Shadows of the Past (Logan Point Book #1): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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02/15/2014
Twenty years ago when Taylor Martin was a child, her father left suddenly without explanation, and she has since struggled to understand why God would allow this to happen. Now a college professor and criminal profiler, Taylor gets a lead on her father's whereabouts and goes home to Logan, MS, to investigate. But she soon realizes she is being stalked. She meets author Nick Sinclair, the brother of the student she believes may be her pursuer. Nick's wife was murdered several years ago, and Nick is trying to find his brother, who is the only family he has left. VERDICT Winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award and a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, this is a fantastic first novel of thrilling suspense. The nonstop action and the sympathetically drawn characters' narrow escapes will keep readers mesmerized. The gripping tension also makes Bradley's title a winner with fans of Iris Johansen and Mary Higgins Clark.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441212269
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Logan Point , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 22,742
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Bradley's manuscript for Shadows of the Past was a finalist for the 2012 Genesis Award, winner of a 2012 Daphne du Maurier award (1st place, Inspirational), and winner of a 2012 Touched by Love award (1st place, Contemporary). She is a published short story writer and is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc. When she's not writing or speaking, she can be found making beautiful clay pots and jewelry. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America and makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.
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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    Shadows of the Past (Logan Point Book #1) Patricia Bradley B

    Shadows of the Past (Logan Point Book #1)
    Patricia Bradley




    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 Taylor’s brother and his missing wife along with Livy. I loved Taylor’s 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 Scott’s character to be believable and amazingly resilient throughout all his problems. Worth the read and am looking forward to the next in the series. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Highly Recommend this book!

    I was impressed with this book. It kept my interest clear to the end. I liked the fact that I didn't figure out who did it till close to the end.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    I am so excited to have found a new author to add to my favorite

    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.


    Disclosure: 




     I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions rendered are fully my own opinions. 

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Taylor Martin is happy in her teaching job at the university and

    Taylor Martin is happy in her teaching job at the university and pursuing a lucrative career as a much sought after criminal profiler. Life seems to be going so well, until it isn't. Her fiance has dumped her and married another woman and one of her students seems to be stalking her. Before she knows it her whole carefully created life has blown apart. 




    She finally decides to return home to Logan Point, Mississippi to try and solve a twenty year old mystery that involves the disappearance of her father. But going home proves to be stickier than she thought it would be. There are things brewing that Taylor had not anticipated.




    Nick Sinclair is a best-selling author of mystery novels. While his professional life seems to be on the rise, his personal life is filled with tragedy. His beloved wife died in his arms and he is wracked with guilt over not being capable of saving her. To make matters worse his estranged half brother has reemerged desperately needing his help. 




    Patricia Bradley has put together a riveting tale that takes you into the depths of the twisted psyche of the human mind. She probes the topic of how far someone would go to fulfill their own desires. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Taylor and Nick, there is some serious steam going on there! As the layers of the story are peeled back you begin to see who is behind all the terror, but until the very end you don't completely understand all the whys. Great opening to what promises to be a chilling (in a good way!) new series.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

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    Shadows of the Past by debut author Patricia Bradley has it all

    Shadows of the Past by debut author Patricia Bradley has it all - sharp prose, intriguing setting, well-developed characters, and a fast-moving plot that will grab and hold your attention from the beginning. As much as I love a good murder mystery, I'm not a fan of suspense, but I was drawn to Shadows of the Past because of its southern setting and interesting description. And once I started reading, it was hard to put down!

    While the suspense element was strong, I enjoyed this story so much because it seemed more character-driven than other suspense novels I've read. Taylor Martin's specialty is victimology - figuring out how and why the victim was chosen, and creating a profile of the victim as well as the offender. Because of a case in which she was involved, Taylor comes back to home and family in Logan Point, Mississippi - a place with an unsolved mystery in her personal life and a place where she never felt good enough.

    I was immediately drawn to Nick Sinclair, popular mystery writer who is still grieving the loss of his wife, Angie, in a senseless robbery/murder. "Grieving had become familiar, almost comfortable" to him. Yet Taylor sensed that he was a good, caring man who would never fail to stand by those he loved.

    But it's Aunt Kate, with her genuine faith and willingness to open her home to whoever God might send, that is at the heart of this narrative. Kate is a potter who works out of a transformed carriage house behind her home, a true southern setting: "As Taylor drove the winding, tree-lined drive to the hundred-year-old house . . . the two-story Victorian looked like a bed and breakfast with its three-gabled roof and wraparound porch."

