Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review: Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley

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 family and I LOVE mysteries.  It becomes a challenge to see who can figure out the killer/stalker/bad guy and why first.  On my good days, I can usually get it within the first quarter of the t.v. show or movie. Sometimes books take me a little longer because I'm having to piece together words into a picture instead of having the pictures provided for me..

Before Shadows of the Past, I had never read Patricia Bradley, but I have to say, this was a good book.  It was well written and for the most part kept me interested.  The story line was solid and the characters were decent.

Some of the cons...It took me a while.  For me, I can usually whip through a book in a few days.  This book took me the better part of a week.  It didn't grab me and hold on to me as well as others I've read.  I figured out the bad guy pretty easily as well as the supplemental bad guys.  While it is probably not a "re-reader" for me, I wouldn't hesitate to read other books by Ms. Bradley.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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