Title:  Sidetracked
Author:  Brandilyn Collins
Pages:  301
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Challow Press in partnership with Christian Writers Guild Publishing
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from the author via
Brandilyn Collins does it again!  She has mastered the suspense genre and shows her expertise in Sidetracked.  With the clever use of flashback, readers get the history and background of Delanie Miller, the main character in the book.  She has settled in the small town of Redbud, Kentucky.  She longs for a man to love, marry and have a family with and seems to have found that man.  She is going home from a good friend’s wedding shower, when she discovers a dead body.  From this point on, she agonizes over whether to get involved in solving the crime or not.  If she becomes known to more than the people of her small town, the chances of her past being exposed increase exponentially.  Is she ready to give up the life she has carved out for herself?  Will her boyfriend understand her lying about her past?  Can she face getting involved with the police again?  Can she let an innocent person suffer for a crime he didn’t commit?
As the investigation and plot progress, Delanie’s past is put before readers as well as her present.  Readers relive the frustration, anger, unbelief at the lack of justice and bitterness she has experienced as well as deep depression.  Now, forced to face her past instead of burying it deep within puts extreme strain on Delanie’s mind and heart.  She reaches for the only One who can see her through this seemingly impossible situation.  She had turned away from God in bitterness in her past, but her soul eventually cried out for Him.  She began praying and trusting Him again and her life slowly improved.  Can she continue to trust Him with her life or will she again succumb to bitterness at the injustices she has suffered?
This is another great suspense-filled mystery by Brandilyn Collins.  The characters are easy to relate to and their life situations believable.  I loved the eccentric people Delanie collected to be the family she missed out on in the past.  I didn’t give too many details about the story because it would ruin the impact of reading it for yourself.  Don’t miss this great, attention-keeping novel!  I can’t wait for the next one!
My rating is 5 stars.
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