Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: Silence in the Dark

Silence in the Dark
By Patricia Bradley
Logan Point, #4
Revell, 2016


Bailey Adams is running for her life . . . again.

When Bailey Adams left Logan Point two years ago she thought she was getting away from her problems. Running into her ex-fiancé Danny Maxwell was not part of the plan--neither was being chased through the city by the local drug cartel, the Calatrava. Now despite her best efforts, Danny is her only chance of escaping the people chasing her and getting back to Logan Point safely. Can Bailey find the strength to face what's coming? And in the midst of the chaos, can she keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?

With lean, fast-paced prose that will keep you turning the pages, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances.

My thoughts

I’m not a huge fan of romantic suspense, but Patricia Bradley’s novels are must reads for me. While having plenty of action and suspense, Silence in the Dark didn’t exceed my tolerance level for these elements. It was the southern setting of Logan Point, Mississippi that initially drew me to this series, and I have greatly enjoyed each story. In addition to tight writing, interesting storyline and sweet romance, the characters are richly drawn and spiritual themes are seamlessly woven throughout.

Danny and Bailey are likeable characters that I could easily relate to, and they struggle with spiritual issues that all of us can probably identify with in some form. Danny lived with guilt and couldn’t let go of the past, couldn’t forgive himself. Bailey allowed fear to control her life, becoming good at running and making excuses. I loved the wise counsel Bailey received from her mom, advising her to trust God with her fear . . . “The way I see it, you can keep holding on to it and nothing changes. Or you can turn it over to him, trusting he will give you peace. It’s your choice.” The book’s title also spoke to me, for sometimes it does seem that God is silent during our darkest times, which is why total trust is so important.

Having greatly enjoyed the whole series, I have to say that the first three stories were my favorites (see my review links below), and I wish more of the previous characters popped up in this book. I love southern fiction and the Logan Point setting was vividly conveyed in books 1-3, to the point of feeling like one of the characters – and I missed that sense of connection in Silence in the Dark. And this is just personal preference, but Silence’s theme involved Mexico and a drug cartel, which I’m not too fond of. Again, just personal preference, because Patricia is an excellent writer of romantic suspense, one of my favorites, and I did enjoy Silence in the Dark. I can’t wait to see where Patricia takes us next. I’ll definitely be along for the ride!


Series reviews . . .
#1 - Shadows of the Past
#2 - A Promise to Protect
#3 - Gone without a Trace


Patricia Bradley is the award-winning author of Shadows of the Past, A Promise to Protect, and Gone without a Trace. Winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award and a Touched by Love Award, Bradley is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and makes her home in Mississippi.

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

1 comment:

  1. I am a romantic suspense fan, and this sounds good. Thanks for the review.