Saturday, February 22, 2014

Shadows of the Past - Patricia Bradley

Genre: Books; Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 02/04/2014
Rating: 5 out of 5 Near Perfect

PROS: Super fast read, excellent research, believable story-line

CONS: none

Shadows of the Past, book 1 of the Logan Point Series, takes place in Logan Point, Mississippi. Psychology professor Taylor Martin, also a criminal profiler, is one of the best in her field. Solving crimes comes easy to her, but there is one that she has never been able to figure out...whatever happened in the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. She was so young at the time he went missing, but slowly the memories are starting to return.

Nick Sinclair is a bit of a mystery and seems to have some secrets of his own. He's been searching for his long lost brother, and the path just happens to lead him to Taylor. Little does he know, Taylor has been dealing with a stalker who has lately started stepping up his game, and her prime suspect just happens to be his brother, one of her former students.

Suspense and mystery abound throughout this novel, but not the hide-behind-your-fingers scarey type! I am a big fan of Henderson and Collins, and in my opinion, Patricia Bradley could be ranked right up there beside these famous authors!

I loved the character development throughout the story, Taylor and Nick became so very real to me. Neither totally open with their background history in the beginning, gradually bits and pieces are shared along the way, shedding light on some answers the reader may have been looking for. Not only does Bradley give this novel 2 strong leading characters, she follows them up with an abundance of supporting characters as well!

The pace of the book was right on track...not too slow, and not too fast. I loved being able to read each page at just the right speed, never feeling like I needed to skip ahead and skim over some parts to get back to the “good stuff”. Bradley did such an excellent job in the telling of each and every plot-line, I wanted to make sure I was fully aware of what was happening in them all, not just the main one. There were quite a few plot-lines in Taylor's family alone!

In the beginning, I had my suspicions about who Taylor's stalker may be. Once or twice I may have started leaning toward a different character, but in the end I would like to say, “I knew it all along.” But unfortunately, I cannot! And isn't that a sign of a great author, one that is able to keep you guessing the entire time?

I enjoyed this 1st of the series so much, I have been suggesting it to people all week! I cannot wait to see what happens next in book 2, A Promise to Protect, coming in Fall 2014!

Interested in purchasing the book?  Click here !

Visit Patricia Bradley's website  to find out more about this up and comping author!

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