Shadows of the Past (Logan Point Book #1)
Book 1, Logan Point - A Novel
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Psychology professor and criminal profiler Taylor Martin prides herself on being able to solve any crime, except the one she wants most desperately to solve--the disappearance of her father twenty years ago. When she finally has a lead on his whereabouts, Taylor returns home to Logan Point, Mississippi, to investigate. But as she is stalking the truth about the past, someone is stalking her.
Nick Sinclair pens mystery novels for a living, but the biggest mystery to him is how he can ever get over the death of his wife--a tragedy he believes he could have prevented. With his estranged brother the only family he has left, Nick sets out to find him. But when he crosses paths with Taylor, all he seems to find is trouble.
Join the chase as this determined duo search the murky shadows of the past for the keys to unlocking the present and moving into a future filled with new hope and love. Readers will be swept into the sultry South in this debut novel from a promising and already award-winning writer.
From Publishers Weekly
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Starts off well
This book was enjoyable, but not stellar. It was more action than romance, which was a great relief in a genre that tends toward the objectification of men. (Yes, that’s a real thing.) Overall, the characters and plot were set up well and developed reasonably at first. However, there is some room for improvement. I have never published fiction, but I hope the following comments are helpful.
The male protagonist was more than a bit of a wimp. He is introduced as a tragic character, but never seems to move beyond that. Additionally, he isn’t very bright and withholds information in order to manipulate the investigation.
One of the antagonists also needed his man-card revoked. He started out strong, but faded dramatically in both importance and basic machismo when the author prematurely switched from hinting who the villain was to plainly revealing him. By the end of the story I actually didn’t care about what happened to him, either good or bad.
The story had a couple of good plot-twists, but the loss of subtlety toward the end, some over-dependence on dialogue to describe necessary physical descriptions (like finding a criminal’s laptop without actually looking for it), some rather flat character development, a general lack of manliness among the men in the story, and a few underdeveloped transitions made finishing it more of an obligation than something I was looking forward to. Overall, it seems like the book starts off with potential for more than it achieves. Was someone trying to beat a deadline?
So, despite some intriguing foreshadowing regarding the other books in the series, the combination of lack-luster performance in the last 1/4 of this book and reports of some serious narcissism in book 2 lead me to question whether I’ll bother. Still, I appreciated the toned-down sensuality and the potential for lots (perhaps too many?) of future stories from this little Southern town. So, I might skip Book 2 and try one of the others if I find myself with some time.
Shadows of The Past
What talent this writer has. There is no end to describing how she just could tell a story and get the reader to feel all the scenes her heroine and hero would get themselves mixed up in and with all the excitement we still have a touch family life . Thank you for writing a beautiful and exciting story.
Loved this book
I would recommend this book, and this author, to anyone. Gripping, well written, and inspirational. Truly a great read, and I will looking for more books by this wonderful author.
- Category: Religious
- Published: Feb 04, 2014
- Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
- Seller: Baker Book House Company
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Logan Point