Deceit: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins

Deceit: A Novel
by Brandilyn Collins

(Kindle Edition)

Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it. Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda, his second wife and Joanne's best friend (six years ago). But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member of the town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave well enough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as a professional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars.

Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts, but was she lying? What really happened in that household? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuits of the truth which puts her own life in danger.

Deceit is two stories that are in different times that flow alongside each other. The current day story takes place in just a couple of days, but the back story takes place in the span of several months. The author writes in a way that it isn't confusing to switch back and forth between the two. It begins on a rainy night when a "hooded man" jumps in front of Linda’s car and tells her that he knows Baxter killed Linda and Melissa (the foster daughter) saw him do it, and Melissa knows where Baxter had buried the body. The story takes off from there with Joanne trying to find Melissa and finally getting the truth of what really happened to Linda. This was my first time reading this author, but it definitely won't be my last. This is a great book for people who enjoy a mystery, although religion was referenced throughout, it was written in such a way that anyone would enjoy this book.

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