Obsession (Natchez Trace Park Rangers)

by Patricia Bradley

Paperback, 2021



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Revell (2021), 368 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. A ten-year-old murder case. An obsessed stalker. Can Natchez Trace Ranger Samuel Ryker keep his colleague and one-time love Emma Winters from the clutches of a man determined to make her his own?


Original language


Physical description

368 p.; 8.5 inches


0800735749 / 9780800735746

User reviews

LibraryThing member Virginia51
I loved the suspense and the romance that happens in this book. I loved Sam and Emma. I could not figure out until almost the end who was so obsessed with Emma. The author dies a great job of leaving some clues but not quite enough to let you know who is obsessed too early. I did not want to put
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this book down. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member lifeofliterature
Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was excited to read Obsession. This book has suspense and plenty of the “creep factor” that makes villains so devious. I thought the author did a great job of providing plenty of suspects during the story that had me questioning who the true
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villain was until the very end. The plot flowed quickly as the action never stopped. I like relationships that pick up years after an initial friendship as this creates a more realistic romance, and I thought Emma and Sam had good chemistry. I thought the spiritual content took a backseat compared to the action and suspense, but I did appreciate the themes of forgiveness tucked in the end. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the next by Patricia Bradley. I recommend this book to those who like contemporary suspense.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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LibraryThing member coastandanchor
Obsession is the second book in Patricia Bradley's series Natchez Trace Park Rangers. This suspenseful tale leads you on a journey of twists with several possible suspects. The two main characters Sam & Emma have a past full of misunderstandings and pain. When a stalker enters the picture, the
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rangers will have to work together in order to solve the case. To make matters worse, Emma is the target of a so called secret admirer. Is the murderer, stalker and shooter one and the same or are they all separate? It's up to Sam and Emma to figure it out.
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LibraryThing member eccl
Obsession by Patricia Bradley is book two in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger Series. Natchez Trace Ranger, Emma, is a historian who is working on mapping out the burial plots of the slaves buried in the park. When she is shot at, law enforcement is called and a former fiance, Sam, is there to work
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the case and takes it upon himself to make sure she is safe.
This is a wonderful story that is full of action and suspense with romance lightly mixed in. While this is part of a series, this is also a great stand alone story that is full of action and adventure. This is a great who done it type story that keeps the reader wondering who the person is and why. The story is well written with strong characters. I really enjoyed the parts about Emma's parents and the family dynamics.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, this is my honest review.
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LibraryThing member Anne_Rightler
Obsession, by Patricia Bradley, is an exciting continuation in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. From beginning to the end there is edge-of-the-seat action, twists to the plot, and the tension of romance that keeps the reader's interest high. As Sam and Emma reconnect, the layers of the past
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are peeled back to reveal the answer to her brother's disappearance of many years ago. Bradley expertly keeps the culprit's identity hidden until the very end. I was up til 3 AM finishing the book and cannot wait to read the next in this series.
I was given a complimentary advanced reading copy of the book by LibraryThing and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
Obsession is the second in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. This book captured my interest from the beginning. The heroine Emma Winters has a stalker but I don't think she ever realized the danger she was in. She was formerly involved with Sam Ryker but broke off with him ten years earlier
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when her twin brother went missing. She holds on to the hope that her brother is still alive. Around 75 percent into the book I thought I knew who was the stalker but I was wrong. There are some twists in turns in this book that keeps it interesting and suspenseful. I only got three hours of sleep one night because I wanted to finish this book.
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LibraryThing member alekee
This book will grab you and not let go until the final page is turned, and you will have your heart in your throat while reading, and holding your breath for answers.

A missing brother, a murder, shots being fired, and then stalking, and maybe throw in a little sweet romance.

I have read many books
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by this author including the first book in this series, and yes, this can stand along! This story quickly became a page turner, looking for answers and guessing whom the culprit is, and I guessed wrong a log.

I loved how much forgiveness for past happenings played here, and how the realization of wanting to be forgiven is the catalyst to forgiving.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member JaymeWill
Obsession is the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series by Patricia Bradley. Reading book one is not required, it does fine as a stand alone novel.

