Kanner Lake doesn't seem to be a place that welcomes newcomers. Dead bodies pop up as often as they do in Cabot Cove, home of Jessica Fletcher. It's sad because the setting of the town seems like it would be the perfect place to settle down no matter what stage of life you are in. The characters in the story really make the novel. I really like hanging out with the crew at Bailey's. I could totally see myself hanging out there, grabbing a cup of coffee and catching up with the local gossip. Collins creates a wonderful blend of small town charm with spine tingling suspense. The actual mystery of the book is very well done. The book delves into topics that are normally shied away from in Christian fiction, as it deals with some slightly paranormal/supernatural subjects. Conservative readers might be wary but for someone who doesn't see that often in CF, I loved it. I myself didn't find it TOO scary but it does make a great page turner.
I really enjoy Collins' writing. She really knows how to create suspense and write a good plot that intrigues the reader without resorting to using language or being too gory. To some readers who are used to the graphic descriptions found in mainstream suspense novels, this book will seem almost like a cozy mystery in comparison. However to readers who are used to clean fiction, this book raises the bar and could be seen as a book that could keep you up at night. The story keeps the reader's attention without having to depend on cliches that are often found in either Christian fiction or mystery and suspense novels. While this is the second book in the series, they can be read as stand alones. Reading the first book will help to understand the characters better but you won't feel lost if you just jump into this one. Overall I'm really enjoying the Kanner Lake series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Violet Dawn was pretty predictable, Coral Moon was not. The murderer is well concealed until the last minute and that makes this book, very, very good. The town of Kanner Lake has begun to settle down and return to its old routine. They're out of the headlines and back to be the sleepy little small town its residents love. But are things really as they appear, or is there an evil lurking in town? A well loved citizen brutally murdered and left in Leslie's … more
Kanner Lake....don't really want to visit, but I sure am enjoying reading about the place. Sounds beautiful, homey, like a slice of traditional America....except for the murders. Nothing like a little murder to totally twist a sweet little tourist spot into a mutated pretzel of doom. At least poor Paige gets to sit this one out. Well kind of. She's at least got other things to think about than the body … more
In book two of the Kanner Lake Series by Brandilyn Collins, a murder and a cryptic message plunge a small resort community in the wilds of northern Idaho into a terrifying encounter with the supernatural. And the solution appears to be one that can't be true ... but must be.