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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Fiction (May 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310276438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310276432
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #596,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violet E. Nesdoly on July 14 2009
Format: Paperback
Kaycee Raye thinks she has forever rid herself of the paralyzing fear that someone is watching her. But then, after spinning out dozens of therapeutic and fear-conquering "Who's There" columns, her best friend's biggest nightmare comes true. That's all it takes to bring her own anxieties back to malevolent life. Now it seems that even the walls of her once-snug home have sprouted eyes. It doesn't help that other creepy things are happening too - cameras flashing pictures of her when no one is around, mysterious images appearing on her computer...

But before this heroine of Brandilyn Collins' latest suspense thriller Exposure can enlist the help of the police, Hannah, her dead friend's nine-year-old daughter, goes missing. Could the danger she feels be linked with Hannah's disappearance? Or maybe, as everyone seems to think, her mind is just playing tricks on her.

Interspersed between the chapters about stalker-obsessed Kaycee and the search for Hannah is the tale of Martin Giordano, his wife Lorraine and their daughter Tammy. The eventual weaving together of these two story threads is a feat of plotting that does Collins proud in the clever department.

Though plot is the story's strength, Kaycee is a nicely developed character with whom it is easy to identify and sympathize. Martin and Lorraine are also interesting. I especially enjoyed the bit characters Nico and Bear for their pure villainy.

The book is written with true suspense finesse, has lots of nasty surprises, and contains an abundance of pounding heartbeat, sweaty palm and adrenaline-producing passages. (Poor Kaycee - what she has to endure to give us these vicarious thrills and shivers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Toews on June 4 2009
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Brandilyn Collins proves what a master of suspense she is in this new novel EXPOSURE. She not only handles the plot in an innovative treatment, she forces us to face our deepest fears. At one point, when I dozed off as I couldn't put the book down, I had a nightmare (which I can't remember now) that woke me up and I kept reading to the end. The pace never relents, only intensifies as the dangers escalate.

Kaycee Raye writes a syndicated newspaper column that ridicules her own fears, while exploring them. Until she starts seeing things that disappear and the police can't believe her. And then the young runaway daughter of a friend disappears and the child's note indicates she wanted to stay with Kaycee. Are all these incidents related? The fear that she is responsible for young Hannah's possible abduction drives Kaycee to fight her fears and help look for her. I agree with the first reviewer. To go further with the plot is to give away the stunning ending.

Even though EXPOSURE is produced by a Christian publisher, this novel could have been mainstream. Kaycee's experience with God is organic to the story. She prays in "short-tongue" style--according to her quick observation or urgent appeal, more in keeping with how most people pray--and only at the end of her ordeal does she analyze the part God plays in what has happened to her and in the healing process. That too is how most of us experience our relationship with God, whatever our religious belief.

Brandilyn deserves to stand at the top of the podium. This is an outstanding novel that rates five stars PLUS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 3 2009
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Exposure - what does it mean? According to the Webster dictionary it can be exposing a fact or a condition or disclosing something from the past.
The book is quite interesting actually. For about three quarter of the book, I thought that I was following various people who would meet each other at some point. But the more I read, the less they were crossing each other.
In a way, this is what the author did... Brandilyn was able to keep me interested during the whole book. I love suspense book and this was different than the other books I have read so far. There is lots of suspense and action going from the main character to other characters at every chapters of the book. Back and forth, from one chapter to the other, you wonder what will happen to all these character to finally arrive to the conclusion. I won't tell you what is happening but I was surprised and captivated by the conclusion. The epilogue also keeps us wanting for more... and makes me wonder if some day we will see a sequel of this novel.
Also, the author used the town where her own mother lives as a background for the novel. Still in this town you could find Tastebuds with their brick-oven pizzas and old-fashioned soda fountain. If I even go to Wilmore, Kentucky, I'll make sure to visit this place. Sounds delicious don't you think?
In conclusion, this novel is well written and will keep you wondering at every page what will happen and who has done it. I strongly recommend it if you like suspense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2 2011
Format: Paperback
A columnist from a small town starts experiencing some very disturbing events at her home that closely mirror her own worst nightmares. It is not clear if those events are due to her delusional mind, some sick copycat who plays some elaborate joke on her, or genuine supernatural phenomena. Meanwhile a daughter of her friend runs away from home and goes missing. In an unrelated story a bank clerk with severe case of claustrophobia goes through a very harrowing bank-robbery. These three stories don't seem to have much in common, and the reader is kept wondering until the very end what the connection is. This puzzle is the one of the main sources of interest for me in an otherwise rather unremarkable novel. The writing is extremely simplistic even for a hard-boiled crime novel, and characters are very flat. The characters oftentimes do such dumb things that it can be a challenge to maintain the suspension-of-disbelief throughout the novel. The final resolution of the plot did somewhat work out, although even that left me scratching my head about many particulars. The invocation of God in one of the last chapters felt totally gratuitous and unconnected with the rest of the story. I have no problem with intertwining a deeper spiritual or religious message into a story, but this needs to be done with some dose of tact in a meaningful, naturally-flowing way. Otherwise it looks as ridiculous as a top-hat on a hobo.

