Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins
"Dark Pursuit’s plot moves from fast to fierce."
Darell Brookes, King of Suspense, probes his car-accident damaged mind for the perfect plot for his one hundredth novel. But his brain refuses to give him more than a few measly paragraphs. Publishers and the adoring public are waiting for his monumental reemergence into the literary world.
In the form of his estranged granddaughter, that perfect plot appears at his security gate. Kaitlan Sering discovered a body on her bed. She’s suspicious her policeman boyfriend is the killer. She assumes after forty-three years of writing thrillers, her grandfather could help protect her and bring the killer to justice.
Rather than going to the authorities, Darell presumes he still has what it takes to outsmart a real killer – especially since Kaitlan’s boyfriend favors an MO out of Darell’s own manuscript. Collins stomps on the accelerator as Darell and the killer predict each other’s movements laying a labyrinth of traps.
Dark Pursuit’s plot moves from fast to fierce. The last few chapters will leave you white-knuckled and breathing hard. It did me, and I live for this genre. Cool relief washed over me when the resolution phase commenced.
Readers on the fence about joining Brandilyn’s Big Honkin’ Chicken Club will be pushed into the poultry pen by this latest thriller. On her author website, Collins rates each of her suspense novels from 1-3 chickens. I’m sorry Brandilyn, but 3 chickens won’t cut it for Dark Pursuit. After reading the whole thing, I’d have to give it a five chicken alarm. The explosive series of scenes at the end have to be some of the best written, most intense I’ve read. Patricia Conrwell’s psycho-thriller, Predator reads flat in comparison and I can’t say I’ve been so riveted to a James Patterson novel.
Need to stay up all night?
Have I got the solution for you. Dark Pursuit. Go chase one down.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.