    Patricia also created a beautiful and fascinating setting in the Martin family home place. With its tunnels connecting to caves in a nearby river bluff, Oak Grove was once used to aid slaves escaping to the North as part of the Underground Railroad. Its basement is also the source of terrifying "shadows of the past" memories for Taylor.

    The romance between Nick and Taylor is believable and sparkles with good chemistry. The mystery is developed very nicely, with good clues scattered throughout - and I didn't have to skim through too many scary parts!

    I also liked how spiritual elements seemed a natural part of the narrative. While Taylor believes in God, she struggles with unanswered prayers in her life, and that's something to which many Christians can relate. And I think it's Nick's honest words that speak to all of us: "I struggled with my faith when Angie died. . . . But in the end, my faith is what sustained me."

    I look forward to whatever Patricia has in store for us next - hoping, of course, to see more of these characters. Shadows of the Past is a wonderful debut that I highly recommended to fans of mystery and suspense.

    Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Looking for her father ends up landing

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

    Looking for her father ends up landing Taylor Martin into situations that she never expected. Taylor couldn’t find closure about her father walking out on his family until she had a chance to ask him why. But someone is trying to stop Taylor from finding her dad. And meeting Nick Sinclair makes Taylor’s life even more interesting. Especially since Nick’s brother is Taylor’s number one suspect.

    This is an awesome debut novel from author Patricia Bradley. After reading the first few pages, I was captured! The characters were solid and believable, and I could truly feel the emotions Taylor felt when she talked about her dad. Tensions were high throughout the book because Taylor was getting to close to answers, which would expose to many people. I don’t like saying too much about what happens in the book, because it ruins it for me when people do that, so I will just say if you love suspense/thrillers, then this book is a must for you to read. Believe me, you will not be disappointed in the time and money spent on this one!!

    I received this book from the publisher Revell Publishers to read and review. 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 55.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

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    Patricia Bradley in her new book, ¿Shadows Of The Past¿ Book One

    Patricia Bradley in her new book, “Shadows Of The Past” Book One in the Logan Point  series published by Revell takes us into the life of  Taylor Martin.




    From the Back Cover:  While she’s stalking the truth…someone is stalking her.




    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.




    Welcome to Logan Point.  Here the food is served Southern Style and life is a little bit slower.  That doesn’t mean, however, that there is no danger.  Far from it.  ”Shadows Of The Past” is a thriller, no doubt about it.  Taylor’s life is in great danger as a stalker is trying to prevent her from finding out the truth.  Just when you think you might know where the story is heading Ms. Bradley tosses in another turn which you take at high-speed on two wheels.  Ms. Bradley makes her characters so real and you root for them to complete their mission and you root for their romance to blossom.  Ms. Bradley knows how to tell a story that keeps you flipping the pages and guessing as to who the bad guys really are.  This is a wild ride read and I recommend it highly.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   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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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    Psychology professor Taylor Martin has established a reputation

    Psychology professor Taylor Martin has established a reputation as a criminal profiler, something she's kept secret from her family back in Mississippi.  Recently,she's begun to be haunted by recurring nightmares, similar to the ones she suffered as a child after his father's disappearance.  If only she could find answers to why he suddenly deserted a family he had seemed to love so much.  When it appears that a college student might be stalking her, the nightmares increase and Taylor decides it is time to leave Washington for a trip back home.  Perhaps this time her extended family will answer her questions about her father.  And she will have to share the truth of her career choice.




    Behind Nick Sinclair's persona as a successful mystery writer is a very different man.  First, he is still grieving the senseless death of his wife and the shattered life he has been left with.  When his teenage step brother disappears into a world of drugs and alcohol, Nick seems powerless to intervene.  Now, finally after months of searching, Nick has a lead about Scott's whereabouts -- a small college in Washington.  Within hours of arriving there, Nick finds that Scott is a suspect in the campus stalking of young professor Taylor Martin and that Scott has again disappeared.  Nick assures police and the beautiful young Taylor that Scott would never harm anyone, but keeps hidden a secret -- that the dark words of a poem found in the stalker's last letter are actually words that he himself penned for an unknown story he'd written a few years earlier.  Could Scott have found that poem?  Could he really be intent on harming the professor?




    Patricia Bradley won the 2012 Daphne du Maurier award and the 2012 Touched by Love award, as well as being a finalist for the Genesis award.  This is the first book in The Logan Point series.  Shadows of the Past is packed with suspense and just enough romance. I never felt the plot or the action scenes were contrived or stretched out like so many recent books I've read.  It was edge of the seat and I was never quite sure how the mysteries of the past and present would connect.  I just knew that they would!  Reading this was a great way to spend a cold, subzero afternoon. I am sure Bradley is set to take her place alongside Terri Blackstock, Dee Henderson, and Dani Pettrey.  I know I will be looking for the second book, A Promise to Protect when it comes out in the fall.  Thanks Revell for taking on a new author!




