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If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back. While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for wha If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back. While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved. The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twenty-seven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well? Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .


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If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back. While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for wha If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back. While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved. The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twenty-seven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well? Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .

30 review for Dark Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Iola

    Hannah Shire and her mother, Carol Ballard, are returning from a weekend away when they come across a car accident. The sole victim, Morton, is injured, mentions his daughter and tells the ladies not to tell anyone—but not to tell them what? Later at home, Hannah finds a flash drive in her pocket, and surmises Morton must have put it there. Later that evening, two FBI agents visit and interview her—but are the really from the FBI? Who can they trust? What follows is a suspenseful chase as the tw Hannah Shire and her mother, Carol Ballard, are returning from a weekend away when they come across a car accident. The sole victim, Morton, is injured, mentions his daughter and tells the ladies not to tell anyone—but not to tell them what? Later at home, Hannah finds a flash drive in her pocket, and surmises Morton must have put it there. Later that evening, two FBI agents visit and interview her—but are the really from the FBI? Who can they trust? What follows is a suspenseful chase as the two women, assisted by Hannah’s daughter, Emily, try and find the solution to the puzzle while evading the FBI and the police before the deadline Emily discovers encrypted in the flash drive. The story flips back and forth between the action in February 2013 (told in the first person by Hannah) and a subsequent Select Committee Investigation into the events of February 2013. This both adds and removes suspense. It adds suspense because it shows that Hannah, Carol and Emily have been caught up in a major event, but I did feel it also took away from some of the suspense because of the very fact it was in the future. The scenario presented in Dark Justice isn’t unique (Firestorm and Digital Winter each had a similar premise), but the approach is different. Hannah is an ordinary person. She’s a widow with an adult daughter, and is the primary caregiver for her mother, who suffers from dementia. On the face of things, there is nothing special about her. But she is hard-working, intelligent and brave, and those qualities come to light as the novel progresses. Carol is a sad and stubborn woman who reminds us of how dementia steals people from us, and Emily is an intelligent and useful addition to the plot. B&H Publishing have announced their intention to withdraw from the Christian fiction market, which leaves authors like Brandilyn Collins without a publisher (I undertand she’s going to self-publish, which is great, because I really enjoy her books). On the other hand, B&H pulling out of the fiction market is good news for Kindle owners, because several of their new and recent releases are on sale for $2.99 or $3.99, so it’s a good opportunity to stock up for your summer reading (or winter reading, for those in the Northern Hemisphere). This is a very good read (although I personally preferred Double Blind), and not recommended for when you are alone in the house or have some pressing deadline that’s going to stop you reading right through to the end. Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Brandilyn Collins at her website. http://www.brandilyncollins.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    Brandilyn Collins is a new to me author, but I have heard lots of amazing things about her books. So when I was given the chance to review her latest release, I jumped at it! I really liked the characters, I especially loved Hannah's mom Carol it was so cool how she kept quoting scripture verses even though she could no longer remember what book of The Bible they were from. I liked Hannah, and even though there were times that I got a little annoyed with some of the things she did that seemed to Brandilyn Collins is a new to me author, but I have heard lots of amazing things about her books. So when I was given the chance to review her latest release, I jumped at it! I really liked the characters, I especially loved Hannah's mom Carol it was so cool how she kept quoting scripture verses even though she could no longer remember what book of The Bible they were from. I liked Hannah, and even though there were times that I got a little annoyed with some of the things she did that seemed to me like kind of stupid things to do when there people after you, but I also understood that the author did it because real people sometimes do dumb things without thinking, so that did give the story a very realistic feel. I liked the way this story was told, mainly from Hannah's perspective in first person but also from her daughter Emily's and the villains perspectives which were told in third person, this was a really neat way to write the story! The suspense was very good, many things in this book surprised me, including who was working with the villains! And I loved the ending!!! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself hating to put it down! I very much look forward to reading more of this author's books in the future! I highly recommend Dark Justice if you enjoy Christian suspense stories in which not everything is as it appears!!!  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via CFBA in exchange for an honest review. The above is my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Dark Justice was a great suspense novel. Not a lot (if any) romance and I really appreciated that, as sometimes I just want that type of story. I liked the characters and that it was about three generations of women (not often you find that in a book!). I liked how the story alternated between timelines (it would jump ahead to after the fact and then go back to the events as they occurred.) The concept of the book was quite scary. It reminded me a little bit of Terri Blackstock's "Restoration" ser Dark Justice was a great suspense novel. Not a lot (if any) romance and I really appreciated that, as sometimes I just want that type of story. I liked the characters and that it was about three generations of women (not often you find that in a book!). I liked how the story alternated between timelines (it would jump ahead to after the fact and then go back to the events as they occurred.) The concept of the book was quite scary. It reminded me a little bit of Terri Blackstock's "Restoration" series, so if you enjoyed those books, I think you'll also like Dark Justice. All in all, a very good read that held my attention and I flew through it. I definitely recommend!! *I received this book for free for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. If I didn't like this book, I would say so.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    KarenK