Obsession centers around Ranger Emma Winters. She is doing a digging project when someone tries to shoot her in the dark. She never
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expected her ex-fiance, Sam Ryker to answer her 911 call. Sam had finally forgiven Emma when he bumps into her again. While he tries to protect her, old feelings resurface and he finds he is falling in love with her all over again. When the target shifts to Sam, he and Emma must race to find who is responsible before they both end up dead.

Patricia Bradley is a very good author and I have enjoyed all her books. She writes great plot lines, likable characters, and delicious suspense.
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LibraryThing member TABrowne
I enjoyed this book so much I went back and got the first book in this series and read that too.

Patricia Bradley does a great job building her characters and their personalities. You definitely find yourself rooting for them or against them depending on who they are. The story is well developed and
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interesting. The scene is set and there is plenty of action with some complicated romantic entanglements thrown in.

This book is definitely worth a read and while it has people of Christian faith in it, living a life of faith; it isn't preachy or over used in the book.

I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.

I was sent a free copy with the hope of an honest review.
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LibraryThing member Eamace
How many more people would die before this person was caught?

The author has once again captured the reader with a mystery that requires intense concentration in order to even try to figure out who the perpetrator is. Emma and her twin brother Ryan had just celebrated their 21st birthday when he
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went missing. Years later there is still no body, no murderer and no closure!

Emma’s job on the interpretive side of the National Park Service has her surveying old slave quarters and a cemetery. When illegal digging occurs, shots are fired and attempted murders happen, law enforcement steps in. Who is the project backer that doesn’t want anything disturbed? Why is she suddenly the target of a stalker?

Sam Ryker works on the law enforcement side of the National Park Service. Cold cases are not usually within their jurisdiction, but when evidence is found regarding the missing person from years earlier, the case is reopened. Original reports are missing requiring further investigation. Suddenly there is more information that has been overlooked all these years. Will answers finally be found?

This ARC of Natchez Trace Park Rangers, #2 was received through Revell, Baker Publishing Group and NetGalley. The rating, impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.
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LibraryThing member croknot1
Definitely a page turner. It was never boring for me. I read the first book in the series, but I don't remember it much. I thought this one was great!
LibraryThing member milibrarian
This second book in the Natchez Trace Park Ranger series features Emma Winters who blames herself for her twin brother's disappearance ten years earlier. When she discovers a backhoe digging nearing a slave cemetery in the National Park one night, she is forced into working with her former
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boyfriend Sam Ryder, who is a law enforcement ranger. As they dig into solving a cold case murder, Emma is also being stalked by a man determined to make her his own, and she must reluctantly accept Sam's protection.

Characters from the earlier book appear only as minor characters in this story, making it possible to read this as a stand alone. With lots of action, red herrings, and vague clues as to the murderer's identity, this page turner will be enjoyed by those who like inspirational thrillers. The theme of forgiveness for both oneself and others adds an additional dimension to Sam's and Emma's characters.
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LibraryThing member KimPotter
Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in her Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. After ten years of wondering where brother her is, Ranger Emma Winters may be getting close to some answers. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, she also has an obsessed stalker after her. Emma’s
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ex-fiancé, Ranger Samuel Ryker is determined that nothing will happen to her as he helps her find the answers she so desperately needs. This was a page-turning thrill ride. I liked the little excerpts from the stalker that was thrown in here and there. It made the tension rise. Emma was a very strong character. She never crumbled when everything around her was falling apart. In some stories when the heroine finds out that the hero has been keeping a secret, they get all defensive and it takes many chapters to resolve everything. But Emma was able to see the reasons and act like a real person; not some melodramatic drama queen. I can’t wait for the next book!

I received this book from LibraryThing for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I have read this author before, though I don't think I read the first book in this series. I would put this in the romantic suspense genre because it's a bit more suspense than romance--though there is romance underlying the story.

Emma Winters wants to document an area of Natchez Trace but is being
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opposed by an unknown person through attorney Corey Coleman. Emma also has a brother who's been missing for 10 years.

Sam Ryker was her one time boyfriend and is now back in the area as a park ranger. There's also an unsolved girl's death where suspicion has been directed toward Emma's missing brother.

When people start shooting at Emma, Sam takes her personal safety quite seriously. Along the way, they solve several mysteries.

