28 January 2014

Teresa Mathews' Review Of 'Dark Justice' By Brandilyn Collins


Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins

B & H Publishing

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews

5 Stars*****


***Now I know why it's called Seatbelt Suspense***

Since I was first introduced to Brandilyn Collins’ books I have been hooked. So when I found out I had missed this one back in November I was beyond upset and I knew I had to read it ASAP! I am so glad I DID, what a spine-chilling story filled with so many twists and turns you may find yourself holding onto the edge of your seat!

Hannah Shire is a very dutiful daughter taking care of an elderly mother with dementia; she longs for the days when her husband was alive and her mother was well. Wanting to help her mom hold on the present, she takes her to the coast for a weekend getaway. On the return trip she decides on a whim to take the beautiful scenic route home. What a mistake that would be!

Not far into the drive Hannah’s mom calls to her attention an overturned car by the roadside, wanting to be of help, Hannah stops. Finding an elderly man lying a few feet from the car Hannah checks to see if he is ok, concerned when he appears to have difficulty breathing she calls 9-11. While waiting on help to arrive the man uses all of his strength to utter a few words to Hannah and her mom. What he begs them to do and what he secretly slips into Hannah’s pocket will forever change the course of their lives!

Despite being questioned at the scene by the police Hannah doesn't divulge what the man said to her and she is released to go home, once there she discovers a flash drive in her coat pocket. The information she finds on that flash drive doesn't make a lot of sense to her so she calls her daughter to ask her to watch it. What she discovers will have them both terrified and running for their lives not knowing who they can trust to help them!                                                             

Brandilyn Collins has once again created a suspense so consuming I found myself torn between reading it in one setting or stopping to get a few hours sleep. Without giving anything away let me say this plot could very well happen here in the US and that made it that much more terrorizing to me!! Thank you Brandilyn for a most enjoyable although heart-stopping read!!

Bibliotherapy: Brandilyn did a wonderful job describing the effect dementia had on Hannah’s mom. I too have a mom that has dementia and it is very heart-rending to witness your loved one lose their grip on reality.

***Thanks to Net Galley and B & H Publishing for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion!*** 

QUESTION:  Do you know Brandilyn's Tag Line?  Hint: If you "LIKE" her Author's Facebook Page you will find it. Make sure to let me know in your comments.

GIVEAWAY: We are giving away one copy of this wonderful book, if you can find the answer to the question please put it in your comment! Don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you are our lucky winner! International winners e-book only!!  

33 comments:

  1. I have read one or two of Brandilyn's books and I finished them in two evenings--I just couldn't put 'em down! TERESA, your review is fantastic and SOMEHOW I have to squeeze this one in! Would you believe I don't know her tagline and I liked her page long ago! I think I do, but not sure...going to take a look! :P

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    1. DIANA I always fly through BRAUNDILYN's books, they just GRAB YOU and pull you in! lol I think I made it really easy about her TAG-LIINE. It's actually in my review too!! :-) lol

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    2. Not really. I had heard it before but didn't know it was her tagline. :P

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  2. Seatbelt Suspense: Now normally I am not a suspense type of Girl... Loved the Review Teresa ! I may just change my mind with this one ! Dementia and mental illness in story form interests me as I need to write some in the future and seeing how others deal with it and how they write this into their stories will be of great help... but living with someone with it is the best teacher thats for sure. I liked her page and you know i cannot miss a day without you girls, if Diana will keep reminding me to hop on over here... So much to do and so little time !!!
    Love you Teresa and you too Diana !
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. Waving at you LINDA!! :-) Thanks for being a faithful follower and always finding time to come by. I hope you get a chance to read this one since BRANDILYN is a wonderful writer! (((HUGS))) to ya!!

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    2. LINDA, everyone know historicals are my first love, but every once in awhile I crave something different and suspenseful. Brandilyn really does keep you on the edge of your seat...you have to try one of her books! :) Hope you are keeping warm! :)

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    3. I love all kinds of books except fantasy and sometime Time Travel. I fell in love with BRANDILYN's books when I read OVER THE EDGE...written out of her personal encounter with Lyme's Disease. It is a real thriller.

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  3. Seatbelt Suspense®
    I have a couple of Brandilyn's books but I haven't read them yet. They are on my TBR pile.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. CINDI if you like to have your socks knocked off then put BRANDILYN's books closer to the top of the pile! lol Thanks for coming by!!