    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. For me, this book wasn't a whodunit but more of a whydunnit. Hannah, her mom Carol, daughter Emily, to uncover and stop the rascals who are planning to take out the electric grid and plunge America into darkness. That's it. That's all the book is about. I had a lot of trouble getting into the story, believing the characters, ... most of all ... believing the story and the characters. 3 star out of 5 I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. For me, this book wasn't a whodunit but more of a whydunnit. Hannah, her mom Carol, daughter Emily, to uncover and stop the rascals who are planning to take out the electric grid and plunge America into darkness. That's it. That's all the book is about. I had a lot of trouble getting into the story, believing the characters, ... most of all ... believing the story and the characters. 3 star out of 5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becka

    Brandilyn Collins is a solid writer, and I appreciate the way in which she weaves faith throughout her novels. The novel was reminiscent of a Hitchcock film. I wanted to relate to the main character but her failure to be honest with law enforcement created too much of a disconnect for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    When Hannah Shire takes an unexpected detour as a means of taking the road less traveled on her way home with her mother who is suffering from dementia, they are about to get more than either one of them bargained for. As they come upon a car accident, Hannah stops to lend assistance to an elderly man named Morton who appears to have been thrown from the vehicle. While she waits for help to arrive the man utters intangible words that don't make sense to Hannah. Believing he is trying to tell her When Hannah Shire takes an unexpected detour as a means of taking the road less traveled on her way home with her mother who is suffering from dementia, they are about to get more than either one of them bargained for. As they come upon a car accident, Hannah stops to lend assistance to an elderly man named Morton who appears to have been thrown from the vehicle. While she waits for help to arrive the man utters intangible words that don't make sense to Hannah. Believing he is trying to tell her who she can contact for help with his last affects, the paramedics arrive and whisk Morton to the local hospital. The sheriff at the scene begins to question Hannah and her mother as to what has transpired with Morton before help arrived but Hannah holds back the information about the ramblings Morton provided thinking it doesn't mean anything relevant to helping Morton. Not only that but her mother believes that they are destined to find Morton's family in order to help him and has promised she won't tell anyone. She pleads with Hannah not to disclose this information as a binding promise to Morton. Hannah believes she isn't hurting anyone and wants to ensure her mother won't go through one of her outbursts in front of the sheriff. However when Hannah and her mother arrive home, two men arrive at her front door identifying themselves as FBI agents and inquire as to what happened to Morton when he had his apparent accident. They inform her that he didn't make it when the paramedics arrived at the hospital due to a stab wound they believe Hannah inflicted on Morton prior to anyone arriving at the scene. Hannah learns that Morton has managed to slip a flash drive into her pocket moments before anyone arrived to help and it's what is on that drive that will soon lead to a manhunt that will put Hannah and her mother at risk while she tries to learn just who is the good guys and who are the real bad guys. In the latest novel from author Brandilyn Collins, Dark Justice takes readers into a high speed pursuit to try and solve an apparent mystery while avoiding both the local and federal authorities. The chapters toggle back and forth between the actual story and an investigation between Homeland Security and one of the local detectives working on the case. The story would have worked better for me without this addition of the investigation interrupting the actual storyline because it provided too many clues before you got to the actual part of that story. You learn that while the characters lives appear to be in danger, the investigation and subsequent trial that each chapter toggles back and forth through shows you that the characters in the story apparently have saved the day before you even get half way through the book. For me, this just didn't work out well. It's like watching a movie only to have someone tell you how it's going to wind up before you get there. I received Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and B and H Publishing Group for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This novel falls into the Seatbelt Suspense series and though the premise behind the story is excellent, taken directly from a recent threat into the electrical grid security and instability, I was disappointed by the interruption of the chapters involving the investigation which gave too much of the story away. My recommendation would be to read the main story first and then go back and read the investigation chapters afterward. They are easily identified by the change in font style but also written like you're reading a trial transcript. I think it would make the story work better for the reader to enjoy without knowing the ending ahead of time. I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and think readers who love a great suspense story with a lot of action would really enjoy this with my recommendations on how to read it without losing the intent of the storyline in the process.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stella Potts

