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 ›
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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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