When you picture a charming Southern town, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Small diners, serving excellent food, maybe a farm or two on the outskirts of town, perhaps a Bed and Breakfast located in an 18th or 19th Century house? Certainly murder is the last thing to come to mind, right?
Well, in this book, Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins, murder is a defining characteristic of the town of Amaryllis, Mississippi. With 5 unsolved murders — all women — within 3 years, and a mysterious 6th having taken place as the book begins, death seems to haunt the town named after the poisonous Amaryllis flower.
I won’t give away the ending, but the main plot points involve 3 different women, all of whom think that they know who the killer is. Each suspects a different man, although only one can be correct. The person who actually committed the crimes is revealed at the end, and it certainly wasn’t who I thought it was.
Gone to Ground is written in a different fashion from the suspense novels of Dean Koontz and John Grisham. I think the difference is that it’s written by a woman, and from a woman’s point of view. This makes it infinitely more entertaining and highly detailed. Honestly, I couldn’t put the book down and read it over the course of three days. I definitely recommend picking it up if you like your suspense novels full of realistic characters and well-written scenerios.
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