Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fatal Witness by Patricia Bradley: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

As a child, artist and potter Dani Bennett witnessed the brutal murder of her parents. With no 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 25 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.

Patricia Bradley is the author of Counter Attack, 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. Cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., Bradley is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

Fatal Witness is the second book in the Pearl River series but could definitely be enjoyed just fine as a standalone without any confusion, I think. 

This book opened with a bang! It grabbed my attention right away and did a great job of keeping it throughout the story. When we meet Dani as an adult, she is living in Montana where she had been with her very overprotective uncle for the last 25 years, with no memories of her life before that point. When her picture is posted in a pottery magazine, it opens up a can of worms... introducing her to a family she didn't remember and an unsolved murder that's coming back to haunt her. It was an intriguing story and wonderfully executed. We were given a lot of potential suspects and as such, it kept me guessing through until the end. There were some things I saw coming and others that took me by complete surprise.

Mixed in with this suspense, there was also some romance and a great message of faith as well. It all blended together wonderfully to form a story that I really enjoyed. If you love Christian romantic suspense, this is definitely one you'll want to check out. 

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