I like that Emma is independent and capable. I do think that drive to be independent works against her at times. Such as, I believe she knows that that a law officer's beverage was drugged earlier in t he novel and that there are several people under suspicion of being her stalker, yet she still accepts coffee someone she doesn't know brings. I like that Sam doesn't totally exclude her from the investigation--even though he really does want to keep her safe.

Note: I received an ARC of this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member fcplcataloger
Whew! This book kept me invested until the very end and even though I thought I knew the villain, I was never absolutely sure. In fact, I was wrong several times! This is labeled as romantic suspense, so you can count on some clean romantic chemistry but Obsession is first and foremost a
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mystery/suspense novel. There is also a strong faith thread that runs throughout the story, with forgiveness as the key element. If you're looking for a story with well-developed characters and an absorbing plot that keeps you turning the pages, you will want to read Obsession by Patricia Bradley. It's the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series and I certainly look forward to the next installment!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
As the title implies someone has an unhealthy attraction to someone. I can feel the shivers already as I recount the story. Emma is sometimes hard to understand. She is stubborn and wants to do things on her own. I was irritated with some of her decisions and thought she put herself in harms way
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unnecessarily. Now I did think her job was pretty unique.

I liked the mystery and thought that Sam was a great addition to the story. There is plenty of action but I did figure out who the stalker was which made the story not as fun to read. There is a few things I did like though. The lesson on forgiveness was very well written in the story and I loved how the author used it to help a few characters deal with the past.

The story is good but needed a bit more depth and less predictability. I do like the author and appreciate a book that has action. Overall not a bad story and I’m sure readers will enjoy it.

I received a copy of this book from The Librarything Early Reader Program. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Obsession by Patricia Bradley takes the reader back to the Natchez Trace and the rangers who preserve its history as well as protect the people that travel the famous pathway. The second book in the series features Emma Winters, a park service historian and Sam Ryker, her old flame, who is back in
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Natchez as the district’s chief law enforcement officer. Their romance ended a decade before after Emma’s twin brother went missing. While there’s no bad blood between the two, each one is reticent to renew the acquaintance. But when Emma is shot at during a night time visit to a historic site, the two are thrown together to uncover just what is going on. This novel was very suspenseful, especially since the reader is given repeated glimpses into the deranged mind of the bad guy. His identity isn’t revealed until the end, so I was kept guessing along with Emma and Sam. There were 3 very plausible suspects, and I had a hard time figuring out just whodunit! I really liked that — it kept me engaged in the mystery and turning the pages furiously. There’s great chemistry between Emma and Sam, although it took them some time to admit it. They have a lot of hurt feelings, grief, and guilt to get through. Forgiveness is a major theme, and not just for the two main characters. I lived in Mississippi during college, grad school, and my first job upon graduation, and traveled the Trace a lot (my then boyfriend/now husband lived 2 hours away). It was great revisiting old haunts.

While Obsession can be read as a standalone, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series with Standoff. With the third and final book, Crosshairs, coming out in a few days, you will have a lot of great reading ahead!


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to LibraryThing and the publisher for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
One aspect of Obsession and Standoff (the first in the series) that I really enjoyed was the setting. Before reading this series, I was not familiar with Natchez Trace Park which is run by the National Park service. It serves as the perfect backdrop for these very suspenseful reads.

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of the story was the well-written suspenseful plot full of twists and red herrings. Because I read a lot of suspense, I can often predict what is going on and who is responsible. All the red herrings prevented me from doing that in this story and I loved it. Obviously, I suspected who was really guilty. However, I couldn't decide between that person and some others on my suspect list. I was surprised at the end which is always a plus for me when reviewing a suspense novel.

I was given a copy of this book by the author and publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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LibraryThing member JKJ94
Obsession is the second book in Patricia Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, and I did not get a chance to read her first book in this series, Standoff. However, this book pulled me right in from the start and continued to the end, wow! Emma is not very happy that she has to work with
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her ex-fiancé Sam Ryker until someone shoots at her. The characters and plotline are solid, I enjoyed how it kept me guessing until the end, and for me, that is a page-turner. I highly recommend this book.

I would like to thank Revell for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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