“When Hannah Shire takes an unexpected detour as a means of taking the road less traveled on her way home with her mother who is suffering from dementia, they are about to get more than either one of them bargained for. As they come upon a car accident, Hannah stops to lend assistance to an elderly man named Morton who appears to have been thrown from the vehicle. While she waits for help to arrive the man utters intangible words that don't make sense to Hannah. Believing he is trying to tell her who she can contact for help with his last affects, the paramedics arrive and whisk Morton to the local hospital. The sheriff at the scene begins to question Hannah and her mother as to what has transpired with Morton before help arrived but Hannah holds back the information about the ramblings Morton provided thinking it doesn't mean anything relevant to helping Morton. Not only that but her mother believes that they are destined to find Morton's family in order to help him and has promised she won't tell anyone. She pleads with Hannah not to disclose this information as a binding promise to Morton. Hannah believes she isn't hurting anyone and wants to ensure her mother won't go through one of her outbursts in front of the sheriff.
However when Hannah and her mother arrive home, two men arrive at her front door identifying themselves as FBI agents and inquire as to what happened to Morton when he had his apparent accident. They inform her that he didn't make it when the paramedics arrived at the hospital due to a stab wound they believe Hannah inflicted on Morton prior to anyone arriving at the scene. Hannah learns that Morton has managed to slip a flash drive into her pocket moments before anyone arrived to help and it's what is on that drive that will soon lead to a manhunt that will put Hannah and her mother at risk while she tries to learn just who is the good guys and who are the real bad guys.
In the latest novel from author Brandilyn Collins, Dark Justice takes readers into a high speed pursuit to try and solve an apparent mystery while avoiding both the local and federal authorities. The chapters toggle back and forth between the actual story and an investigation between Homeland Security and one of the local detectives working on the case. The story would have worked better for me without this addition of the investigation interrupting the actual storyline because it provided too many clues before you got to the actual part of that story. You learn that while the characters lives appear to be in danger, the investigation and subsequent trial that each chapter toggles back and forth through shows you that the characters in the story apparently have saved the day before you even get half way through the book. For me, this just didn't work out well. It's like watching a movie only to have someone tell you how it's going to wind up before you get there.
I received Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and B and H Publishing Group for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This novel falls into the Seatbelt Suspense series and though the premise behind the story is excellent, taken directly from a recent threat into the electrical grid security and instability, I was disappointed by the interruption of the chapters involving the investigation which gave too much of the story away. My recommendation would be to read the main story first and then go back and read the investigation chapters afterward. They are easily identified by the change in font style but also written like you're reading a trial transcript. I think it would make the story work better for the reader to enjoy without knowing the ending ahead of time. I rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and think readers who love a great suspense story with a lot of action would really enjoy this with my recommendations on how to read it without losing the intent of the storyline in the process. ”