BOOK BY: Patricia Bradley

A fast-paced, sit on the edge of your seat kind of read that will leave readers guessing “who done it” until the end.

This first installment of The Natchez Trace Park Rangers starts off with a bang, and leaves our heroine whirling through an emotional minefield. Freshly graduated Law Enforcement Ranger Brooke Danvers is driven to find her father’s killer and what she stumbles into is something sinister, something that goes all the way to the top of the government.

No one can be trusted and every character is a suspect.

Even undercover National Park Ranger, Luke Fereday – neighbour and friend.

The first couple of chapters are peppered with characters and snippets of backstory while the action speeds by. It took me a few pages to figure out who was who and their connections to each other. I don’t think more backstory would have helped, perhaps a bit slower with the action, but then again, I’m not complaining.

There is plenty of everything in this novel – action, secrets, shocking reveals and no want of reader surprises. The author did a fabulous job of developing motives (and characters) that I had a hard time guessing who the killer was.

The only downside to the story, was that the spiritual thread is very, very subtle. It’s not until the second half of the book we’re introduced to our heroine’s faith side. Her older neighbour Daisy, provides the majority of the spiritual thread for this Christian Fiction novel.

I quite enjoyed the story and look forward to the second book in the series.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.