Book Review: Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley
by Sandra Ardoin
Patricia Bradley’s new book is out. Silence in the Dark is the fourth in the Logan Point series and begins with a bang … literally. First, let me say to the cover designer “Bravo! What a beautiful job!”
Bailey Adams is a runner. When something doesn’t go right, she runs. She ran from an engagement to Danny Maxwell all the way to Mexico to serve as a missionary teacher. But this time, Bailey has something truly scary to run from—a drug cartel.
Preparing to visit Logan’s Point and taking one of the children she teaches with her, Bailey’s restaurant meal with the child and her uncle is interrupted by the arrival of Danny.
He took the chair next to her and Bailey wanted to disappear. She’d dreaded running into him when she returned home, and now here he was. Why was he being so nice? They hadn’t parted as friends—he’d made it plain that friendship wasn’t what he wanted.
A flutter in her chest made her catch her breath. And why did her heart have to go nuts on her right now?
When the restaurant they’re in comes under attack, Bailey and the little girl, Maria, hide and then flee with help from the restaurant employees. From there, the action is non-stop and involves two couples who must not only wend their way through romance, but do so while dodging some heinous and cold-hearted criminals.
No “Oh, wow!” surprises, but the plot does take a few turns I hadn’t expected and at a speed a NASCAR driver would envy. I’ll admit, there were a few times when Bailey wouldn’t make my top ten list of favorite heroines. She seemed a little distant to me, but considering her past and the spiritual issues she goes through, maybe that’s intentional. Look for the prologue, though. It isn’t too many pages in. Somehow, I missed it before reading the rest of the book.
One of my favorite characters was Angel Guerrera. His story could have made for a full book—if nothing else, a prequel novella. (Just a silly aside for those in my generation, I kept seeing Angel as a young A Martinez. )
I’ve read this whole series and would rate this one next to the first, Shadows of the Past, in the high enjoyment rankings. So if you’re looking for some good romantic suspense to keep you turning pages, join Danny as he tries to win back Bailey and discover his faith, and Bailey as she struggles for courage and the ability to recover her faith.
(Note: this is a series that should be read in order.)
This is the fourth book in the Logan Point series. Frankly, I don’t know how many there will be. This may be the last. For you, though, how many books are an ideal amount for a series?
Most of the time, 3 books. But if I really love the characters, I want it to be unending 🙂
I’m so used to a three-book series that when I come across one larger than that it can throw me. 🙂