Gone to Ground

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Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison. 
In the past three years five...

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Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little town of strong backbone and southern hospitality. A brick-paved Main Street, a park, and a legendary ghost in the local cemetery are all part of its heritage. Everybody knows everybody in Amaryllis, and gossip wafts on the breeze. Its people are friendly, its families tight. On the surface Amaryllis seems much like the flower for which it’s named—bright and fragrant. But the Amaryllis flower is poison. 
In the past three years five unsolved murders have occurred within the town. All the victims were women, and all were killed in similar fashion in their own homes. And just two nights ago—a sixth murder. 
Clearly a killer lives among the good citizens of Amaryllis. And now three terrified women are sure they know who he is—someone they love. None is aware of the others’ suspicions. And each must make the heartrending choice to bring the killer down. But each woman suspects a different man.

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"A fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages." —Publishers Weekly
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  • ISBN-13: 9781613751930
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. Awards for her novels include the ACFW Book of the Year (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice. Her novels are fast-paced, character-driven stories with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Also, The Writer magazine named her nonfiction release, Getting Into Character, one of the best books on writing published in 2002. When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences. Brandilyn has faced—and conquered—her own battle with Lyme disease. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

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    BRANDILYN COLLIN'S BEST BOOK YET!

    This book, although different from most of hers, is every bit a page turner and just as twisted as all the others. I always figure out whodonnit in Collins' books, just to be slapped in the face with a totally different culprit that I never saw coming. This was no exception.

    You simply must read this book. But, you'll have to hang onto your seat... oh yeah, and don't forget to breathe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Fun to read

    Interesting story. I guessed who killed victims 1-5 but wasn't sure about #6. The ladies were amusing. A fast read. Good escapism.


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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Gone to Ground is a serial killer murder mystery told from the p

    Gone to Ground is a serial killer murder mystery told from the perspective of three women. Each of these women believes they know who committed the murders, and all have something to lose by coming forward. Amaryllis, Mississippi is not the type of town where murders happen, but now a serial killer has the whole town on edge. Brandilyn Collins takes us into the lives of these three women as they try to do the right thing.

    You are first introduced to Cherrie Mae, the senior of the three ladies possessing the grace and wisdom of a mature Christian. She cleans houses and finds information that leads her to think that one of her employers is the killer. There is a dialect used for her narration, but it is not overdone and doesn’t interfere with the flow of the story. Tully, a young pregnant woman, believes that her abusive husband may be the murderer. Deena, a beauty shop owner, is afraid her special needs brother may be involved. Woven through the book is the story being retold as a newspaper article by Trent, a reporter. All of the characters are likeable and realistic.

    Although the chapters change the point of view, you will never be lost in this chilling tale of murder. I appreciated the Brandilyn Collins’ careful development of each character and clear “voice” for each. Of course, it also helps that the chapters are labeled with the name of the viewpoint! The story brings the three women together so that their lives intertwine. Once again Brandilyn Collins brings suspense, mystery, and faith to her characters in a special way. Of her books I have read, I think this is the best so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

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    I can’t think of a better way to describe Gone to Ground o

    I can’t think of a better way to describe Gone to Ground other than PERFECT! Author Brandilyn Collins sure knows how to hook a reader’s attention and take them on a journey they will think about long after the story is over. With its laugh-out-loud funny quotes from Cherrie Mae, Collins gave this page turner the WOW-factor which made it a heart-stopping, adrenaline pumping, turbulent, whirlwind sleuthing mystery. Once I started, I couldn’t get enough of each Southern Belle and the choices they had to make, fears they had to overcome, and the murder that brought them all together.

    Gone to Ground is told in the first-person perspective from three women who live in the small town of Amaryllis, Mississippi. Each woman, with ages ranging from 19 to 60’s, contributes to the unique southern charm and highly contagious dialect of the novel. Cherrie Mae, a housekeeper for just about everyone in the town, has to be one of the strongest and wisest people in Amaryllis. With this character, Collins captured the heart and soul of southern African American women. She was a sassy, comical, no-nonsense, you-better-listen-to-me-I’m-your-elder kind of lady. Often throughout the story I pictured her to be a few different women from my own church. I loved it! It excited me, and brought out my own Southern Girl Attitude! She was definitely the voice of reason and the glue that held the characters together.

