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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Marji Laine reviews: SILENCE IN THE DARK by Patricia Bradley

Marji Laine reviews Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley.

Here's the Short Version:

Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she's about to return home to the States, but there's just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she's on the run--she just doesn't know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too--including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? (Amazon)

My Take:

The beginning of this story is like a nightmare to me: being in a foreign country without knowing who to trust. And the author's writing is so vivid, I was living the terror right along with the heroine. 

Bailey Adams is a complex character, complete with a ghosts from the past that continue to revisit her. With them comes her lie that she can never trust any man. In fact, she's a mass of fear and given to flight as her first reaction with any threat.

Except the threats with which she deals throughout this story aren't emotional issues: relationships, arguments, stress, and the like. No. Her life is threatened and done in such a way, with the death of others, that she's convinced that her own is eminent. And not only is she in danger, but the man she loves, though she can't bear to admit it even to herself, and a child who has been placed in her care are also targets because of their very proximity to her.

This story held me in it's grip through 3 sleepless nights! The moment I thought I knew who was who and what was what, things changed and my expectations had to continue to adjust. The author has a gift for timing, allowing the hints to come out just before the full revelation, to keep the mystery challenging.

I also loved the strong spiritual thread that weaves through this story. The Scripture reference used made an interesting choice in showing the power of God, but echoed the serious nature of this story. The verses worked perfectly with the plot, too! (Have to read it!)

All in all, this was a great book! Intricate characters, twisted mystery, intense suspense, and a juicy romance make Silence in the Dark a delightful experience!

About the Senior Reviewer:

Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense.

Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, as well as coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op.

Join her at MarjiLaine.com or follow her on FacebookTwitter, or visit her Amazon author page.

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