Sins of the Past – 3 Novellas from Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, & Lynette Eason

Sins of the Past

Secrets and Lies. Danger That Will Never Go Away.
Join Three Beloved Masters of Romantic Suspense for Novellas Where the Past Will Not Stay Buried.

Dee Henderson – “Missing”
A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance.

Dani Pettrey – “Shadowed”
Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who’d been the dead woman’s roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.

Lynette Eason – “Blackout”
A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it’s hidden–only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?
– from publisher’s website

I received a free copy of this novella collection from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

As with any collection of novellas, I liked some novellas better than others. Dee Henderson’s Missing didn’t really appeal to me. The characters were older, probably late 30’s, 40’s, and I couldn’t really relate to them. The conclusion to the abduction of John Graham’s mother fell flat for me. It seemed the suspense didn’t add up to the reality.

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey is a prequel to her Alaskan Courage series. I loved meeting the parents of the McKenna siblings and getting their story. The climax ended too quickly for my liking, but I know it’s hard to have as much detail in a novella. That is part of the reason why I don’t read many novellas.

My favorite was Lynette Eason’s Blackout. The pacing was excellent. It wasn’t too fast nor too slow. I was drawn into Chad and Macey’s story and I wasn’t able to figure out who was behind everything that was happening to Macey, yet I had several suspects in mind.


Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley


Two years ago, Bailey Adams broke off her engagement to Danny Maxwell and fled Logan Point for the mission field in Chihuahua, Mexico. Now she’s about to return home to the States, but there’s just one problem. After Bailey meets with the uncle of one of the mission children in the city, she barely escapes a sudden danger. Now she’s on the run–she just doesn’t know from whom. To make matters worse, people who help her along the way find themselves in danger too–including Danny. Who is after her? Will they ever let up? And in the midst of the chaos, can Bailey keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again? – from author’s website

This is the fourth book in the Logan Point series by Patricia Bradley. However, Logan Point is the not the main setting of the book. The majority of the action took place in Mexico or focused on Mexico. Because of my love for Mexico, I fell in love with the book, although at times I found myself wondering if people would only see the negatives of Mexico. I understand that it helped the storyline and that there are definitely places like what was described in the book. I was just a little concerned about it cementing the stereotypes people have about Mexico. I also found that, at times, the suspense plot seemed a little more complicated than necessary, making the ending dissatisfying for me. I felt like there were things that were unresolved, especially between Danny and Bailey. Overall, the suspense and romance drew me into the story and kept me turning pages, but I did leave the book feeling disappointed in how it ended.