Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Shadows of the Past by Patricia Bradley
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.