Kayden is a strong, independent woman determined to live a healthy life with a secret fear. Jake had a past that he kept secret for a long time, but it has finally been revealed. We met both characters in the previous Alaskan Courage books, and watched them slowly draw closer to each other. When the discovery is ruled a murder they work together to figure out what happened and why. The action and suspense is written very well without explicit details. The McKenna family is close and in their tight knit community each one is involved in solving the mystery of the incidents directed towards Kayden and Jake that are no accidents. The series concludes with Reef's story in Sabotaged.
Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series following the adventures of the McKenna siblings. They own and operate an outfitting and adventure tour company. I love the setting, an island town in Alaska, and I love the characters and always eagerly await the next book. I'm a little unclear as to whether or not this is the last book in the series as it didn't entirely finish up the story of the last sibling, Reef, but I think it is.
My one beef with this book is that I wish the back story for Jake had been explained a little more at the beginning. I'm sure we were told more details in the last book but I read it quite a while ago. I would have found a recap helpful. It sort of comes out throughout the story but it felt like the author was alluding to things I either forgot or just didn't know.
While the books in this series each center around one sibling, and their love interest of course, there is enough going on within the family that I would recommend starting with the first book and reading them in order or you will miss out on a lot.
This has been my favourite series in the last couple years and while I will be sad to see it finish up, I'm excited to see what Dani Pettrey writes about next.
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This fourth book in the Alaskan Courage Series centers on Kayden McKenna. She is relaxing with a day of rock climbing when she comes upon a dead climber. Evidence points to murder. The sheriff asks Jake Cavanaugh to help in the investigation, deputizing him. Jake, who long hid his previous law enforcement career, is back on a case.
Kayden and Jake team up to find the killer, someone within the tight climbing community. Soon it appears the killer is after Kayden and Jake. Woven into the suspenseful story is the romance between Kayden and Jake.
I have read all the books in this series and I found this one the least satisfying of them all. The initial murder seemed to serve only to get Kayden and Jake working together on a case. That seemed a little strange to me since the (ultimate) murderer already knew that Jake loved Kayden so the planned revenge could have happened without the two working together on the climber's case. So I am not sure of that murder's role in the over all plot. Also, the romance between Kayden and Jake was simple and fast. No great obstacles to overcome, although I suppose one could say those obstacles happened in previous novels. It did seem too simple and too rushed to me.
Also, I wish there was more description of the Alaskan landscape. I do appreciate novels grounded in a setting with the characters noting the scenery.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy this novel. There is plenty of action and the importance of Christian faith is prominent.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Silenced is the fantastic fourth installment in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series. As in each of the previous books, this story includes an exciting cast of characters but focuses particularly on one of the McKenna siblings This time the spotlight is on Kayden.
Having read to this point in the Alaskan Courage series, the McKennas and other characters seem like old friends. Dani writes with such clarity and detail that all the people come alive off the pages. And the adventures they take part in keep a realistic and exciting level of suspense working throughout each book. Silenced is certainly no exception.
Dani will finish the series with Reef's story in Sabatoged, coming in the spring of 2015. I can't wait to read that one as well!
Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of Silenced in exchange for my honest review.
This is probably my favorite in the Alaskan Courage series thus far. I always loved Kayden and Jake as characters and their relationship blooms in Silenced. From the beginning Dani grabbed me and did not let go until the last page! Two mysteries swirl through the plot causing Jake and Kayden to become closer partners to survive the danger and solve the cases! Two weddings also take place with the promise of more to come! I LOVE the new and interesting characters that join the cast. And I can't wait for the hinted after, and beautifully set up, next book with the wild baby brother Reef as the lead McKenna sibling. I am worried though because I don't want this series to end! :D Suspense and plot twists abound, and it's not short on adventure either! A fabulous must read!!!
Songs that I think go with Silenced (my list consists of songs I think fit and some from Dani's picks):
"Press On" by Mandisa,
"Before the Morning" by Josh Wilson,
"Worn" by Tenth Avenue North
"Carry Me" by Josh Wilson,
and "Press On" by (Feat. Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew) Building 429 feat. Blanca Callahan of Group 1 Crew
And here's Dani's picks
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in now way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Silenced. ~ASC