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Review: Gone Without a Trace

15 Sep Posted by in Reviews | Comments Off on Review: Gone Without a Trace
Review: Gone Without a Trace

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradleygonewithoutatrace
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Two and a half years ago, Livy Reynolds’ cousin, Robyn Martin, disappeared from her waitress job at the local truck stop, Johnny B’s. Everyone, including law enforcement, believes she simply walked away – from her job, her husband and her parents. Robyn’s mother, Kate, however, never believed that her daughter would leave her child. When PI Alex Jennings books a room in Kate’s B & B, she hires him to find her daughter.

Alex came to Logan Point on a case. He’s been hired to find a senator’s granddaughter, Samantha Jo, who went missing from her waitress job at the local truck stop, Johnny B’s. When Kate tells him her daughter’s story, red flags start flying. Alex takes his suspicions to Sheriff Ben Logan who checks out law enforcement’s data base and discovers eight very similar disappearances. Of those eight, three are still missing – Robyn, Samantha Jo, and one other. All the others were abducted, dropped off miles from where they lived, and had no memory of how they came to be there.

Livy is a Memphis homicide cop and, until recently, has been very good at her job. When she shoots and kills a 17-year-old kid armed with a toy gun, she begins to second-guess every decision she makes. When her partner nearly dies because she hesitates, Livy is forced into taking a leave of absence to get her head straight. She goes to her aunt and uncle’s home in Logan Point, the only home she’s ever known. Arriving at the B & B, she learns that Alex, a private investigator from Texas, is looking into her cousin’s disappearance. Intrigued by the case in spite of her disdain for the PI profession, Livy offers to help Alex while she’s in Logan Point. Can Alex and Livy find the missing women before something terrible happens?

Patricia Bradley did a great job of building the suspense in this installment of the Logan Point series. I like how the characters are both very strong yet flawed. It was also great to revisit characters from the previous two books and see how they are faring now. There is a strong forgiveness theme – especially forgiveness of past hurts – that runs throughout the story. Many of Alex and Livy’s issues seem to stem from an inability to forgive something in their past. It’s a life lesson to us all.

I definitely recommend Gone Without a Trace to readers of romantic suspense. You won’t be sorry you picked it up! (And when you finish it, you’ll want to go back and read the first two books in the series, too!)

Rated PG: There are two murders, the aftermath of which are described. This is probably not for young children.

Reviewer’s copy provided by local library. Thank you!

 

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