Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dark Pursuit

Brandilyn Collins

A new stand-alone “Seatbelt Suspense” from bestselling author Brandilyn Collins.
Kaitlan Sering’s estranged grandfather, novelist Darell Brooke, was the legendary King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Now she’s begging him to protect her from a real serial killer. Can his muddled mind devise a plan to catch the murderer?

 My Take:

One of the things that stood out to me in this book was how self-aware it was.  One of the main characters is like an older James Patterson, a famous suspense novelist, and the fact that the events of the story unfold like a suspense novel is not lost on him, and is frequently commented on.  Things are foreshadowed in the book by what he would write, it the story were up to him.  This aspect put an interesting twist, without which, I don't think the book would have been special.  It also wasn't really the run of the mill "whodunit", but more, "okay, we know whodunit, now how do we catch him?"  This wasn't the most fantastic book I've ever read, but its a good way to kill some time and have some good entertainment.  The pacing was well done overall, which is always something I watch for, and tend to jump on quickly if it isn't up to par.  There is also a twist at the ending which I saw coming, and predicted with some, but not all, accuracy.  I enjoyed the twist none the less.  I rate this book a 3, Find a Used Book Store.  A fun read, but it doesn't really stick with you after you're finished.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

Did you enjoy Dark Pursuit?  Check out Exposure, also by Brandilyn Collins, as well as the rest of the Mystery Section!

Looking for something a little more intense?  You might enjoy James Patterson.  Some of my favorite titles are The Jester, and Step on a Crack.

If this book were a movie it would likely be rated either PG to PG-13, this is one of those in between books.  I don't think any adult should shy away from it, it's depictions of violence are very tame, but the concept of a serial killer might make it a little too intense to be PG.

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