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.
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.