Despite all of its flaws, this is a decent, readable, book that will keep you interested and can be worthwhile if you have nothing better to read.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Collins Delivers Again May 7 2009
By Jake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kaycee Raye is scared of...well...everything. All of her life she has struggled with paranoia and irrational fears, something she believes was passed down from her troubled mother. Kaycee has found a way to deal with the fear by writing a column that has taken on a life of its own and has turned Kaycee into a household name. Up until now the column has been both fun and therapeutic as she has found a way to connect with readers who share many of the same fears and experiences. Unfortunately for Kaycee, someone out there is watching her and waiting for just the right moment to unleash the greatest fear she has ever known.

To say that Brandilyn Collins is prolific would be an understatement. You would think that a writer who cranks out a novel every few months would sooner or later hit the wall and lose their edge. It's bound to happen right? Guess again. If Collins has proven anything to me it's that she is not only a master of her craft, but there literally seems to be no end to the depth of her talent.

Exposure has many of the elements that we have come to expect from Collins: intensity, tension, high-caliber suspense, and engaging mystery. It's all there and once again works well. We are also treated to a unique story telling device that really propels the narrative along. While I figured out the twist early on, never did the story lose steam in my mind. Collins knows how to grab readers early on and she never gives us a moment to even consider letting go.

Where Brandilyn Collins always excels is her ability to bring us strong spiritual insight through what her characters experience. Many fans will be able to relate and sympathize with Kaycee's struggles in this story and will be moved by her journey to overcome. Collins once again delivers a pulse pounding story that will have you on the edge of your seat and will leave you desperate for more.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
First-rate suspense Jan. 12 2010
By Sherri Rowlands - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I avoid "Christian" fiction because it is usually preachy and characters often depend on God alone to solve all their problems. Not the case here. I ordered this one and "Dark Pursuti" because they were free for the Kindle and sounded interesting. I loved both of them. I will be buying more books by this talented writer. The characters are interesting and though there is an emphasis on prayer in some situations, it is not an uncomfortable emphasis. Just a gentle reminder that God can help if asked. I really liked Ms. Collins style.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
True "Seatbelt Suspense" May 15 2009
By Richard Mabry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brandilyn Collins writes "Seatbelt Suspense," guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. With her latest novel, Exposure, Brandilyn defends her title well. This may be her best suspense novel yet. She's taken some of her own fears and phobias, added a generous mix of others, and invested her protagonist with all of them.

Kaycee Ray writes an advice column for people with fears, and she's successful because she has so many of her own. This book doesn't introduce a dead body in the first chapter--just a photo of one, a photo that appears so mysteriously it almost sends Kaycee off the deep end. The chapters that follow take the reader on a wild roller coaster ride, with each event building suspense. And even the veteran reader of mystery and suspense will be floored by the ending.

Don't read this one in a dark house while you're alone, and prepare to leave a night light burning.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Meh, nothing special May 13 2011
By Labrynth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was hesitant to snag this one because of the "Christian Fiction" label. Happy to report that there were only a handful of preachy moments. Few enough that I would be willing to try another of her books.

That being said....

Honestly? The story had potential, but none of the characters were very likable. Kaycee was just ANNOYING after a while. I understand she has fears, but after a while it just got old. The blending of the two story lines didn't work for me, and I had a good portion of the book figured out before I got to the surprises.

I'd be willing to give the author another go, but I hope she improves with time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid May 12 2009
By Tracy Keck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fears - everyone has them. Some may be rational, some not. But we all have them. In her latest book, "Exposure", by mistress of suspense, Brandilyn Collins, fear is brought to life. This book scared the crud out of me! As usual, Collins is masterful at weaving suspense, drama, tension and twists and turns together in a way that absolutely grips the reader. The pace is fast and it is incredibly difficult to put down.

One of the things that I love so much about Collins' books is the way she crafts the power and faithfulness of God into her stories without being preachy or over-the-top. In "Exposure", she shows us how the power of faith over fear, and good over evil, does triumph in the end. Yes, in fiction and in life, there are boogeymen out there, but the will to survive and the power of Christ can certainly overcome.

"Exposure" is a stand-alone book, not a part of a series (though I could certainly see it becoming one). It is fantastic! Do I recommend it? Yes . . . With a disclaimer:

If you are easily scared or somewhat paranoid, maybe this book isn't for you. For the rest, get it. Read it. With the doors locked. During the day. With the lights on. And be sure you're not alone. Buckle up - it's quite a ride!


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