    Brandilyn Collins really lived up to her reputation for seatbelt suspense n this one. After witnessing the aftermath of an accident Hannah Shire and her mother is on the run. Problem is she can't trust anyone even the police and she is running out of places to hide. This one will keep you guessing about who is the bad guys right up to the end. I can always recommend Collins books because suspense fans will not be disappointed. I received this book from a friend. All opinions are my own. Brandilyn Collins really lived up to her reputation for seatbelt suspense n this one. After witnessing the aftermath of an accident Hannah Shire and her mother is on the run. Problem is she can't trust anyone even the police and she is running out of places to hide. This one will keep you guessing about who is the bad guys right up to the end. I can always recommend Collins books because suspense fans will not be disappointed. I received this book from a friend. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    Hannah Shire—together with her elderly mother who is suffering from dementia—drives home after a weekend stay at a hotel. Beside the road they spot a car on its side and a man lying on the ground next to it. As a doctor’s assistant, Hannah rushes to his side. With his last breath, the man is trying to tell her something and fumbles with her coat pocket. Hannah cannot make any sense of the words the man is saying, but she understands not to tell anyone. So she does not say anything to the sheriff Hannah Shire—together with her elderly mother who is suffering from dementia—drives home after a weekend stay at a hotel. Beside the road they spot a car on its side and a man lying on the ground next to it. As a doctor’s assistant, Hannah rushes to his side. With his last breath, the man is trying to tell her something and fumbles with her coat pocket. Hannah cannot make any sense of the words the man is saying, but she understands not to tell anyone. So she does not say anything to the sheriff. Back home she finds a flash stick in her pocket and when she checks to see what is on it, there is a video that shows some sort of machine—but Hannah does not understand what is happening in the video. A short time later two FBI agents knock on Hannah’s door and demand to know what the dying man has told her. She finds the agents intimidating and rude, therefore she does not want to tell them anything. But she has already said she has a flash stick and regrets that the words slipped past her lips. When the agents leave, Hannah gives them a copy of the flash stick and keeps the original. Shortly after she learns that the FBI agents were fake, and when one of them returns at night with a gun, Hannah knows she must run for her life. She leaves in the middle of the night, taking her eldery mother with her. They drive for hours—not knowing where to go. Hannah’s daughter gets involved too and also has to run for her life. As the hours slip by, they seem to understand a bit more of what is going on, but they also do not understand anything at all. Who are the Bad Guys chasing them? Who can be trusted? Where to go? Can three women save America from disaster? As usual Brandilyn Collins penned a highly suspenseful tale that kept me on the edge of my seat! *Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet Sketchley

