Review: Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins

Published by B&H Publishing Group
Released March 1, 2012
352 pages
Where I got it: E-galley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 stars

The sleepy, small Southern town of Amaryllis, Mississippi has been shaken up by a series of murders. Elderly women have been killed, all the same way, and all left in their closets, giving the serial killer the moniker “The Closet Killer.” Recently, though, he’s broken his trend by killing a young woman. Three women in the town believe they know who the killer is, and all three believe it to be a different man. Now Tully, Cherrie Mae, and Deena will need to team up to do what the police can’t do: solve the case of the Closet Killer.

Gone to Ground is a little out of my usual reading wheelhouse, but I was very glad I took a chance on it.  This was a fun, compelling little mystery, complete with a taste of female empowerment and righteous justice. Told from alternating perspectives of the three main women characters, we slowly are given clues, which alone don’t mean anything. Each of the male suspects seems like he could be guilty, and I was kept guessing as to what really happened to the victims.

Gone to Ground is chalk full of Southern charm, small-town gossip, and the threat of danger right under the surface. This is being described by some as Christian fiction, but I didn’t notice much religion in it, other than the tendency of one of the characters to pray about things. I found the writing to not be preachy in any way, which was a great relief to me. I’d gladly read another mystery by Collins!

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2 Responses to Review: Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins

  1. FABR Steph says:

    I am not sure how I missed this one, but it sounds like my kind of book in many way. I will have to give it a read. Thank you for your review!
    - FABR Steph

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