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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Fabulous Mystery/Thriller/Romance- ALL in one!

                              "Shadows of the Past"

   By Patricia Bradley  

Synopsis: 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.   

From the first page of this book, I was "hooked"!!  The plot is outstanding in its intertwining subplots and the tension and suspense it builds, as you enter the lives of Taylor and Nick, the main characters. It is definitely a book to NOT start to read at night!! You will never get any sleep until you have read the final page!! It is the first book in Patricia's new Logan Point series.and I am now eagerly awaiting the next . If you want a predictable suspense story, do NOT choose this one!! It has surprises around every  corner. Just when you take a deep breath and relax, another unexpected event occurs to put you back in a tense mode! 

The characters are well developed and realistically described. You can feel the fears, terror and confusion as the story progresses. Being able to identify with the characters makes the book for me! And this one does it from the very first chapter. I was almost shaking with fear and afraid at times, to turn  the page, for fear of what would happen to my "friends".The problems that these characters had to deal with were frightening but believable. In spite of the unusual and breathtaking events that take place, a romance develops, in a most unusual way. 

Needless to say, I will be watching this author closely!! Patricia Bradley definitely writes nail biting suspense!

A five star book! Don't miss it.

"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". 

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