    I received a copy of this book from Revell for a honest review.  All opinions are mine.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

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    SHADOWS OF THE PAST by Patricia Bradley is an exciting inspirati

    SHADOWS OF THE PAST by Patricia Bradley is an exciting inspirational Romantic Suspense set in where else Logan Point,Mississippi. . #1 in "Logan Point". Fast paced tale of a criminal profiler and an author who pens mystery novels. Think the T.V. series "Castle" and "Criminal Minds". Meet, Taylor Martin, a criminal profiler and Psychology professor and Nick Sinclair, a mystery author.

    Join Nick and Taylor on a chase to find a killer, can the past unlock the present? What they find is danger, a stalker, murder, and a budding romance. "Shadows of the Past" is gripping, edge of your seat mystery/suspense. I was hooked from the first page. I can hardly wait for the next installment.

    Engaging characters, and an intriguing romance. A must read for any romance, suspense or mystery reader. Well done indeed, Ms. Bradley!

    Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    *Coming from Revell Books in February*

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides

    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.

    -- Thrilling from the very beginning, I loved each character from this book and I couldn't figure it out until about three fourths of the way through, so that is a good mystery. But there were a few twists and turns in there that every reader should love!

    There is mystery, thrilling scenes, a bit of a love connection, mother/daughter/father relationships, friendships... in other words this book has everything a reader could want and more! I really wanted to get to know Taylor better though, I felt like we were always in a whirlwind.

    I see potential for another book, as some things have been left a bit undone!!! And that is exciting for this reader! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    This is a new author that I took the chance of reading and was n

    This is a new author that I took the chance of reading and was not disappointed. Shadows of the Past is a criminal suspense book, the first in the series by Patricia Bradley.




    The Nutshell: The main character, Taylor, a professor and criminal profiler, is fighting to find the person who is trying to kill her, while also working on solving her fathers disappearance and ends up with the help from a famous writer whom she falls for along the way.




    Pro's: Good story line and development of characters. The pace kicked in to high gear towards the end and I just had to see how it concluded. It provided an interesting look into profiling and the minds of criminals.




    Con's: I pegged the killer half way through the book, but I was still interested in how he was caught. It was slow in parts, but the interest was still there to find how everything connected. A bit mushy, which I could do without. A bit gory and graphic in spots.




    If you like suspense books, you may be interested in picking this one up. I look forward to reading book 2 in Patricia Bradley's series!




    Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    As a huge fan of romantic suspense, I'm delighted to have discov

    As a huge fan of romantic suspense, I'm delighted to have discovered a new author! Though Shadows of the Past is Patricia Bradley's debut novel, I was hard pressed to believe it! The suspense was awesome, and the crimes (yes, plural!) were extremely well-developed. I had a hint of who was behind the main crime about midway through, but I was never completely certain until the end. It was fascinating to see how the different cases related.

    The romance aspect wasn't as surprising, and there were a couple of times that I was confused by their wishy-washy feelings. I still enjoyed getting to know Nick and Taylor, and they had a sweet connection from the very beginning.

    Fans of romantic suspense should definitely check out Shadows of the Past! I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series! [4 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    WOW! I love mystery and suspense and this book was all that and

    WOW! I love mystery and suspense and this book was all that and more!  I had to double check, but for a debut novel this one is a HOMERUN!! I can't wait for book 2 in this series.  As always I like to try to figure out who the bad guy is, and I had him pegged, but I was SHOCKED by the reasons.  OHH my.  You will not want to put this book down.  There were a few slow points but nothing to take away from the story.  Great book! Great debut! 5 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.  
     

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    (Warning! Minor spoilers below...read at own risk...) Bradley de

    (Warning! Minor spoilers below...read at own risk...)
    Bradley debuts with a wonderful mystery!




    I was immediately intrigued when I read the back cover copy for Shadows of the Past. I'm always eager for a new mystery to read late into the night and Shadows delivers just that. Bradley writes very well, bringing Scott, Taylor, and Nick off the page and to life. Every time you thought things couldn't unravel further, the stakes were raised again.




    My favorite character, I think, was Scott and my second favorite, Livy. I really sympathized with Scott, and I wanted to see him recover. It disappointed me that there was no real, concrete resolution to his story; perhaps we'll be told or shown more in the next book. I also hope that we'll see more of Livy in the next book.




