Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley

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Bailey Adams is used to running away from her problems. First, she runs from her engagement to Danny Maxwell. Then, she runs from Logan Point to Mexico to be a missionary. But when danger strikes in Mexico, Bailey finds herself running yet again, this time from a powerful drug cartel through the streets in Mexico, a treacherous group bent on harming her and her young charge, Maria. She is surprised when the last person she expects to see comes to her rescue. Despite the chaotic turmoil around her, Bailey must make a personal decision to face her fears and use her strength in matters of her heart.

Yet again Patricia Bradley writes a novel full of fast-paced action from the very first page. She manages to balance this with the realistic struggles of her interesting characters and weave among the pages excellent spiritual truths. There were moments when the romance and the ending in the story became a bit too corny for my tastes, but overall there are many twists and turns to satisfy any reader. Although it is not necessary to read the other novels in this series to appreciate this one, the appearance of a few old faces makes it beneficial. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy light contemporary suspense.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley

Livy Reynolds decides to take some time off of her job as a homicidal detective after a case affects her emotionally. Upon returning home to Logan Point, she meets private investigator Alex Jennings, who is in town researching the disappearance of a senator’s missing granddaughter. Chilled by the similarities to her own cousin’s disappearance two years prior, Livy teams up with Alex to dig deeper into the odd circumstances surrounding these events and discovers danger neither of them suspected.

The action in this novel was fairly fast moving and kept the plot interesting from the beginning. There were enough twists that I could not fully predict the ending, which was a favorable part of this book. However, I found the relationship between the characters to be somewhat stilted, which made certain portions of the plot a little choppy and the romance less genuine than desired. The villain is certainly disturbing, which may bother some young readers. Nevertheless, overall the book is intriguing and suitable for lovers of contemporary suspense.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

Leigh Somerall is back in her hometown, but only temporarily. After her rural residency program for her medical doctorate is finished, she is ready to move back to the East coast and work at the prestigious Johns Hopkins. But when a situation with her brother Tony throws Leigh into a spiral of dangerous circumstances, she finds herself unsure of her next steps. Acting sheriff Ben Logan, despite his misgivings, has offered to help Leigh’s family, forcing both of them to remember events from the past. And although Leigh attempts to avoid Ben and his desire to help her, she cannot seem to run away from him or the secrets she carries. Both Leigh and Ben must learn who to trust and where to turn before the perilous situations alter their lives forever.

A Promise to Protect is an interesting and complex contemporary suspense novel, its clever storyline full of twists and surprises. Secrets are constantly being revealed that are unexpected, creating a plot that is enjoyable to read. The characters may have flaws from their past, but their believable struggles make the story more realistic and allow the reader to better connect with each of them. The author’s writing style is a perfect balance of intricate sentences and complicated life choices that speak of real situations. The ending is most unexpected and the growth of the characters and their relationships with each other throughout the novel is truly exceptional. There are excellent themes to this novel and the story is exciting, deep, and suspenseful. It is highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.