Book Summary: 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.
Review: While Taylor took a little time for me to warm up to I really did come to understand her character and root for her. She grew as a character throughout the story by admitting her weaknesses and wrongs. Her coming back in to the faith was welcomed. Livy and Nick were great additions to the story of the stalking & missing father story. It was well blended and easy to follow. I read it quickly from page 15 onward. I am looking forward to the next books in the series and would like to see one about Taylors brother and his missing wife along with Livy. I loved Taylors mom and their home which seemed so breezy and comfortable even if Mississippi/Tennessee is hot and humid in the summer. Liked how well things were woven together throughout the story that the ending was believable. I found Scotts character to be believable and amazingly resilient throughout all his problems. Worth the read and am looking forward to the next in the series.
Absolutely fantastic! For all you romantic suspense fans, this one is definitely a keeper! I honestly had to keep second guessing myself as to who the bad guy was. One minute I thought I had it all sussed out, next minute something would throw a spanner in the works and I would begin to doubt my suspicions. This book certainly keeps you turning the pages as you try to solve the mystery alongside the characters! Unlike some other suspense fiction, you won't feel like you've got a headache from a whirlwind ride in the final chapter as all the loose ends are rapidly (and often unsatisfactorily) tied up. Instead, Patricia gradually adds more and more pieces to the puzzle throughout the book, which keeps the tension high and the storyline moving smoothly at a good pace (as does the romance!).
Patricia also did a fantastic job of creating a diverse cast of characters that were realistic and had you thinking about all sorts of possibilities for future books in the series. If you love Irene Hannon's and Colleen Coble's work than you will most likely enjoy Patricia's work too. Overall, Shadows of the Past is a great read that will leave you feeling both satisfied and eagerly anticipating the next one in the series!
Interesting overall story but for me it was slow moving. Main characters Taylor Martin and Nick Sinclair were developed pretty well but I found myself not really caring about them or their troubles. Decent suspense build up and solid ending make this an okay read for me.
Publisher gave me this book to read, give my opinion and review.
Shadows of the Past is kind of a Christian version of Castle, with the handsome and successful writer and the beautiful crime fighter. However, it's set in rural Mississippi rather than New York, Taylor Martin is a college professor, not a cop, and Nick Sinclair isn't her museâ€”he's the older brother of the guy Taylor suspects is stalking her.
Dr Taylor Martin is a psychology professor and criminal profiler, a job that means she sometimes attracts the wrong kind of attention. She journeys home to Logan Point in the hope she will escape her stalker and finds herself drawn into a family argument dating back from when her father disappeared. Nick is also in Mississippi, trying to locate his brother and restore their relationshipâ€”and show that Nick hasn't got anything to do with Taylor's stalker.
This was a mystery within a thriller, which added layers of suspense to the plot, and had me wondering all the way through what was what. It was obvious that several characters were hiding secrets, including Taylor, but it wasn't until the final pages that all the ends were tied up (in a most satisfactory manner, I might add). It's a combination of strong characters, exciting plot, and a budding romanceâ€”if only Nick can get over his past, and Taylor can rediscover hers.
It's no secret that romantic suspense is my favourite genre. Shadows of the Past is an excellent romantic suspense debut, and I'll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Patricia Bradley.
Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free book for review.