Monday, February 5, 2024

Fatal Witness by Patricia Bradley Book Review

About the Book:

She doesn't remember the death of her parents--and someone will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

As a child, artist and potter Dani Bennett witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. With little memory of the incident or her true identity, she was forced to take on a new name and a new life, hidden away in Montana for the past twenty-five years.

Mae Richmond has spent the same stretch of time searching for her granddaughter, who went missing the night her daughter and son-in-law were murdered. Convinced the woman she saw in a pottery magazine feature is the woman she's been searching for, she enlists the help of K-9 officer Mark Lassiter of Pearl Springs, Tennessee, who tracks Dani down.

Skeptical but curious, Dani sets out on a journey to uncover the secrets of her past and reclaim her true identity. But someone close to her is determined to keep the truth of what happened all those years ago hidden. 

My Review:

I liked this novel of romantic suspense. There is plenty of suspense and I was happy to see that little of it was a result law enforcement error. There is a pretty smart villain who has waited a long time to get what he thinks is his. The villain was a bit of a surprise to me although there were some subtle hints along the way.

Dani has forgotten the traumatic events of her childhood. Though this technique is often used in a plot, I felt it really had validity in this novel as it seemed very possible. I like the pace of the romance too, nice and slow. There are some thought provoking examples of the necessity of forgiveness included in the plot. There is a good faith message presented too.

Bradley's writing style is clear and a pleasure to read. I think this novel was crafted better than the first one in the series and I will certainly be looking for the next one.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

You can read my review of the first book in the series, Counter Attack.

About the Author:

Patricia Bradley is the author of Counter Attack and Fatal Witness, as well as the Natchez Trace Park Rangers, Memphis Cold Case, and Logan Point series. Bradley is the winner of an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, a Selah Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Revell, 400 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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