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A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, have plenty to think about.

Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out.

If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

©2012 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2014 Julie C. Gilbert

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An exciting Christian mystery

In The Collins Case by Julie C. Gilbert, Dr. Rachel Collins is busy putting away her groceries when a stranger sneaks up on her and orders her to cooperate, or her two children, 3-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Jason, will suffer. The man gives Rachel an injection that knocks her out, and she wakes up the next day in the Cora Compound in Stanley County, South Dakota. Meanwhile, Rachel's husband, Chris, also Dr. Collins, comes home after a long day at the hospital to find his family missing. He starts to call his cop friend, but hangs up almost immediately. Right then his phone rings, and a voice he hasn't heard for years tells him that if he doesn't meet the man on the Brooklyn Bridge, Chris's family will suffer. So Chris blows up his house and disappears.

Monday morning Ann Davidson goes into her job at the FBI, where her partner, Patrick Duncan, shows her a newspaper article that her college friend, Rachel, has disappeared with her family. So Ann takes off for Pennsylvania for a few days to investigate on her own. But she can't stay long because the man in charge of their unit at the FBI calls an urgent meeting. Someone investigates the biggest attack on the banking system in the U.S., taking anywhere between three cents and $4 from anyone with an online banking account, leading to a multi- billion dollar haul.

The narrative goes back and forth between Ann's perspective and that of Rachel. Both have to rely on both their inner strength and their faith in God. Many Christian fictional books tend to preach or tell the readers that a life following God will now be ideal. But in this book, the Christians live out their faith realistically, struggling to trust God despite not seeing his purpose in the situation. I liked the statement of Ann's thoughts one day, reminding herself that God will avenge, but asking God to allow her just one swing. But the book also shows people who refuse to accept God and his help. Further, we see how Christians don't have a perfect life and that even though Christians have God, that doesn't stop bad things from happening to them. As a Christian who suffers from a severe pain disorder, I can relate to the frustration of not seeing God's purpose in difficult situations, but I also can see the need to trust him, as the characters in this book are forced to do.

The plot of this book moves quickly and excitingly, but it didn't give me the added tension that a typical thriller would do. I found myself getting invested in the story and appreciating the way the book kept us connected to the story and the characters. There were some interesting twists that kept me glued to the book.

The audio version of this book is performed by Kristin Condon. She has a soft, gentle voice that suits this recording well. I did find it annoying that the recording played music at the start of each chapter. I much prefer not to interrupt the flow of the narrator's voice with music or sound effects, as I use my audiobooks to relax, and I don't like the disruption. But Condon's performance was very strong.

The Collins Case was a very interesting book, with great angles to the plot. I do rather suspect a couple details were not fully accurate to real law enforcement, but I can't talk about those without giving away spoilers. I think this book is especially great for Christians, to encourage them in their faith. I'm not sure if non-Christians would find the discussions of faith off-putting, but I suspect that would depend upon the individual reading the book. I really did enjoy this book and give it four stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that had no effect at all on the content of my review.

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To Religiously orientated

book was supposed to be a mystery not a constant religious songs, prayers, devotion.
By several chapters just got tired of it and gave up since there was So much. Wanted a mystery not a sermon.

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The Collins Case

I was in the mood to listen to a mystery and this book was perfect. Julie Gilbert created a storyline that is interesting and characters that are relatable. I was so invested in the story and it was over before I knew it. I will definitely be checking out more of Julie's stories.

Kristin Condon did a fantastic job with the narration. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more of her work.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice Christian Mystery

I loved this story. (As much as I can love a straight mystery. I'm a fantasy gal)
The actually writing quality was a little lacking, but didn't stop the enjoyment.
Ann and Patrick were great characters. I hope they'll be in the next book.
Kristen Condon is once again a brilliant narrator.

I received a free copy from the author. I was not obligated to write a review. All opinions are my own.

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Good clean mystery

My husband and I listen to audio books all the time as we 're retired and travel together doing volunteer work. It's a real delight to find a story that appeals to both of us with an interesting and exciting mystery . It has the added plus of containing Christian values and not containing the "junk" we find offensive. We look forward to reading more stories by this author.

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Maybe I would have enjoyed more if I read it

The narrator had such an unemotional voice that I found myself bored, drifting off in thought and losing track of the story line. I have the book and may go back and read it because of the good reviews. For me, I would not chose another audio book with this narrator

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Christian Intrigue Novel

The Collins Case is the first book of the Heartfelt Cases and a Christian novel. From the surface, the Collins family seemed like the perfect family. Christopher and Rachel are medical doctors with a son, Jason and a daughter, Emily. However, Christopher Collins' is not who said he is and his past has caught up to him and has placed his whole family into danger.

FBI Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson and her partner Patrick Duncan has placed themselves into the Collins Case unofficially. Julie, who is Rachel's best friend, felt that she needed to find out the disappearance of the Collins family after their house has exploded while she and Patrick are put on an internet heist involving million of dollars stolen.

The Collins Case is a very interesting story to listen where Julie Davidson and Rachel Collins have placed their faith in God to help them out of their predicament. Julie is keeping her faith that God will help her to find Rachel. Rachel is praying that God will send someone to rescue her and her two children. This book has some twists and turns that will keep the readers and listeners to guessing of what will happen next in the story.

Kristin Condon, the narrator for the audiobook, sounded flat with her narration. There were no infliction of emotion for the characters even though the story has enough actions and conflict to carry to the end. What is unique about the audiobook is that there are music at the beginning of each chapters. This is the first audiobook with music that I have encountered and find it refreshing.

I was given this audiobook by the author/narrator via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.

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story good ... narrator issues

A decent story but rather predictable...
the narrator had problems with any words ending with "nt". this was a real annoyance to me, but overall, not a bad narrator.

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Christian mystery, great writing!

What made the experience of listening to The Collins Case the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the prayers & trusting in God very inspiring. So little of it is found in writings these days.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the young girl's death was not in vain through her gifts.

Have you listened to any of Kristin Condon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First timer.

Who was the most memorable character of The Collins Case and why?

Ann, the FBI agent is a strong, compassionate woman who relies heavily on God.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free in exchange for a review. Thank you Julie Gilbert!

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 07-23-15

Nice book

I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review. I really enjoyed the narrator of this book. She has a wonderful voice. The story was good too. I tend to shy away from Christian fiction. I am a Christian but the authors tend to go over the top sometimes. But Julie Gilbert was great in incorporating a Christian message without going overboard. The mystery was easy to fallow and you enjoyed the characters. I hope to listen to more in this series.