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.
Submerged, Shattered, Stranded and now Silenced- all title's in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series and I must say that I have enjoyed each one as you get to know up close and personal the McKenna siblings and all the many suspenseful happenings in their lives. I have to say that I really was looking forward to this one as this time it was Kayden MeKenna's turn. This is the McKenna daughter who looked exactly like her mother, but ever since her death had remained pretty closed off to those around her. The story opens with a bang as Kayden finds a dead body while she is out on one of her recreational rock climbs- so much for a relaxing rock climbing experience. Kayden teams up with former police detective Jake Westin (Cavanaugh) as he is coaxed out of retirement by newly appointed local Sheriff Landon Grainger - (Piper McKenna's fiance'.) As this case unfolds and the two are working closely together to crack it we get a closer look at Jake's back story as well- a police detective with a sad story- a case gone wrong which ended the lives of his wife and their precious daughter, not yet born. As the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, a whole other mystery pops up, one which is very dangerous for both Kayden and Jake, but which also draws them closer and closer together.
I have to say that this story begged the question- "what drives you?" If you think about it we are all driven by something- whether it be fear, guilt, revenge or love, and we get to choose what that might be. Our choices then dictate the course that we set ourselves on. As the stories of Kayden and Jake come out more fully and even the "bad guy" of the story, it is a clear picture of what drives each character. I feel it is very well done and so all those choices make sense and play out well in the storyline . And so for instance, we understand why Kayden is the way she is in terms of extreme self- discipline with her health etc., and we get it why Jake's has a fierce protective side towards Kayden. And so of course, that leads to why it makes total sense that Kayden and Jake are attracted to each other and how they help each other see that the thing that we should be driven by is a relationship with God, any other forces lead to ruin. The suspense part of the story, as usual is well played and you will find the pages turning faster and faster towards the end of the book as you reach the climax of the story.
I am very glad to have discovered Dani Pettrey and have really enjoyed this series. I know that I will be among the many that will be greatly looking forward to the next book in the series- Sabotaged which tell's Reef McKenna's story, oh Spring of 2015, hurry up and get here!
I was graciously given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.