Exposure: A Novel Paperback – Apr 23 2009
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From the Back Cover
When your worst fear comes true. Someone is watching Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? Everyone knows she's a little crazy. Kaycee's popular syndicated newspaper column pokes fun at her own paranoia and multiple fears. The police in her small town are well aware she makes money writing of her experiences. Worse yet, she has no proof of the threats. Pictures of a dead man mysteriously appear in her home---then vanish before police arrive. Multisensory images flood Kaycee's mind. Where is all this coming from? Maybe she is going over the edge. High action and psychological suspense collide in this story of terror, twists, and desperate faith. The startling questions surrounding Kaycee pile high. Her descent to answers may prove more than she can survive.
About the Author
Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense™, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
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.
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.
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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What is your worst fear? How would you deal with it if you were forced to face that fear both in your nightmares and in reality?
Exposure by Brandilyn Collins explores such a scenario and is bound to keep its readers bracing themselves at the turn of each page.
A thriller, this book is one of many suspense novels written by Collins. Each novel is what has been termed "seatbelt suspense," because of her ability to take her readers on a veritable thrill ride as the characters are faced with the horrors of crime.
The main character in Exposure, Kaycee Raye is faced with unexplainable fears coming to life. A syndicated columnist, who writes about her fears, she begins having frightening experiences. She believed she had been conquering many of the things she was afraid of, including visiting the dentist.
Now, images of a dead man mysteriously appear on a camera, her computer, in her dreams and in a photograph left in her car.
The nine-year-old daughter of Kaycee's deceased best friend also mysteriously disappears.
She is challenged to stand strong against what some in her small town believe are hallucinations or paranoia. She must try to forget the images and focus on finding her friend's daughter.
The feeling of being watched never fades through Kaycee's search, but she won't let the authorities or her fears stop her from looking for the young girl.
She delays telling local law enforcement officers about the images, wanting them to focus on the search for the little girl. Besides, it is difficult to prove the images even exist.
Officer Mark Burnett, however, begins to believe in Kaycee and the things she has been seeing. He wants to help her.
Exposure also takes its readers through a series of events occurring elsewhere.
Martin, Lorraine and four-year-old Tammy Giordano are caught up in crimes tied to the mob.
Lorraine and Tammy don't know of Martin's involvement in the robbery of the bank where he works. Lorraine also doesn't know what is hidden inside a rental unit at the storage facility she manages.
After Martin's murder, Lorraine is faced with some tough decisions. She and Tammy were, after all, inside the family's apartment when he was shot to death.
She must keep herself and young Tammy safe from the murderer...but, how?
Although I was able to guess how Kaycee's circumstances were tied to those of the Giordano family, I found myself riveted to the book and depriving myself of much needed sleep. I didn't want to put the book down and was held captive, wanting to discover how each chapter played out.
Collins has a way of weaving stories together that compel her readers to explore their own lives, as well as venturing into her frightful scenarios.
She divides her time between the Coeur D' Alene, Idaho area and the California Bay area. She has also recently released a new young adult series with her daughter Amberly.
Exposure is a novel any suspense and mystery enthusiast can enjoy. If you have a thirst for a great thriller, be sure to purchase this novel.
Brandilyn has a BHCC club. Big Honkin' Chickens Club for her friends who are too chicken to read her suspense novels. I have read several of her books. Piece of cake. Who would be afraid to read them? Well 3/4 of the way through Exposure I was afraid I would be joining the BHCCs. Sigh.
I mean what was with Lorraine? Right there on page 209 I wanted to shake her. Get with the program! Get out of there! Don't you know you are in danger? As I write this review my heart is still pounding. As Brandilyn says: Don't forget to breath . . .
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.
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