About the Book:
Joanne Weeks knows that Baxter Jackson killed his wife seven years ago—but the church elder still walks the streets a free man. Drawing on her investigative skills, Joanne is determined to bring Jackson to justice. Can she track down the only person who can put him behind bars—a woman who disappeared after the murder? 352 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Brandilyn Collins delivers another Seatbelt Suspense novel with Deceit. This is the eighth book I’ve read by Brandilyn Collins and again she delivers a fast paced story with great characters. Joanne knew in her heart that her best friend, Linda, was killed by town’s most popular citizen and her husband. When a mysterious stranger encourages her to search out the truth she couldn’t resist. Driven by guilt and I think some revenge she uses her skills as a skip tracer to find the only witness the foster daughter that came to the Jackson home shortly before Linda’s disappearance.
The characters are solid. Joanne is a woman of principles. She has believes her best friend was murdered by her husband and she wants to prove it. She may not have always gone about it the right way and her mistakes had consequences. She is not perfect she makes mistakes in judgment and we see her struggle with her faith. I don’t want to say a lot about Baxter Jackson other than he is the “perfect” for his “role” in the book.
The supporting characters are good, however, you don’t get to know most of them very well, as the primary focus was on Joanne.
Although, I enjoyed this book (a lot!) I think I enjoy her serials the best. In the serials there is the ability to develop the characters over the course of time. You don’t get that in a stand alone novel.
This is a great book for people who enjoy a mystery that is well written and fast paced. There are some twists along the way, but I wasn’t caught by surprise this time. Still an excellent read!
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My thanks to Brandilyn Collins for the opportunity to read and review this book.