    When Hannah Shire and her elderly mother stop on a deserted road to assist the victim of a car crash, they're pulled into a terrorist plot to take down the entire US power grid and send the country into darkness. The victim passes on a message—and a warning not to tell anyone, even the police. With no idea what's at stake or who to trust or what the message means, Hannah and her mother, Carol, are soon on the run. She tries to keep her daughter Emily out of it, but all the three are in danger. The When Hannah Shire and her elderly mother stop on a deserted road to assist the victim of a car crash, they're pulled into a terrorist plot to take down the entire US power grid and send the country into darkness. The victim passes on a message—and a warning not to tell anyone, even the police. With no idea what's at stake or who to trust or what the message means, Hannah and her mother, Carol, are soon on the run. She tries to keep her daughter Emily out of it, but all the three are in danger. The story is told in the first person from Hannah's point of view, interspersed with portions of a hearing taking place after the fact, investigating police handling of the events. This builds the suspense and allows the reader access to information that Hannah doesn't have. Dark Justice is a high-stakes terrorist thriller, made more gripping because of the ordinary women protagonists. Hannah misses her dead husband. She's not used to handling everything alone, and the strain of caring for a mother with dementia has her near breaking before the story even opens. Brandilyn Collins does an excellent job crafting Hannah's increasing strain and paranoia while keeping reader sympathy. The pairing of vulnerable characters with the high-stakes threat makes the threat that much more real in readers' minds. This sort of attack could actually happen, and odds are that real-life people wouldn't be able to stop it. (Does that mean Hannah, Carol and Emily succeed? I won't tell.) Best-selling author Brandilyn Collins is known for her Seatbelt Suspense® fiction. Dark Justice is her most recent release, available in paperback and e-book formats. For more about the author and her other books, visit her website. [Review copy from my personal library.]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)

    Dark Justice By Brandilyn Collins Completed 6-19-14 What a roller coaster ride! I flew through this book, eating up the pages. Although I have read her YA book Always Watching, I had not previously read any other Brandilyn Collins’ books. This book was different from most of the Christian Suspense books I usually read. I am use to getting the police's perspective on a case. There were times, when I paused to think about it, that I really wanted to see the police’s perspective! But then I would get r Dark Justice By Brandilyn Collins Completed 6-19-14 What a roller coaster ride! I flew through this book, eating up the pages. Although I have read her YA book Always Watching, I had not previously read any other Brandilyn Collins’ books. This book was different from most of the Christian Suspense books I usually read. I am use to getting the police's perspective on a case. There were times, when I paused to think about it, that I really wanted to see the police’s perspective! But then I would get right back into the story and be sucked away again. I loved how the court transcripts from the trial that took place months later was interwoven into the story. It definitely helped the reader gain a broader picture of the situation. I will say there were times I did not agree with Hannah or Emily's actions. I understand that it was hard for them to make decisions or know who to trust, but sometimes I was simply frustrated at them. I would have done things differently! But of course, I am not the one in immediate danger. Who knows what I would do if I was really in their shoes… Overall it was an enjoyable read. It really kept me guessing and there were times I did not know who to trust! I will be on the lookout for more Brandilyn Collins books!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Do you love reading mystery novels ? Finding yourself deep in conspiracies and theories ? As a fan of crime shows , I love my mystery fiction and one of my favourite Edgy Christian authors is Brandilyn Collins. It started off with a scenic ride home for Hannah and her mother along the coast and then turned into the ride of a lifetime filled with murder, mystery, intrigue as they came across a man lying on the side of the road . Being Good Samaritans, they stopped not knowing that the simple act Do you love reading mystery novels ? Finding yourself deep in conspiracies and theories ? As a fan of crime shows , I love my mystery fiction and one of my favourite Edgy Christian authors is Brandilyn Collins. It started off with a scenic ride home for Hannah and her mother along the coast and then turned into the ride of a lifetime filled with murder, mystery, intrigue as they came across a man lying on the side of the road . Being Good Samaritans, they stopped not knowing that the simple act of stopping would have them running for their lives as the man was murdered happened to be wanted by a number of people and right now Hannah and her mother who is suffering from Dementia are near the top of the suspect list. What will happen when a simple last request from a dying man has Hannah and her mother uncovering a terrorist attack ? Filled with intrigue, murder, mystery and court transcripts throughout the pages. Brandilyn Collins's new book "Dark Justice" is the perfect read for all those who love thrillers and judging by how quickly and popular the crime section at Greerton Library is currently , I am sure that this will be one book that will get snapped up pretty quickly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janna Ryan

