Author: Patricia Bradley
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers #4
Release Date: August 2, 2022
She refuses to let someone from her past define her future.
But does she really have a choice in the matter?
After being forced to kill an FBI agent gone rogue in self-defense, ISB ranger Madison Thorn is happy to be working in the fraud and cybercrimes division. At least numbers don't lie. So she's less than thrilled when she's drawn into a violent crime investigation in Natchez, Mississippi. She could also do without being forced to work with former-childhood-enemy-turned-infuriatingly-handsome park ranger Clayton Bradshaw.
When a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked on the same night Madison's grandfather is shot, it becomes clear that there is something much bigger going on . . . and that Madison herself is in danger. Madison and Clayton will have to work together--and suppress their growing feelings for one another--if they are to discover the truth before it's too late.
Reviewer: Monica Huyser
I do love a good mystery with some heart-pounding suspense. Deception by Patricia Bradley is full of mystery and suspense. There are more than a few unanswered questions that the reader has while reading this book.
ISB Ranger Madison Thorn is back in her hometown of Natchez to investigate a white-collar crime. It has been a few years since she investigated violent crimes, and she isn't anxious to work in that area again. Unfortunately, she is forced to investigate a violent crime, which is personal in more ways than one. However, a former childhood friend, Clayton Bradshaw, comes alongside her to help with the investigation.
Deception was an intriguing book from start to finish. I really didn't want to put it down. I was amazed at how Bradley wove several mysteries together to create an amazing tapestry of both deceptions of the characters in the book and clues that build up to an exciting conclusion for the reader. I liked Madison and Clayton, and their budding relationship seems realistic. Bradley doesn't shy away from wrestling with some of the hard things within her characters that many people face in the world today.
This is a complicated story, but I kept all the characters straight as she paced each introduction well. The spiritual aspect is also well woven into the plot. I figured out a few things, but there were also some that I didn't know until the end. Deception was a great read for the mystery and suspense reader who likes a bit of romance alongside a fast-paced plot.
I received a review copy courtesy from Revell through Interviews and Reviews. All opinions within this review are my own.
Reviewer: Kristina Hall
Characters: Clayton and Madison were both sympathetic characters. Clayton was determined to treat Madison right and not repeat his womanizing past. Madison was also a great character. She went through many hard things in this book, and her reactions were so realistic. Some of the suspense books I've read skimp a little on character development, but the characters were developed so well in Deception.
Moral/theme: Dealing with grief and relying on God to overcome addiction were a couple of themes in this book.
Plot: Talk about suspenseful! This book had plenty of action scenes and high stakes to make me want to keep reading. And the villains were quite plentiful.
Romance: Clean. Just kissing. Madison and Clayton worked well together.
Writing: Patricia Bradley's smooth, clear writing style worked great for this book. I'm excited to read her next release!
Overall: Deception was an exciting read that I'd recommend to those who enjoy Christian fiction and romantic suspense.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell through Interviews & Reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Reviewer: Anna Bottoms
This book was the best one yet in this series. It was twisty, thought-provoking, and full of action, not to mention romance.
Each of the main characters had their own strengths and weaknesses that somehow complemented and supported each other. The struggle with faith and its place in their lives was realistic and painted an emotional portrait that made me relate to each character.
The suspense was top-notch, and the action kept me engrossed in the story. The ending was not what I expected, which was surprising and satisfying. I loved this book.
I received a review copy courtesy of Revell through NetGalley and Interviews & Reviews. This is my honest opinion of the book.
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