    Taylor and Nick were well-crafted leads, but I had a hard time relating to Taylor. One aspect of Taylor I did like, was how realistic her emotions/struggles were. As Nick is a writer, I could relate to him more. I liked his loyalty and dependability. For me as a reader, I did not like how quickly a tense friendship turned into an almost-relationship.




    To conclude, Bradley did a great job. However, I was able to pin the bad guy early on. I like to be surprised and proven wrong, so this did let me down a bit but this won't stop me from reading the next books in the series. As far as content goes, there is talk of crimes (rape, murder, etc.) and a couple kisses but nothing more. I look forward to what Bradley releases next!




    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    Patricia Bradley's haunting debut novel, Shadows of the Past wil

    Patricia Bradley's haunting debut novel, Shadows of the Past will keep readers riveted to it's pages. A psychological story that will envelope the reader, this book is anything but slow. With a fast paced plot, well drawn characters and the past colliding with the present, how could she go wrong? Bradley's voice is poignant and subtle. She is able to spirit the reader along while crafting a story that is both edgy and inspirational. A great first novel and the beginning of a great new series!

    What I liked:

    If this is what Bradley's debut novel looks like, I can't wait to see where she takes us from here. A strong new presence in the Christian/Inspirational genre, Bradley has crafted a novel that is at turns heartbreaking and haunting. Two people who are trying to forge a future together, must face their own demons before they can move on. It's a great theme and Bradley does a fantastic job of grabbing the reader. The hook is a few lines from a poem that will be long remembered after the final pages are read. I really enjoyed reading this author's first efforts.

    Taylor is a profiler, but one case has long alluded her. The disappearance of her own father. Nick is a mystery writer who has been torn apart by grief. Two characters that are engaging and so realistic. I thought Bradley portrayed each of them with a strong sense of justice and even more powerful tie to the past. I liked the whole idea of how they have to solve their issues with what has gone on before, in order to move on in their lives. I thought Bradley taught a powerful lesson with that idea.

    I loved all of the Southern charm and attitude that Bradley gave this book as well. There was no doubt where she was writing about. There is a certain quality of times gone by that happens in the deep south and that gave this book an eerie sense of past meeting present, a cross roads, continue on the path you are following or take a new fork in the road. I loved all the Southern references, the food, the smells. It was a real feast for the senses. And Bradley's descriptive prowess was on display for sure.

    There was a bit of romance but it was the suspense that really kept me flipping those pages. Taylor has a stalker and she thinks it is Nick's brother. Nick is out to prove that it isn't Scott. But as they continue to try to solve both the mystery of what happened to Taylor's father and who is after her, things start to take a different turn. I loved the pacing of the book and the intervals of peace in the midst of chaos. I think Bradley was right on track with how this book needed to flow to best add to the story. A great first book!

    What I didn't like:

    Nothing. That simple. I liked everything about this book, it is probably my favorite Christian/Inspirational of the year so far and I've read some good ones. Give this one a try, it's just that good.

    Bottom Line:

    Any fan of romantic suspense would love this book. Whether they are main stream or Christian/Inspirational readers, it doesn't matter. This is just good writing with a lot of Southern flair and some great characterizations. Don't miss it!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Patricia's novel is a suspense filled, action packed read! I was

    Patricia's novel is a suspense filled, action packed read! I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next to Taylor. And who the next victim would be. Although, I was suspicious of quite a few characters, there were so many twists and turns in this novel, that being sure of the answer was almost impossible. It was definitely worth the read. I felt like I was trying to warn Taylor of her stalkers next move, keep her out of harms way, and rooting for her to find her father. Of course a little romance always brightens up a story and the possibility of something between Taylor and Nick made the story even more interesting. This is the first in the Logan Point Series, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of Book 2 A Promise to Protect, coming this fall!
    I received this book from Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

     She's a savvy criminal profiler. He is a novelist who writes my

     She's a savvy criminal profiler.
    He is a novelist who writes mysteries.
    Both Taylor and Nick are trained to think seriously and analytically, and they need all the skills they have, because his brother Scott is missing and she's being stalked.
    To make things worse, the mounting evidence suggests that his brother is her stalker. 
    Shadows of the Past epitomizes the definition of Romantic Suspense, and I just had to keep reading, because I couldn't figure out what was happening!