    My favorite book of Brandilyn Collins is Deadly Exposure. Hands down. Until now... kind of. I think this book holds a tight 2nd place spot to Deadly Exposure in my book. It grabbed my attention IMMEDIATELY and I was finished in about 24 hours. It called for me to put my life on hold while I followed Hannah as she tries to determine who the "Bad People" and the "Good People" are all the while she is most importantly trying to keep her elderly mother and her daughter safe as she unravels the myste My favorite book of Brandilyn Collins is Deadly Exposure. Hands down. Until now... kind of. I think this book holds a tight 2nd place spot to Deadly Exposure in my book. It grabbed my attention IMMEDIATELY and I was finished in about 24 hours. It called for me to put my life on hold while I followed Hannah as she tries to determine who the "Bad People" and the "Good People" are all the while she is most importantly trying to keep her elderly mother and her daughter safe as she unravels the mysterious video she is given from a dying man. It becomes harder and harder to do all of those things at the same time that everyone in the country thinks you are a murderer as bodies pile up and the police are looking for you. To top it off, there is a deadline on solving the mystery or the whole country could go black. No power. Chaos. Turmoil. Destruction. Definitely a deadline. The great thing about this book is that we keep going back and forth from present time to the action that occurred on the two days that changes Hannah's life. And when it's over, it doesn't end like you think, but it ends right. Very excellent!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK This is my first book by Brandilyn Collins and I was amazed! Wow, I loved it. I was shaking in my shoes part of the time as I read this book! The characters and awesome, the story is very well written, and it gives readers a lot to think about. What if this really did happen in our life today? That would be scary! If you love thrillers, then this book is a must for you! grab your copy today for the thrill of a lifetime! I received this book from CFBA to read and review. I MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK This is my first book by Brandilyn Collins and I was amazed! Wow, I loved it. I was shaking in my shoes part of the time as I read this book! The characters and awesome, the story is very well written, and it gives readers a lot to think about. What if this really did happen in our life today? That would be scary! If you love thrillers, then this book is a must for you! grab your copy today for the thrill of a lifetime! I received this book from CFBA to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    What would we do if terrorists managed to shut down the entire electrical grid? From the back cover - "...Hannah Shire and her aging mother, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident...soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they 'know'" Hannah is not sure just who she can trust so must flee with her confused mother, who suffers from dementia, and also worry about her grown daughter who could also be in danger. This is the third of Ms. Collins' books I have read and defini What would we do if terrorists managed to shut down the entire electrical grid? From the back cover - "...Hannah Shire and her aging mother, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident...soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they 'know'" Hannah is not sure just who she can trust so must flee with her confused mother, who suffers from dementia, and also worry about her grown daughter who could also be in danger. This is the third of Ms. Collins' books I have read and definitely recommend her to anyone who likes to read mystery/suspense/thriller books with a Christian aspect.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed this book, especially the fact that the heroine was older and her side-kick was elderly. It was a nice twist to the usual suspense. The premise for this book was intriguing and makes you wonder if it could really happen. Brandilyn Collins is known for her past-faced suspense, and this book doesn't disappoint. I enjoyed this book, especially the fact that the heroine was older and her side-kick was elderly. It was a nice twist to the usual suspense. The premise for this book was intriguing and makes you wonder if it could really happen. Brandilyn Collins is known for her past-faced suspense, and this book doesn't disappoint.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    OK, this book is really good and really scary!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara Jane Kehler

