Barlow, whom she has been seeing for three months and is carrying his child. <BR/>---<BR/>Excited and praying Craig will be too when she tells him she is pregnant, she finds a dead fortyish female in her bed. She wonders if Craig killed the woman, but soon has worse issues as the police deem her the only viable suspect. No longer trusting Craig or his dad, she flees to her grandfather for help, not knowing who else she can turn to if he rejects her. However, the king of suspense no longer has the sharp mind his granddaughter remembers; she fears she is endangering him too, but Darell needs to be there for his Kaitlan.<BR/>---<BR/>This is an exciting criminal thriller starring a strong ensemble cast anchored by the heroine in trouble. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Kaitlan sees the corpse in her bed and never slows down as the police and her fiance go after her while she and her befuddled grandfather push back hoping to break Craig. Although one critical spin seems unlikely, fans will relish the aptly named DARK PURSUIT, as family right or wrong is always family.<BR/>---<BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 10, 2008

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    Surprise ending

    Brandilyn Collins is one of my all time favorite authors. Eyes of Elisha was the first book I read and I was hooked. Dark Pursuit is a stand-alone thriller. Part of the book was told from the killer's viewpoint and that part I did not particulary enjoy, however the rest of the book had me totally on the edge of my seat wondering who this killer was. I was very surprised when I finished the book. It definately kept me guessing. Very suspenseful. I would definately recommend this book.

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