Dead of Night

Title:  Dead of Night (Hidden Faces #3)
Author:  Brandilyn Collins
Pages:  457 (large type edition)
Year:  2005
Publisher:  Thorndike Press (large type)
Annie Kingston is back in this third installment of the Hidden Faces series.  This time she is tasked with drawing lifelike images of the murdered victims of a serial killer.  She also is still dealing with her son’s poor choices and behavior as he gets involved with drug dealers.  Her sister has also moved in with her to help her “babysit” her son.  She has a great deal of stress in her life and realizes the only way she can cope is with prayer.  She has dedicated at least ½ hour every day to reading her Bible and prayer so she can face the day and its challenges.  She also begins to realize her next door neighbor, Dave, is interested in more the friendship.  Is she ready for a relationship when her life has so much chaos?  As the murders become more frequent, Annie learns she knows one of the victims.  The killer is becoming more and more brazen.  Who will be next?  Can Annie do anything to stop this killer?
I couldn’t put this book down.  There was so much suspense, action and mystery in the plot I was hooked from the first page.  Having read the first two books in the series, coming in contact with the same characters again was like meeting old friends.  Annie is now such a strong woman of faith, so much more than she realizes.  I loved the emphasis on the power of prayer, especially as a weapon against evil and in the maturation of the relationship between God and His children.  I would recommend reading the first two books in the series before this one as they serve to introduce the characters in book one and then further develop them in book two.  This was a great book!
My rating is 5 stars.

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