Gone To Ground

Gone To Ground

by Brandilyn Collins
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Gone to Ground: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
RebaTheWriter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story. I guessed who killed victims 1-5 but wasn't sure about #6. The ladies were amusing. A fast read. Good escapism.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A killer is closer than they think... It's been quite awhile since the last time I read a Brandilyn Collins book. I love her stories, but, honestly, she is one of the few authors that have me leaving the light on at night and peering around corners looking for serial killers behind every door knob and keyhole. She is just THAT good! I think Gone To Ground is my new favorite of her books. From the totally dramatic cover featuring an amaryllis flower dripping blood to the very last page Brandilyn Collins takes readers on a thrilling and definitely spine-tingling ride. I have never finished one of her books as fast as I did Gone To Ground. While still as intense Gone To Ground focuses less on the actual murders than some of Brandilyn's other books and more on the psychological effects of a serial killer on a small town, and on the three women who are convinced they know – and are close to – the killer. I truly enjoyed every bit of this book and trying to figure out the killer before he strikes again, which I did manage to do. Gone To Ground is great read with plenty of twists and turns that Brandilyn Collins fans are sure to love. (I received a copy of this book from the author through TBCN in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by this author and it will not be the last. It was a very suspenseful story and I was guessing about the killer right up until the killer was revealed. What an interesting story line where three women are sure they know the killer and they each suspect a different person.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Gone to Ground was my first book by author Brandilyn Collins, and it certainly was very different from the books I am accustomed to reading. Lately I have been reading a lot of suspense/thriller books. However this book was not as suspense filled as I had at first anticipated, instead I would consider it more of a psychological thriller. It is the story of a small town named Amaryllis that is being plagued by a serial killer, in the past three years the killer has claimed five victims- all women, all living alone, and all found stuffed in their closets after the murder- and just recently a sixth victim has been found. The inhabitants of this town do not know what to think. Amaryllis is a small town with only a population of 1,700, everyone knows each other. The murderer must be someone from a nearby city, who comes to Amaryllis to commit the murders and then leaves. The murderer couldn’t possibly be a resident of this town where everyone is either friends, neighbors, or related… …Except three women believe that the murderer is from their town- someone close to them, and all three of these women have incriminating evidence showing who the killer is. The only problem is that the different evidence all points to different men. The first of these women is Cherrie Mae Devine a sixty-two year old housecleaner. While cleaning the mayor’s house she finds a ring in his possession- a ring that was being worn by the last murder victim the day she was killed. The second person is Tully Phillips, seven months pregnant, who suspects her husband to be the killer after he arrives home from work late the night of the murder. The last of these women is Deena Ruckland an independent, thirty-two year old hair dresser who believes the murderer to be her mentally challenged brother Stevie who showed up at her house the night of the murder covered in a substance that eerily resembled blood. On a whole I found this book fast paced and had it finished the day after starting reading it. I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time not knowing who to believe the murderer was. The one issue I did have with this book, though, is that I did not like how much divorce was in it. I just wished they could have worked through things. My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Brandilyn Collins’ trademark isn’t called Seatbelt Suspense for nothing. Ms. Collins writes in such a way that you can’t put the book down and you’re guessing through the whole story…who done it…right up until the end when WHAM! You find out you were so wrong…at least I was. But I loved the story. Told from the perspective of three women who couldn’t be more different if they tried. All convinced they know who the Closet Killer is and all of them determined to see justice upheld. The story had me up late nights, flipping pages at Mach speed and lovin’ every minute of it. Gone to Ground is another fabulous story by Brandilyn Collins. I received this book from The Book Club Network and B&H Fiction in exchange for my honest review. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/gone-to-ground-by-brandilyn-collins/
BethanyMarks More than 1 year ago
A great who-done-it! Twists of new information drew me in. Why are so many women dying in Amaryllis, Mississippi? Filled with flawed people, Amaryllis is a town we can all relate to with both feisty and compliant women, as well as hardworking or isolated people. Great character development too. I figured out who the killer was early on but all the pieces didn’t come together until the last quarter of the book. A great pace you won’t be able to set aside and a quintessential Southern town made my first read from Brandilyn Collins memorable. I definitely recommend. I received a complimentary book from Brandilyn Collins and The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Brandilyn Collins is One of My Favorite Suspense Authors... The small, sleepy town of Amaryllis, MS, suddenly has some action and secrets that terrify the townspeople.Over the course of three years, six women have all been killed with the same modus operandi. All but the last are older, single or widowed women. With the last murder, the evidence clearly points to the guilty suspect. The problem is, three different women are positive three different men are guilty-- and all have "proof" for a cynical police chief. I had forgotten why I liked Brandilyn Collins's books so much. Her stories fly swiftly along, as I hang on for dear life at the twists and turns that occur in the already unnerving journey. I love how Collins switches effortlessly between three very different, very complex protagonists to narrate the story. I especially loved her rendition of Cherrie Mae. Although Cherrie Mae doesn't sound well-educated, life with her husband produces literary quotes for any occasion, not to mention the calming influence and faith that wonderful lady possesses. Everyone should be so fortunate to have a Cherrie Mae in his/her life!! A quotable to live by(and not a literary quote). "You can hold your head high after going on from your mistakes. But you can't hold your head high if you live with those mistakes and never do anything to correct them." (Deena to Tully) I gratefully received this fast moving page - turner from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Brandilyn Collins books. They capture me from the first page and keep me interested and yearning to read until I am done. Gone to Ground was no exception. The setting is Amaryllis, Mississippi and women are being murdered. The people of this quiet, quaint town are fearful. When will this murdered be caught? Will he strike again before the police force can figure out who he is? Or is it a she? Nobody knows. While the police force is working the case there are three women in town who do not feel the police are moving fast enough to solve this case. They, with their different and sometimes conflicting backgrounds, band together in an effort to figure out who the killer is. Will the killer target one of these women? Are these women getting close to solving the case? Do the police have information they are not at liberty to share? Do you lock your doors at night? You should, the killer is still at large!!!! Here are bits and pieces about Ms. Collins from her website: http://brandilyncollins.com. I was born in India (the daughter of missionary parents) and grew up in Kentucky. I moved to California when I was 22. My husband and I now live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve written almost 30 books. Most of these are Seatbelt Suspense® novels. Others are in the contemporary genre I love nature—I see God in it. Love music, especially classic rock and gospel. (In Heaven I shall go from concert to concert.) I've seen some amazing blessings from God, including a miraculous healing (you can read the account on this site). As for the personal stuff, I’m married to the best man on earth (not bragging or anything, just fact), and have three grown children. We have no pets, but do see lots of deer and turkeys on our Pacific Northwest property, as well as the occasional moose, elk, and (rare) bear. I was given this book, by bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins contains all the elements in a great mystery that I love. Not only that, but it is written in my favorite style of first person from the point of view of three different characters. The setting is a small Southern town of Amaryllis, Mississippi and the cover of the book is of the beautiful Amaryllis flower. Five murders have occurred in the quaint Southern town over the past 3 years and most recently, a sixth. This is the story of a serial killer in the community and three women who each think they know who the killer is. The mystery is that each woman believes a different man to be the murderer. The storyline is especially captivating, and as previously stated, the writing style is fantastic. If you love great Southern fiction and mysteries, you will enjoy this book. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author and I can hardly wait to read others by her. I appreciate the unexpected twists and turns the story takes. It is a page turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins. It is told in the first person perspective from the three main characters. There have been five murders in the last three years in Amaryllis, Mississippi. Each person was killed in the exact same manner and then stuffed into a closet. The Amaryllis Police Department has been unable to solve the crime and catch the Closet Killer (as he has been dubbed). Then there is a sixth victim. Three different women believe they know who the Closet Killer is. Tully Phillips is nineteen years old, married, and expecting her first baby. Her husband, Mike came home late the night of the sixth killing and he had bloody hands. Deena Ruckland is thirty-two and owns Deena’s Cut ‘n’ Style. Her brother, Steve showed up at her house the night of the killing with blood on his uniform. Steve is mentally challenged and has been picked on his whole life. He refused to answer his sister’s questions. Cherrie Mae Devine is a house cleaner. One of her clients is Mayor Austin Bradmeyer and his wife, Eva. Cherrie Mae was cleaning his office and looked in one of the Mayor’s desk drawers. She noticed a file that was marked “Closet Killer”. The file contains photos of each victim and the ring of the last victim is in the drawer. These three ladies will come together to unravel the clues and solve the killings. Who is the Closet Killer? I found Gone to Ground to be a difficult novel to read. The women talk with a Southern accent which was hard to read. I did not enjoy the first person perspective. If it had been told from one person’s point-of-view, it would have been okay. However, it kept switching between the women making the reader guess which lady is it now. I did like that this was a Christian mystery (no foul language or sex). The mystery was very easy to solve (I was hoping it would be more difficult). The writing is good, but I felt the book needed a little reworking. I give Gone to Ground 3.75 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Gone to Ground from the author (and Book Club Network Inc.) in exchange for an honest review.
Calliegh0 More than 1 year ago
Amaryllis, Mississippi is a typical small town America. Everyone knows everyone and everyone thinks they know everything about everyone. However, for the past three years, Amaryllis has kept a secret. How could five women die and No one knows anything? But when a sixth woman is killed in the same manner, three women find evidence to support three different men as being the killer. Brandilyn Collins has written another page turner. I love how she tells the story from three different women's perspective. Cherrie Mae was by far my favorite. She was the older no nonsense southern Christian woman who everybody knows and loves. Cleaning houses for a living, she knows some secrets but also knows discretion. Until a piece of a puzzle doesn't fit. She then joins forces with Tully, a nineteen year old married and pregnant woman. She feels that she has the unlocking piece of evidence but it would lead to a different killer. Enter Deena, the proverbial hair dresser who find out gossip just by listening to her clients, she has information that could lead to the arrest of another man who is very dear to her heart. When these three women team up, they are able to unravel some of the mystery. However, there is a very dangerous piece still missing. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and hearing their thoughts and feelings. Usually when a book is written from many different perspectives, one can become lost and muddle in the storyline. Ms. Collins does an excellent job of keeping the story flowing with no confusion. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the ending seemed a little rushed. I received a copy from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Will be checking out other books by this author.  This was a great book.......suspenseful right to the end!!! 
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Mother_Gamer_Writer More than 1 year ago
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
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MarB1 More than 1 year ago
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!
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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