Shadows of the Past, Logan Point Series #1
Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley is a romantic suspense and the first book in the Logan Point series.
Taylor Martin, a Psychology professor and criminal profiler, experienced abandonment when her father up and left their family when she was a little girl. That event in her life left her with so many unanswered questions she sets out to find her father. Little does she realize that in doing so she would put herself and others in danger.
The book details how Taylor and her family find closure to the biggest mystery of their life. Taylor also finds love in an unlikely place, Nick Sinclair, the brother of one of the suspects in one of her murder profile cases.
Patricia Bradley really kept me on my toes. I was guessing until three quarters the way through the book. I was torn between who was behind the threats thrown at Taylor, the violence and the murders. There was only one murder mystery I figured out right away. I liked the twists and turns the plot took. As always the romance was pretty predictable, but how many different ways can you spin boy meets girl or girl meets boy and likes, then loves each other?
I really like these kinds of books not only for the mystery and intrigue but the characterÃ¢ÂÂs development and growth, as well as the fact there is no coarse language or raunchy sex. I believe sex is good, even great, (insert smiley face) within the boundaries of marriage, but I donÃ¢ÂÂt need to read stories about sex when I have my own intimate life. Just saying, and thought IÃ¢ÂÂd point out a different aspect to like about this book series and others like it.
Faith and Family Reviews received a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own.
February 28, 2014
Surprised Me in a Good Way
I am so excited to have found a new author to add to my favorites list! The characters in this story are well developed, real, and easy to sympathize with. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful, and the story is well written. It was easy to sit down, start reading, and get lost in the story for a few hours. The only thing I found hard to believe is that this is Patricia Bradley's first novel. She writes with the maturity of a well seasoned author.
The well developed plot interweaves several threads into a beautiful work of art. Whether reading about the death of Nick's wife, the disappearance of Taylor's father, the relationships between Taylor and her family and Nick and his family, and the relationship between Nick and Taylor, I found myself fully hooked on trying to figure out where the story would take me next. The suspense kept me guessing until close to the end. I thought I knew what may have happened earlier on, but there was just enough doubt that I had to second guess myself constantly.
I really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel. As for me, I am really hoping that this author is going to keep writing for a long time.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions rendered are fully my own opinions.
February 28, 2014
Great fast-paced fiction!
It isnÃ¢ÂÂt often we have the privilege of reading such a well written book by a new author, but Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley is just such a book. Shadows is a fast paced story within a story. The characters are interesting and realistic. The situations and adventure keep the readerÃ¢ÂÂs interest to the last page and you wish that the book was just a little bit longer.
Taylor Martin is a criminal profiler and psychology professor. She has a deep desire to find the father who abandoned her when she was a child. She is sure that he would never have left her or her mother, but where could he be and why hasnÃ¢ÂÂt he come home? Is he the reason she is having these very frightening dreams?
Nick Sinclair is a mystery writer whose wife has died and he is sure that he will never get over this loss. When his brother Scott is accused for his part in the attacks on Taylor, Nick steps in to keep him from being arrested. He is interested in Taylor, but cannot understand why she is so convinced that Scott is the one who is trying to kill her.
Shadows of the Past is a book that deserves a second read to see if you can follow all the twists and turns in the story. It will be hard to wait for the second book in Patricia BradleyÃ¢ÂÂs Logan Point series. This book kept me guessing Ã¢ÂÂwho done itÃ¢ÂÂ until the satisfactory end.
February 26, 2014
This should be next on your reading list!
This debut suspense novel from Patricia Bradley was a real treat to read. It's well written, really incredible for a first book and I will definitely read more from her. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the slight tendancy toward overwriting, which I found amusing on a couple of occasions but on the whole it's not a big distraction.
The characters are strong and the mystery is solid. If you enjoy suspense by Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason or DiAnn Mills this should be next on your list.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
February 24, 2014