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  4. I'd love a chance to win this book! Thanks for offering it!
    Susan Snodgrass
    TSL9Snodgrass@aol.com

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    1. Waving at your SUSAN!! :-) Thanks for dropping by!!

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  5. I haven't read Brandilyn Collins, but am already a fan after reading your review, Teresa! I have "liked" her author page and love her tagline, Seatbelt Suspense! I can't wait to buckle up!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi BRITNEY you will absolutely LOVE Brandilyn's books! I haven't read a one that disappointed me! Thanks for coming by! ;-)

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  6. Hi, ladies!

    I have to say that your review is pretty riveting and suspenseful, itself - Teresa! Don't know if my heart could handle the book - but would love to try (LOL)!!

    I haven't read any of Brandilyn's books, and would like to become acquainted with her writing style. I have family members starting to have memory problems, and would love to see how the issue of dementia is handled in "Dark Justice". The book written out of her personal experience with Lyme's Disease, "Over the Edge" sounds interesting also - another subject I would like to learn more about.

    Thanks for a wonderful review, Teresa! And yes, SO many of the book (and movie) plots we used to think were fantasy, are real-life occurrences now. I "liked" Brandilyn's Facebook page, and I'm thinking her tagline is probably "SEATBELT SUSPENSE" - which is an apt tagline, per your review!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
    OWG

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    1. BONNIE you are right...BRANDILYN's known for her SEATBELT SUSPENSE!! What amazing books they are, nothing like a good suspense to get your heart pounding!!

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  7. Havent read any of her books nut seat belt suspense sounds riveting...
    Sounds like a great book
    Most of all though Have a terrific day, God bless you
    Chris Granville
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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    1. CHRIS Seatbelt Suspense does sound riveting doesn't it?? They are are good as it sounds! You won't want to put them down until you have turned the last page!

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  8. Great review, Teresa! Brandilyn is such a talented author!!!

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    1. Thanks CARRIE....you're right she sure is!!

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  9. Brandilyn's tag is "Seatbelt Suspense". And, this book sounds like that fits. Thanks Teresa for the review. Please put my name in the drawing. Sending love to my OWG gals. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hi sweet MAXIE, BRANDILYN's books sure put you on the edge of your seat! They are sooo good!! lol Thanks for coming by and (((BIG HUGS))) to you!! :-)

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  10. Hey TERESA, a very vivid and suspenseful review there! I have actually bought a Brandilyn book for my Kindle out of curiosity as I've never read anything of hers, but I haven't been able to read it yet! I'm so addicted to Historical romance as you know, it's hard to pull away... ;) BUT I am curious and tempted I have to say, especially after reading your review! :)

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    1. SISSY if you start one of hers I know you won't want to put it down. Then you might get hooked on them like I have. :-) There are quite a few I haven't read yet and have put them on my TBR Eiffel Tower of books!!! hehehe

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  11. Hmmmm I guess I might just have to visit amazon today and pick up a copy of Over the Edge ! Thank you for letting me know that it is a great book. I seem to stick to the Historical Fiction as well as Amish Fiction and some Suspense/Romance. Blame Katy Lee, as her book " Warning Signs" hooked me back into some suspense !
    of course I have verged to join the crew with Marylu Tyndall and am enjoying her Swashbuckling Romance ! Which is interesting since it takes place after the war.... One might never know where to find me as my world has changed so book wise in the past year ! Changed for good !!! Cannot miss a really great book ya know or miss coming over to gab with you girls.
    Hugs
    Linda
    Faithful Acres Books
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

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    1. LINDA I love to read a lot of Historicals too but have to throw in a few contemporaries and suspense and of COURSE all the Swashbuckling Romance by ML TYNDALL. That's the name she went by when I first read her books and fell in love with them! Thanks for dropping in again! :-)

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  12. Tagline: Seatbelt Suspense! I would LOVE to read this book. It sounds like it's really good. I've read a few of her books and they are very hard to put down. :)

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    1. JENNIFER thanks for coming by! Hopefully you will get to read this thriller!! Good Luck in the drawing! :-)

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  13. Tagline - Seatbelt Suspense! I'd love to read this book. I have read several of her books before, but not in the last few years. Would love to get back into one :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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  14. I've read a few of her book but didn't know she had a tagline, now i do.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  15. Seatbelt Suspense. I'm a suspense lover so would love to win this book of Brandilyn's.

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    1. forgot my email - ckbarker at gmail dot com

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