The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases, #1)

The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases, #1)

by Julie C. Gilbert

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A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Ann isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick, have plenty to think about.

Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out.

If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152826463
Publisher: Julie C. Gilbert
Publication date: 01/14/2016
Series: Heartfelt Cases , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 54,551
File size: 540 KB

About the Author

I'm a high chemistry teacher, a writer, a Star Wars fan, a Lego maniac, a tea drinker, a decaf coffee girl, and a Christian. I write in several genres, including mystery/thriller now thanks to amazon's Kindle Worlds.

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The Collins Case 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was one of the best Christian, suspense novels that I have read, was hard to put down. The story moved at a fast pace, characters very realistic, and faith inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this book to be a refreshing testimony in todays troubled world. :-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept my interest all through the story. I will be reading more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inspiring, drawing me closer in my faith in God.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
It's unclear what a certain Dr. Collins has done that leads to his wife and children's kidnapping. But Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson and her partner, Patrick Duncan, are out to find the abductees and to stem a sudden flood of Internet hacking in The Collins Case by author Julie C. Gilbert. I was first introduced to this author's writing with a novelette, The Quinn Case, in an anthology called Where the Light May Lead. It was much like watching an evening crime drama, which I do on occasion, and I was in that kind of mood when I picked up The Collins Case. I wasn't far into my reading before I was like, "Wait, wh-what?" The story had me hooked early, and quite a bit happens in this quick read. It moves at a good pace without skimpy or rushed storytelling. This first in a series of Heartfelt Cases isn't a sappy heart tale but a heart and mind battle where life and death are the stakes. I found the book to be on the heavy side with its Gospel language, which can sometimes feel like a shift from story-mode into Gospel-tract-mode to me, and the stretch after the climax seems to go on a bit long, introducing minor characters' backstories while simultaneously tying up the loose ends of the main plot. But it's quite a mix of heart and suspense that satisfied the reading mood I was in, and I'd definitely recommend it to other Christian suspense fans.
SirCap More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful short novel about an FBI investigator. A good friend of hers back home goes missing, and she wants on the case, she wants to help. Her and her partner, a man whom you can feel the attraction from, team up to help. This was a wonderful book, full of action, plot, and faith. I haven't read much Christian Fiction, nor do I write any, though I am a Christian, and it was a nice change of pace for me to read, it truly shows the power of faith and the struggles it takes to keep that faith during hard times, and not to mention, plenty of action to keep you from being bored. Definitely a series I've become interested in. However, I want to see "pre" book one, I want to see the two FBI agent partners when they first become partners, to see if there's any attraction for between them then and it got put aside, I'd like to see the cases that happen before this more revealing one. The narrator did a great job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author did a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the story. I felt like I was right there during everything that happened. I will defiinitely be putting Julie Gilbert on my favorite list of authors.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Gilbert`s fresh, inviting, upbeat writing style is easy to follow and very captivating.  The unique and well thought out storyline will keep you on your toes throughout.  Suspense runs wild as Gilbert draws you further and further into the world that she`s created.  Although in essence this is a Christian novel, it`s one that will be enjoyed by many who enjoy something with some suspense.  There are definitely Christian undertones to the novel but the author neither preaches at you nor makes it the focal point of the story. The characters in this novel were well developed and unique.  The contrasts between the individuals that Gilbert creates and the stereotype norm is very marked and adds much originality to the novel.  The strong, original characters keep you hooked, wanting to get to know them better and to see how things work out for them.   I will admit that I do judge a book by its cover.  It`s definitely what catches my eye and gets me to pick it up in the first place.  This is one of those books that you shouldn`t judge by the cover.  The very cartoon-ey cover definitely doesn`t do justice to the intriguing story that you`ll find within.   This was a very enjoyable novel that I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend to others.  I`ll definitely be reading more from this series in the future. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
bemiown More than 1 year ago
REVIEW The book wasn't very realistic to me. I don't understand why someone like Chris would let dome one run his life. I believe the book could have used some editing. The titles and subtitles were right on top of the beginning of the chapters. The book to me was just another of the same suspense books that I've read so many of. This book wasn't any different. It didn't stand out. It took me reading the entire book before any of it started to make any sense to me. I believe the characters needed more development. Maybe cut down on a few of the things that were taking place and develop the others more. One thing I really didn't understand was that if Rachel and Ann were such good friends, why was Ann not recognized by Rachel right off the bat? The story is basically well written. I just believe it needs more development and the addition of some reality. The book may be fiction, but that little touch of reality always attracts the reader. Sometimes we think people are one way and they turn out not to be. They really aren't who we think they are. This happens a lot in real life. Secrets, sometimes are kept to protect loved ones and sometimes secrets are kept to protect the one who has the secret. I believe the book was just a little too much push on religion and God. This is just my own personal opinion. Overall it's a fair read. I feel it could be improved. I was given a complimentary copy of THE COLLINS CASE from the author Julie Gilbert for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured my attention & kept me reading! Great story. I'll read more by this author!