Set in Alaska, this is the fourth story in the Alaskan Courage Series about the McKenna family. This book opens with the death of a climber that turns out to be murder. Kayden McKenna and Jake Westin team together to solve it. As the mystery concludes, another story-line comes into focus that includes a dangerous stalker. Discovering the identity of the stalker is before someone is killed and time runs out, is the subject of the rest of the book.
A lot of characters from past books appear so that readers of the series can catch up, and get some clues about future books. This story can stand on its own, but I think it would be more enjoyable for the reader if other books in the series were read first.
I have read every volume in this series, and have liked most of them. The excellent first book is a tough act to follow. In this one, I really didn't like the two story-lines. The first part of the volume, which focuses on the murder investigation, seemed to go over the same ground repeatedly. Then when the murderer is discovered, it seemed so out of left-field that I thought something else would come along that would uncover the "real murderer"-but that didn't happen. The murder story-line was not wrapped up well, but just chopped off.
Next, a side story moved in to center stage. I didn't think the tale transitioned well, and the story really fell apart for me there. I did not like the stalker part of the story, it was really dark, evil and uncomfortable to read.
I really appreciate that this is a clean story, and written from a Christian point of view. I also liked getting "inside" the head of Reef, the youngest male in the McKenna Family. It is pretty obvious, though, that his story will be the next book in the series. I would really like to see a return of the surprise twists and turns to the McKenna stories contained in the first book. I wish I could rate this book higher than 4-stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
It's finally happened! I've finally read a book by Dani Pettrey! I've been wanting to read a book by her for ages now, so when I was offered a free copy in exchange for my honest review by Bethany House, I leapt at the chance! I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed.
Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series, and it mainly focuses on expert climber Kayden McKenna and man-with-a-past, Jake Cavanaugh. When Kayden comes face to face with a dead rock climber, she won't rest until the killer is found. Choosing to listen to his heart instead of his head, Jake decides to come alongside her and assist as deputy in the investigation. But as the mystery grows, Kayden and Jake will have to decide which is the bigger danger: a killer at large, or giving away the key to their hearts?
For the most part I'm mainly a Historical Fiction lover, but for a change of pace, I really liked this book! It starts out as a classic murder mystery with a plentiful suspect list and a million plausible motives. Then the story branches out a little, and it suddenly becomes a lot more dark and sinister than you'd originally expect. On one hand, I liked that. It switched things up a bit. On the other, it came across as a little disjointed. The shift was kind of abrupt and made me wonder about a few things that felt like loose ends.
But that may be because I didn't start from the very beginning of this series. The characters in Pettrey's books are all deeply connected, and while she does an excellent job of catching up a reader with all that's gone on before, I couldn't shake the feeling of coming late to the party. From this book alone, it appears as though relationships are big to Pettrey books. Both romantic and familial. I really enjoyed that aspect of it, but I think I'd need to go back and read the first three books to really "get" it.
Overall, Silenced doesn't quite get a spot in my "Favorites" list, but it does make me very glad to have tried out Pettrey and eager to read some of her earlier books! Who knows-maybe a "favorite" is hiding out there. :)
(I received this book for free from Bethany House on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
Dani picks up right where she left off but Silenced highlights Kayden and Jake's story. A story that I have been waiting to read since Pettrey's first book in the series. There was something mysterious about Jake from the beginning and was thrilled to find out his back story and get inside his head. His love for being a policeman never stopped and his skills are all still there in this book.
Kayden has also always been a favorite of mine. I think of all the girls Pettrey has written about I can relate to her the most. She has a hard exterior and a fear of letting people in. But will Kayden let Jake through that tough exterior?? Of course she does!! Don't worry that isn't a spoiler. It is how Jake breaks through Kayden's barriers that make this book worth reading.
One of my favorite parts of the book had to have been the wedding! Cole's and Bailey's of course! I just loved how Pettrey described the way Jake and Kayden were feeling while they danced. It just seemed amazing. So fun!!
Overall, Dani Pettrey is an fun and refreshing author. I love her style of writing. I love her characters. I love just the flavor she brings to her work. I can't wait for the final book.
I received the book Silenced by Dani Pettrey from Bethany House Publishers. It is the third book in the series, but, it is designed so that one doesn't have to read the first three to catch on.The main character Kayden McKenna is one touch chick! I really like her. It touches me that the whole McKenna family is close. They've been through some hard times but stick together. A perfect blend of suspense, survival, most of all romance. Beautiful. A really good, smooth flowing Christian novel. A real "page turner for sure", the suspense builds and you just can't imagine who the sluth is. Wow. I highly recommend this book by Bethany House Publishers.
The McKenna Family is in the midst of another Alaskan adventure (see Stranded) even as they prepare for Cole and Bailey's wedding. At first it looks like a case of murder gone wrong, but then the threats continue. With the help of two local sheriffs and Jake, a displaced Boston detective, the mystery will be solved as they follow the clues along the islands that form Alaska's southern boundary.
Jake is difficult to understand, especially for Kayden. She had vowed to stay away from men, yet she could not keep her eyes off Jake. He had lost his wife and child in a terrible accident which came from his self-confidence while working his final case before leaving Boston. Yancey, AK, was to be a place to hide - but his skills as a detective and role in the community kept pulling him to the front of the line. God, certainly, did not want him to be a detective, yet the friends he had made in Yancey kept pulling him back into that roll.
Relationships - Cole and Bailey, Kayden and Jake, and Reef (the prodigal son of the McKenna family) and Kirra - form the foundation of this book. Though not all, many of the characters also bring a deep and growing relationship with God to their story. It is this final relationship which gives this book special value to this reader.
In addition to the relationships, I was also enjoyed the time spent climbing the mountains and hills which make up the southern islands of Alaska. This fictional story was a fitting follow-up to the true story of Blind Descent by Brian Dickinson which I have just finished reading. Though my health, age, and abilities would make these climbing excursions an impossibility; the sights and sounds described by the author make for intriguing reading.
The book held this readers attention and recommended for those interested in reading a story centered the rugged terrain of the Alaskan frontier. With a hint of romance, a strong sense of spirituality, and a great deal of adventure, the book is worth the time spent this past week reading.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.