Friday, February 21, 2014

Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley (Review)

  • Series: Logan Point (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 4, 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722609

Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve--the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.

Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife--a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.

Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love. Readers will be swept into the sultry South in this debut novel from a promising and already award-winning writer.

 My Review:

I thought this was an okay debut book. It is a Christian romantic suspense set mostly in the South and some in Washington state. Taylor is a Southern girl who is coming home because she's being stalked and her family needs her. Nick crosses her path and follows her to Mississippi because he is searching also for his brother. Nick is supposed to be like Castle the TV show detective/writer. Most of the book was a little slower than expected and some of the characters not quite developed enough. The ending was predictable but fit the story. This is the first book in a series. I think I will read the second to see what happens with Nick and Taylor. Recommended to fans of this genre.

 Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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