    ***Spoiler at bottom of review*** I'm looking at the 4-star rating I just gave this book, and I'm wondering: why? Why 4 stars? Was the book that good? No. I've read better; but "Dark Justice" delivered exactly what I was expecting when I saw the front cover and read the back blurb. Delivering exactly what the customer was hoping for? I'd say that's worth 4 stars. "Dark Justice" is a perfectly paced thriller. Short paragraphs and a dialogue-driven plot had me eagerly turning page after page. I also ***Spoiler at bottom of review*** I'm looking at the 4-star rating I just gave this book, and I'm wondering: why? Why 4 stars? Was the book that good? No. I've read better; but "Dark Justice" delivered exactly what I was expecting when I saw the front cover and read the back blurb. Delivering exactly what the customer was hoping for? I'd say that's worth 4 stars. "Dark Justice" is a perfectly paced thriller. Short paragraphs and a dialogue-driven plot had me eagerly turning page after page. I also enjoyed how Bandilyn Collins mixed in several flash-forward excerpts from investigative questioning that takes place months after the novel's main crisis. These intriguing scenes add variety to the main characters' scenes where they're constantly struggling to survive. There are three heroes in this book, and they’re all women from the same family. As such, I think the author wanted me to love them all. Yet, my favorite characters were Hannah and her elderly mom, who suffers from dementia. Their relationship is sweet, real, and adds a challenging twist to the plot. I especially liked Hannah's mom. She is delightful and brings light into a dark plot. The third hero – Emily, Hannah’s daughter – was a less believable character for me. She seemed like a convenient character added to make the plot plausible. Since she didn’t leave any meaningful impression on me, Emily became this vague, uninteresting shadow in the corner of my brain who dutifully, but boringly, played her roll while I read. Sorry, Emily. I just didn’t get you. To sum it up: Although "Dark Justice" isn't a deep-thinking, introspective, life-pondering read, it is suspenseful, clean, and entertaining. A worthy read. *Spoiler Alert* If you’re a parent looking for clean books for your kids, I would feel quite safe recommending this novel for children ages 11 and up. You may wish to know that its plot does include several deaths and some blood, although there is no gore. And the main characters lie when they feel they have no other choice, which may be a concern to some parents.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Edward Arrington

    As the story opens, Hannah and her mother are headed home from a weekend trip. Taking a side road just to see more of the scenery, they come upon an accident and stop to help a man who appears to have been thrown from his car. Suddenly from a leisurely weekend, they are thrown into heart-pounding suspense that doesn’t quit until the end of the book. The mother has dementia, so she keeps Hannah on her toes. I simply cannot imagine being in her situation, trying to do what’s right but not knowing As the story opens, Hannah and her mother are headed home from a weekend trip. Taking a side road just to see more of the scenery, they come upon an accident and stop to help a man who appears to have been thrown from his car. Suddenly from a leisurely weekend, they are thrown into heart-pounding suspense that doesn’t quit until the end of the book. The mother has dementia, so she keeps Hannah on her toes. I simply cannot imagine being in her situation, trying to do what’s right but not knowing who to trust and trying above all else to keep her mother safe. Just trying to share enough without giving away the story blows my mind. Hannah, her mother, her daughter, the police, and everyone else are racing against time whether or not they know it. Although Carol, Hannah’s mother, has trouble remembering what she did ten minutes ago, I enjoyed her use of Bible verses she learned as a child. Somehow the verses would emerge out of the fogginess in her brain right at a time they were needed. The huge lesson from this story is that we need to trust God in all things. He knows what we are facing and is in control even when it seems our entire lives are spinning out of control.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    I am giving this three stars, but not for lack of a good story. The story throughout this novel is thrilling & exciting & honestly, scary realistic at the potential a situation like this could actually occur. The characters were interesting & I did not correctly guess one of the "bad people", which are all pluses in my book. I also REALLY enjoyed the main character having to juggle running for her life, figuring out a crime, AND all while caring for a mother with dementia. Those parts were incre I am giving this three stars, but not for lack of a good story. The story throughout this novel is thrilling & exciting & honestly, scary realistic at the potential a situation like this could actually occur. The characters were interesting & I did not correctly guess one of the "bad people", which are all pluses in my book. I also REALLY enjoyed the main character having to juggle running for her life, figuring out a crime, AND all while caring for a mother with dementia. Those parts were incredibly well thought out- so much so I could feel the pain & frustration some of these situations caused. With all that being said though, I couldn't get over some errors I read throughout- the biggest one being a sort of lapse of time in one of the "interview" sections. Everything has been pointing to the year being 2013 & then all of a sudden we are talking about 2012? It was a bit confusing & out of place & more than likely an error, but an error that was super distracting to me. If you can look past that though, this really is a great story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dawn

