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352 pages
Apr 2004

Brink of Death

by Brandilyn Collins

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Twelve-year-old Erin Willit awakens to an intruder in her house and witnesses her mother’s violent murder. Seconds before blacking out, Erin locks gazes with the murderer and sees the face she will never forget.

Annie Kingston, neighbor and the mother of Erin’s friend, becomes a comforting presence as Erin is whisked away to the hospital. Annie, a courtroom artist, moved into her father’s home with her daughter and troubled son one month ago to escape the confines of the big city. She never expected the crime to follow her. When Annie is asked to draw a composite, she balks at the suggestion, since she has no experience in forensic art. She finally agrees for Erin’s sake. Erin is shocked at the accuracy of the finished sketch – but no less than Annie. She’s seen the face somewhere before. Could the murderer have gotten the wrong house? If so, she could be the next victim.

This gripping murder mystery thrills from page one. While Annie does play amateur detective a bit as she hovers on the edges of the investigation, her personal struggles are real – the worry of whether she did the sketch properly, the challenges of single parenthood, and her curiosity about the faith of the Willit family. Each of the characters is described in striking detail through their actions and the memories of the first-person narrator, while the third-person sections clearly show the evil of the villain. The spiritual aspect is low in this first book of the series, making the novel accessible to seekers. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book

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The noises, faint, fleeting, whispered into her consciousness like wraiths passing in the night.

Twelve-year-old Erin Willit opened her eyes to darkness lit only by the dim green nightlight near her closet door and the faint glow of a street lamp through her front window. She felt her forehead wrinkle, the fingers of one hand curl as she tried to discern what had awakened her.

Something was not right . . .

Annie Kingston moves to Grove Landing for safety and quiet—and comes face to face with evil.

When neighbor Lisa Willet is killed by an intruder in her home, Sheriff’s detectives are left with little evidence. Lisa’s daughter, Erin, saw the killer, but she’s too traumatized to give a description. The detectives grow desperate.

Because of her background in art, Annie is asked to question Erin and draw a composite. But Annie knows little about forensic art or the sensitive interview process. A nonbeliever, she finds herself begging God for help. What if her lack of experience leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face that doesn’t exist.

Leaving the real killer free to stalk the neighborhood . . .