Title: Silence in the Dark (Logan Point #4)
Author: Patricia Bradley
My rating is 3 stars.
Danny Maxwell is in Mexico looking for clues to the identity of a man who bought stolen rifles from the former chief financial officer of Maxwell Industries. What he didn’t expect was to run into his former fiancée, Bailey Adams, having breakfast with his main suspect. Upon seeing her, he wonders how she knows this guy. Moments after talking to the couple, gunshots ring out. His first thought is for Bailey’s safety. She escapes the gunfire and he soon realizes he is her only hope of escape. Can he save her and regain her affections as well?
Bailey Adams has been in Mexico almost two years teaching at a missionary school. She sees Danny and immediately remembers her rejection of his proposal. She knows she is good at running away from conflict as that is why she is now escorting a young student back to America to visit her grandparents. A local shaman has taken an instant dislike to Bailey and her work to bring Christ to his small village. He has threatened her verbally as well as with “gifts” left in her car. She has two months left on her teaching contract and doesn’t know what she will do when it is done. As she takes her young charge, Maria, to the restroom, she hears gunshots and her running begins again. She soon realizes that her only hope of getting herself and Maria to the U.S. and safety is Danny. Can she trust him with their lives? Who is out to hurt her and Maria and why? Where is God when she needs him most?
Overall, this was an easy story to read, but it just didn’t hold my attention well. The story jumps from four different characters’ points of view, so readers know what is going on and leaving little to the imagination. It also made the characters less easy to get involved with. Therefore, the romantic aspect of the story fell flat for me. The identity of the antagonist is easy to figure out, and Joel just left me confused as to his real character. I did like the faith element in the story, but Bailey’s and Danny’s faith struggles were not fully developed that were too abrupt or incomplete. The plot was solid and there were some tense moments, but I like more action to my suspense stories.
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