"Chillingly horrifying tale!"
Even though she could feel a migraine coming on, Brenna
Collins stayed at work to get some more work done. When she
hears gunfire right outside her door, Brenna never realizes
she just begun the fight for her life. After all the noise
ends, terrified, Brenna decides to leave the building and
get to the police. Unfortunately for her, the killer is not
yet gone, and it's not just any killer, it's the Gemini
Killer—a murderer who kills one male twin—and during her
flight, she manages to see his face. For some reason, he
doesn't kill her. Surprising since the Gemini Killer never
When the homicide detective shows up to interview Brenna,
she is shocked for he is none other than the Gemini Killer.
Now truly terrified, Brenna packs everything up, empties
her bank account and moves to Florida. Immersed in her new
life in Florida, Brenna is finally beginning to feel
comfortable. She's even got a date this weekend. All that
ends when she receives a phone call from the Gemini Killer.
Well, almost all of it. Brenna does go on the date with the
man and against everything she believes in, she even sleeps
with him. The next day, she has a confrontation with the
Killer and once again, just manages to escape him. So once
again, Brenna hits the road and goes up north. Only this
time, she changes her name when she settles down.
Will Brenna ever be free of the Gemini Killer? Will he
follow her everywhere she goes until he finally kills her?
How could a homicide detective be a serial killer?
TAKEN BY THE WIND is one of those stories that will keep
you up nights. Charlotte Boyett-Compo is incomparable when
it comes to spine-tingling terror and getting into the mind
of someone truly evil. Brenna is a very strong woman and
does what she has to in order to survive. Not many people
would move as often she does to escape a killer. I did not
see that ending coming at all. Truly a wonderful thriller
and one I won't forget for a long, long, long while.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 18, 2010
Brenna Collins shouldn't have worked late that night. She was exhausted, had the migraine from hell slamming inside her head, and she was nowhere near being finished.
While sitting alone at her desk, she hears what she realizes is gunfire in the hallway beyond her office. Going out to investigate when she believes the coast is clear, she finds her boss with a bullet hole between his eyes. If that isn't enough to scare Brenna's migraine away, a man shouting at her, chasing her to the elevator should be. Trapped in the elevator as the door tries to close, she finds herself looking into the eyes of the murderer—a man with killer good looks and a gun pointed straight at her heart.
What begins is a complex cat and mouse game that has Brenna running for her life to Florida, to Georgia, to Upstate New York—all the while being pursued by a relentless killer who refuses to let her escape him. A master of disguise—so good even his mother wouldn't recognize him—the Gemini Killer will catch up to Brenna many times and he will make sure she never forgets him.
Note: This is an expanded and revised novel previously published elsewhere.