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Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley | Book review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

Synopsis of the book:

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 works to uncover the truth, someone else will do almost anything to keep her from it.

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. Now that his estranged brother is 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 Taylor and Nick search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present–and moving into a future they never imagined.

My review:

Taylor was in trouble right from the start with consulting on a kidnapping and having her own stalker to boot. What I found neat about her was that she was a criminal profiler so her experience helped the authorities find stalkers. Not her own though. And that bothered her. I liked her determination, especially when it came to investigating her father’s disappearance.

The romantic interest was Nick. I had a thing for him right away because he was a writer and he had an unwavering faith in his brother’s innocence as well as a strong connection to God.

The suspense was right there at the start, but it did take me awhile to get invested in the characters. However, I did find myself turning the pages quickly toward the end as Taylor and Nick raced to find out the answers to all of my Taylor’s questions. A satisfying end.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

I found Taylor’s profession interesting and loved when she utilized her knowledge to help the FBI.

What I didn’t like about this book:

It took me awhile to connect to the characters, but I’m glad I stuck with it.

Would I recommend this book to others? Probably. It was action packed from the start and the characters did grow on me. The romance was well done with a good inspirational thread. This is the first book in the series.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Patricia Bradley, author page

-Loraine Nunley


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