    Tully and Deena are the other two women MC’s in the story. Tully, a teenager about to give birth to her first child with her abusive husband, starts off as a shy and frightened young woman. Because of her love for one man she makes choices, albeit some were better than others, which essentially affect her marriage. Hanging on to the hope that her husband will change, she is forced to decide between doing the right thing and protecting the man she loves. Over the course of the novel, I enjoyed her transformation from humble to courageous. It was genuine, well constructed, and relatable. Deena, a hairdresser, was also a delight to read. She was passionate, witty, and never let any of the men around her push her into doing something she didn’t want to do. And once these women teamed up, they became unstoppable.

    Overall, Gone to Ground is a novel I expected nothing from. I didn’t even expect it to be good. However, I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of enjoyment I received from devouring this novel over the course of a few hours. It’s definitely a quick read with a satisfying conclusion. And a wondrous break from the usual paranormal romance books I read. I recommend this book to everyone, men and woman alike, in hopes that you will find these True Southern Women a great addition to your reading collection.
    Full Review at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
    Reviewer: Me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Couldn't put it down

    I have read every book this author has written and loved them all. This book was a different writing style for her, but great. The three main characters were all so different but so real and loveable. Most of the time the 3 women were speaking in first person which to me is usually a turn off, but I read every single word. I did have to put the book down for a few hours so I could get some sleep. I felt I was right there in the mix of it all. Thanks to the author for another great read.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    In this novel Brandilyn Collins takes us to Amaryllis a little t

    In this novel Brandilyn Collins takes us to Amaryllis a little town in Mississippi where everybody knows everybody. And everybody knows what the other is doing. But nobody knows who `The Closet Killer' is. Three women think they know who he is, but each woman suspects a different man.

    The Closet Killer has murdered five women in the past three years. They were all stabbed with a knife in their neck and were found in their bedroom closet. Now a sixth woman was found murdered.

    Three women are convinced that the man they know has murdered this last victim. Cherrie Mae thinks one of her clients did it. Deena thinks her brother did it. Tully thinks her husband did it. They all have believable arguments to think that the man they know is the killer.
    The women get together and learn from each other that all three men have a motive to have murdered this last victim. Together they try to figure out who the real killer is.

    Gone to Ground is a gripping page-turner. The story was very well written. I loved to read each woman's thoughts and their own manner of speech. This made the characters more real to me.
    Usually I figure out pretty soon who the bad guy is, but not this time. I had not guessed who the killer was. Good job, Brandilyn!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Not a Nancy Drew Mystery!!

    This book is awesome!! Probably my favorite book from Brandilynn! I enjoyed it so much. Intense, page to page action that will draw you in, and hook you! Great story, great action, great book!

    Three different women, all from a small town in the south, Amaryllis Mississippi. Each so different from the other, a young nineteen year old girl married to a boy a bit older than her, expecting her first baby. Tully Phillips didn't realize she was marrying an abuser, but it didn't take her long to find out. Cherrie Mae Devine, was a older lady who cleaned houses in town, but she was getting older and it was harder on her these days.She loves reading classics and quoting her favorite lines in situations that fit them. Deena Ruckland, once married to John Cotter one of the small town's police officers, the owner of Deena's Cut n Style, knows everyone in town, and cuts most of their hair.

    All three women are connected by the gruesome murders that has their small town in knots. Five murders committed exactly alike and now a sixth murder has taken place and all three women are afraid they know who committed those murders, the only problem, they all think it is three different people.

    Follow this story as they join together to prove who is guilty and who is innocent. As they discover who the real killer is. I have to say the ending caught me by surprise, I was totally caught off guard to who the murderer was, with the exception of the last murder, that was obvious from the beginning of the book. I love books that surprise me like that, and you will love this one too!! 321 pages US $14.99 5 stars

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. Thanks to Suspense Zone for having this book sent to me!

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

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    ANOTHER INTERESTING INSPIRATIONAL READ!!

    GONE TO GROUND by Brandilyn Collins is a interesting suspense. I enjoyed the suspense in this story and how Deena,Cherrie Mae, and Tully work together to help solve the murder of Erika. A very interesting story that is well written with clear descriptions and strong characters. A must read full of suspense,with interesting characters. Received for an honest review. Details can be found at B&H Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews.


    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: Sweet

    REVIEWED BY: DorothyA,My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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