    The Mystery: I'm often convinced that I know where a story is headed. NOPE!
    Patricia Bradley has written a book with lots of leads, new evidence coming to light at every turn, suspicious circumstances and interwoven cases.
    I developed half-a-dozen theories about who was involved in the crimes as I read. That was fun. :)

    The Place:
    Both the culture and the climate are wonderfully Southern, which is my favorite setting for a mystery. Tennessee and Mississippi accents, beautiful old homes with secret passages left from Underground Railroad days, and blues music. And the food. 
    I was hungry just reading about the home cooking, "the rich smell" of fresh corn bread, sweet tea "the nectar of the South" and suppers that include "three kinds of vegetables."
    Southern comfort food, all of it.

    The Love Story: No spoilers, but Nick lost his wife and she really, really was his beloved.
    So when he begins to admire Taylor, he feels wrong even thinking about another woman. I though this was very well done, as Nick learns that a new love for Taylor will not diminish his first love for his wife.

    The best news of all is that Shadows of the Past is book one in a series that Patricia is working on.
    How much better can it get?

    Thank you Revell for my review copy!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    A gripping, thriller, taunt with mystery and suspense. Taylor

    A gripping, thriller, taunt with mystery and suspense.

    Taylor Martin has everything, except the one thing she can't have, her father back. She's a criminal profiler that has been able to solve every mystery, but the one she most desperately wants to find the answers to. Taylor's life has been full of broken relationships, and she's been burned by her tendency to hold on to the past.
    When Nick Sinclair is a mystery writer, who lost his wife in a tragedy. When his brother Scott is framed for stalking Taylor, he finds himself trying to defend his brother and clear his name. But when his poems begin showing up in eerie places, he decides to help Taylor find out who is haunting her, and there might be more to their connection than just their growing friendship...

    I think I have a new favorite author. Every chapter was taunt with suspense, leading effortlessly into the next chapter, and the next time you look up it's 200 pages later. This book grabs you up and doesn't let go. I was so surprised by how much I loved it, if you are a fan of Irene Hannon or Lynette Eason, you will become an instant fan of Ms. Bradley, I can pretty much guarantee it!

    Taylor and Nick were terrific characters who had great chemistry throughout, both of them struggle with letting go of their painful pasts and giving them to God. This book was fast-paced and well written, making it hard to put down, all the while keeping me guessing.

    Overall, a stunning debut from an author that I will definitely be reading in the future! Everything about this book was fantastic, chapter to chapter and page to page. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    What a great book to start a series. Each chapter pushed the sto

    What a great book to start a series. Each chapter pushed the story forward, which is exactly what a book should do.

    Patricia did a great job dropping hints at the wounds the two characters carry, she keeps the reader on a string making us want to read more so we can find out exactly what did happen in the past of these two characters, Nick and Taylor.

    The suspense in the story is just enough to keep you guessing. You know something is up but I really wasn’t sure what was going on, who was really stalking Taylor? Was it Nick’s brother or was someone using him to get to her, and if so why and who? Yes, these questions kept pushing me along and wanting to read more.

    Then we have the romance between Nick and Taylor, both fighting the growing attraction but you know they won’t be able to deny it for long.

    I would say this book as it all, strong but flawed characters and a great mystery. If you like romantic suspense this is a book you should check out.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    Patricia Bradley has provided for your consideration a mystery f

    Patricia Bradley has provided for your consideration a mystery filled with intrigue, suspense, and a spice of romance in her first of the Logan’s Point series.  The author has taken care to ensure that the reader is hooked from the beginning, and with a liberal dose of “red herrings,” inexplicable incidents, and a strong undertone of looming danger strives to “land” the reader at the very least possible moment – at the end of a breathtaking climax.




    I must admit that this is probably not my favorite genre, so the criticisms I offer probably owe a lot to that statement.  Patricia Bradley has done her homework, and on the way has gathered a myriad of details on a wide range of interests.  Sometimes . . . it’s best to leave the tools in the toolshed.  Some of the “details” that she has garnered in her research serve to slow the pace of the book.  Some descriptions seem to take longer to get through, and I found myself bogged down at times.  And the “liberal dose of ‘red herrings’” mentioned of above . . . the emphasis is on “liberal.”  Again, my unfamiliarity with the genre probably made me more sensitive to this aspect than some other readers.




    Having said that, Patricia Bradley takes the same detailed approach to her characters. And in this instance, it really works.  The psychological and emotional palette that each character brings to the scenes help you understand why the character is thinking, or responding, in a certain way.  And the author is completely consistent with those characteristics, even as the characters learn, and grow, throughout the book.  This is an aspect of the “novel” genre that distinguishes good, from great, from classic literature.  




    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review of this book.




    3 ½ stars for a thoughtful mystery

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