    This was an ok book. It switches back and forth between events and a testimony of events. I wasn't overly fond of that but the story still was good. Hannah is given something by a dying man who is trying to stop something terrible. This puts her, her mother (who has mental problems), and her daughter in terrible danger. There is action, family love and plenty of bad guys! It wasn't a bad story, I just didn't connect with it like I had hoped I would. I liked the daughter and the aunt but not so m This was an ok book. It switches back and forth between events and a testimony of events. I wasn't overly fond of that but the story still was good. Hannah is given something by a dying man who is trying to stop something terrible. This puts her, her mother (who has mental problems), and her daughter in terrible danger. There is action, family love and plenty of bad guys! It wasn't a bad story, I just didn't connect with it like I had hoped I would. I liked the daughter and the aunt but not so much most of the other characters. It was a 3/5 for me. I will read another by this author because I generally enjoy her books! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annalore von Friedmann

    Awesome book! Brandylin Collins has woven another powerful tale with such finess. Her writing is compelling, masterfully written. This is a story of three ladies thrust into a series of events that would not only change their lives, but those of nearly the while nation. Who of us thinks that a terrorist attack will happen and that we might be--if unwilling--a part of it? Yet we've all seen just how quickly our world--indeed, the entire planet Earth--can change in nearly an instant with COVID-19. Awesome book! Brandylin Collins has woven another powerful tale with such finess. Her writing is compelling, masterfully written. This is a story of three ladies thrust into a series of events that would not only change their lives, but those of nearly the while nation. Who of us thinks that a terrorist attack will happen and that we might be--if unwilling--a part of it? Yet we've all seen just how quickly our world--indeed, the entire planet Earth--can change in nearly an instant with COVID-19. The events in this novel outline what an attack on our contry's power grid would do to our nation. It's not out of the realms of possibility. I heartily applaud Collins' "seat belt suspense" novel Dark Justice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    Another fast tracked thriller Brandyn Collins takes the reader into her story from the very first page and the action is nonstop till the end of the book. Who is with the terrorists and who is trying to save the nation? Is there a mole in the police station? I finished in two days, it was very down.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann Peachman Stewart

    Random small decisions can change our lives. While driving home with her aging mother who suffered from dementia, Hannah Shire chose a rural road over a highway. That set off a series of events which are the plot of this fast-moving thriller.A good and exciting read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Suspenseful read! But good! Easy to get into, starts into action right from the start! True strength of a mother & daughters bond of three generations! Would make a good movie haha! Finished within 24 hours because I definitely wanted to know what happened next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This is a very exciting plot involving a terrorist organization trying to create chaos. It is fast moving and tense, not predictable or boring, that’s for sure. I highly recommend it. Brandilyn Collins knows how to write a great thriller.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Excellent This book kept my attention and I had to finish it all in one day. Loved the scripture references! I recommend this book to everyone.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    As I read this I was thinking to myself that I didn’t like this book and I was disappointed. Then Brandilyn did her magic and the story line sucked me in.

  28. 4 out of 5

    S.K.

    I was hooked and I am very excited to read another Brandilyn Collins soon. Great read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Loved all the action and the story line.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real. i would highly recommend this author and this book.

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