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.
I have loved Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series since the very beginning, and Silenced makes a venerable fourth offering. Silenced advances the timeline for the earlier characters as they move ahead with relationships and marriages, but it's mainly the story of Kayden McKenna. Kayden is fearful of disease, worried about love, and protective of her family - and that winning combination makes her an amazing lead.
Jake matches Kayden stride for stride. He's smart, kind, and in love with Kayden - which makes him super protective of her - except that somebody's coming for her, and neither of them can figure out whom or why.
It's this type of tough-but-vulnerable characters that make the Alaskan Courage series for me. The people are heroic but each one has an Achilles heel which makes them feel human. Pettrey breathes life into her characters through the details, the love, and the adventure with which she builds each one, and it's this infusion of heroism that makes them fascinating.
I must admit that turning the last page of this story made me a bit sad - because I know that there is only one more in the series. I'm enjoying the McKennas as much as ever and am not ready to leave behind my journey with them. It is with mixed feelings that I anxiously await the final book in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens with Reef, but I might have to read it slowly to draw out the suspense and enjoyment.
Then again ... read a Pettrey book slowly?
Nah. It'll never happen. I'll be flying through it as quickly as possible.
Just like always.
That's the sign of a good book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Silenced is the fourth book in this series. I was so excited to learn there will be a fifth. When I saw her first book 'Submerged', it caught my attention. I am so glad I gave a new author a try. Read this series but read them in order. You will know the characters and what makes them the people they are. This is Jake and Kayden's story. This was an enjoyable read with the mystery starting right away. Kayden is rock climbing and finds a body. It didn't take long to find out it wasn't an accident. Jake and Kayden work together to solve the mystery. Working so closely together they must finally confront their feelings for one another. This book has murder, mystery, danger and romance. A nice enjoyable relaxing read.
Dani Pettrey has done it again!!!! SILENCED, her fourth book in her Alaskan Courage series is a suspenseful mystery with just the right amount of romance in it. You will get pulled into Kayden and Jakes's story from the very first page. You will love spending time with the whole McKenna family again. Dani's characters and writing has so much depth, you will feel like you are right there with the characters experiencing what they are going through. From the first page where Kayden and her sister, Piper, are climbing and hanging on the edge of a seven-hundred-fifty-four-foot-sheer cliff face; to where Kayden finds a dead body on the next crested ridge; to the exciting roller coaster ride through the book; as you turn the last page, you won't be able to stop reading. You will sense the danger that Kayden and Jake are in as Jake's past comes up to threaten him and those he loves. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. Through this book, you will experience and see how God is in control of every aspect of our lives. We can't live on the "what ifs" but are to live our lives to the fullest and not in fear. I love how Dani brought this out in her story. Grab your copy of SILENCED today; settle in your favorite reading spot with a hot cup of coffey and be prepared to enjoy hours and hours of pure reading pleasure. I recvied a complimentary copy of this book from Dani and Bethany House for my honest review. Thank you Dani and Bethany House for this awesome book!!!! tabby
I have to start out with the fact that I did read the other three books in this series and absolutely loved them!! Now on to book four. I have to say, this book didn't grab me like the other ones did, there were some things, that readers of the previous books will catch. This story opens with Kayden and Jake in love?? What? The last book ended with them at each other's throats. So once I got past that, I did enjoy the story, as a mystery, suspense fan I felt Dani took some liberties with the investigation side of the story. Allowing Kayden to be more involved than realistic. But it didn't ruin the story for me. So my overall thoughts, great story, and one that you don't want to miss as you wrap up the series. Definitely would recommend this book to others, and I do look forward to what is next from Dani Pettrey. 4 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.