Monday, June 9, 2014

Get Sidetracked!

Brandilyn Collins
(Christian Writers Guild)
ISBN: 978-0578137063
May 2014/255 pages/$14.99

If you had to choose between protecting all you hold dear in your own life or saving an innocent person from going to prison—what would you do?

Thirty-four-year-old Delanie Miller has fled her dark past and is now settled into a quiet life in small-town Redbud, Kentucky. She has friends, a faux "family" who lives in her house, and a loving boyfriend who may soon ask her to marry him. Her aching dream of a husband and future children are about to come true. But protecting this life of promise means keeping a low profile and guarding the truth of her past—from everyone.

The town's peace is shattered when Delanie's friend, Clara, is murdered, and Delanie finds her body. The police chief quickly zeroes in on Billy King, a simple-minded young man whom Delanie knows would never hurt Clara. She can hunt down evidence and speak out publicly against the chief—only at great risk of her own exposure. But how can Delanie, who suffered such injustice in her past, keep silent now? She must find a way to uncover the real murderer yet save the life she’s created—the deceit-ridden life that will forever distance her true self from others and God.

With page-turning intensity, Sidetracked hurtles between Delanie’s trauma in Redbud and the chaos of her past. Those experiences forced Delanie to reinvent her present—but at what cost to her future?


Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Her first book, A Question of Innocence (true crime), landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer's Best Award, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.


When you live a lie for so long, it becomes a part of you. Like clothing first rough and scratchy, it wears down, thins out. Sinks into your skin.

Wow. Brandilyn Collins writes suspense like no one else. Which is probably a good thing for my heart! This novel is aptly named because once you begin reading, you will remain Sidetracked from any other obligations until you turn the final page. I certainly couldn't put it down and read it in a day. Collins's expertise at character and plot development shines as she intersperses the horrific events of Delanie's past with her current ordeal. The escalating intensity of the dilemma Delainie faces in Redbud is compounded by the threat of her past catching up to her, making it clear why Collins's trademark is Seatbelt Suspense®. Beyond a good mystery, however, Sidetracked contains important faith elements that are seamlessly and naturally woven into the story. This one's definitely going on my keeper shelf!

I'm excited to see and interview Brandilyn Collins at ICRS in Atlanta later this month. Watch for my interview coming here!

I purchased this book and reviewed it because I love Brandilyn Collins's books.


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