Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins (Zondervan 2006), 336 pages
This is book one in the Kanner Lake series.
Paige Williams moved to Kanner Lake, Idaho, about a month ago. She found a job right away, but she hasn’t yet found what she really yearns for: friends, a family. She longs for a sister, a friend who will understand, in whom she can confide the secrets of her dark past. When she discovers a dead body, she hides the evidence rather than calling the police; she doesn’t trust police.
In a lot of ways, this was quite an enjoyable read for me. A small town; a mystery; seeing inside the lives of the police chief, the coffee shop owner, and the overeager young newspaper reporter.
I disliked the portrayal of the young reporter. Having worked at newspapers — I’ve been both reporter and editor — and studied journalism, I felt that the characterization leaned too heavily on the all-too-common reporters are evil crutch. I found the character of Leslie seemed to conform to conservatism’s idea that the news media is entirely corrupt and not to be trusted. Indeed, even if that wasn’t the basis for the characterization, Leslie’s character in the book certainly supports such a belief. For the record, not all reporters are self-seeking. Not all reporters will do anything for a story. Not all reporters eagerly step on anyone and everyone they need to just to get ahead. I would even go so far as to say this is not the norm, especially at a small-town paper.
A perfectly fine, fun thriller. I enjoyed reading it. It was a quick read.
My review of Dark Pursuit (2008) — which I liked better than Violet Dawn. Still, I’ll likely read the rest of the books in the Kanner Lake series.
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