Dani Pettrey's fourth installment in the Alaskan Courage Series is out and she hasn't missed a beat yet!
Silenced was an exciting read filled with an amazing cast of characters. Most of them are all familiar to readers who have been following the series all along. I read this book from that perspective, having started with Dani and the McKenna clan in book #1 Submerged. I am not a good person to ask how the story holds its own to a reader just joining the fun. However, each of the past characters plays a supporting role in the book, continuing on with their story lines slightly. This makes the characters more fleshed out then just names and casual mentions.
I have been looking forward to this story line since the middle of book #3 Stranded. Kayden always drew my curiosity in the ways she poked and prodded at Jake, hoping to prove him a fraud. In book #3 we all got a glimpse into his secretive past making us all, Kayden included, like him a little bit more.
Now in Silenced we have the full growth of that change into a budding romance. And a sweet one at that. Jake is anything but a fraud. He is a gentle man filled with protectiveness, spirit and faith. He fights hard to protect the woman he's falling for and the family that supports her. A wonderful hero.
It was also fun to peel back some of the hardened outer layers of Kayden and see into her heart. She is a strong woman with her own demons and secrets to secure. Yet, with faith, time and the gentle prodding of a compassionate, caring man she learns to reveal her true self.
The suspenseful plot was responsible for a few late nights, but thankfully I was compelled to finish it in only a few days! Pettrey has a gift for keeping the reader moving along. Her twists and turns are engaging and believable. This book is tops in that category. I can't even tell you why, or I might spoil the ride for you. Loved the twist!!
Again, Pettrey sets the stage for another round. The book adds in a couple new points of view later in the book as bad-boy brother Reef gets a voice along with newcomer Kirra. At first this threw me off. I found it distracting to the story line my heart was invested in. It became clear as the story went along that this was the pre-staging for the next book Sabotaged. However, it was a bit jolting so late in the story. Even still, I am looking forward to see what trouble those two characters will get in to. (Release February 2015.)
Overall, a fantastic addition to your summer reading list! Excitement, romance, enthralling settings and deep, engaging characters - a perfect mix!
Thanks to Bethany House, and the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts are my own and I was not required to review it positively.
This is a Dani Pettrey book, need I say more? OK, so for this actually to be a review I DO have say at least a little more. I LOVE suspense, got hooked years ago on mystery and suspense and have devoured the genre since. I read the first book in the Alaskan Courage series last year and have enjoyed each succeeding title.
Silenced has everything it takes to make a good suspense story. One of my favorite parts of reading mystery/suspense is trying to figure out who-done-it but Dani Pettrey had me really stumped on this one, I totally did not see it coming.
Another great story from a wonderful author, Silenced will grab your attention and hold it whether you are looking for romance, suspense, or the great outdoors, it has them all and then some.
Dani Pettrey has a confirmed fan in me and I will be eagerly awaiting, not only the final book in the series, but also any future books.
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Alaska, to me, is an exotic location. But I'm warm blooded, so I don't see Alaska as romantic. And I'm more than a little in awe of the outdoor lifestyles the McKenna family appear to lead in that cold climate. It's definitely foreign, and it's the perfect setting for a romantic suspense series.
Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series, each of which centres on one of the McKenna siblings. Kayden (female, despite the masculine name) is out rock climbing one day when she finds a body. What is first thought to be an accident soon proves to be murder, and Kayden finds herself pulled into the Jake's investigation because of her climbing knowledge.
I'm a real romantic suspense fan, and Silenced ticks all the boxes. Great location. Lovable hero. Strong heroine. A problem to solve. A mystery antagonist who is out to get them. A close family. And a strong faith element running through it all. What's not to like? Having said that, it's a book best considered a quick and entertaining read, as there were some oddities around the plot (like how the first half didn't actually relate to the secondâ€”they found the murderer so quickly I thought it must be a red herring and they were going to reveal that someone else actually did it. But no). Enjoyable, but it will pay not to think about it too much.
While the mystery and romance plots are self-contained, there are a lot of references to Kayden's brothers and sisters (and their respective spouses), and it will be easier to keep these straight if you've read the earlier books. Recommended for romantic suspense fans.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free book for review.
Dani Pettrey is the only suspense author I know that can take me out of my typical genre reads and bring me into the world of romantic suspense! She has such a way of writing a story that sucks you in from the first page and leaves you on a thrill ride until the very end! Silenced was no different for me!
It was awesome to get more of Kayden's story and her passions from her perspective! I had such a fun time of getting to know her better concerning her fears and strengths! I didn't realize she could even be such an awesome detective and seeing her work with Jake so good was unexpected for me! I also enjoyed hearing more of Jake's story and some of his struggles! It was great seeing him really in his element concerning the police force!
The overall suspense in this one was different then the past novels Dani has written, but still great! It actually had a tougher edge in realizing who the killer was and had me unprepared in how the story would play out!
One thing I was slightly bummed about was I didn't feel there was as big Gospel message as there has been in her past books! Don't get me wrong there was a great message of Christ and the power of change He does in people, but I was hoping for a Little more!
Silenced is not a novel to be missed if you enjoy suspense! Not only will you be on the edge of your seat, but you will also receive a powerful message of God being in control! Dani Pettrey will continue to be one of my favorite authors!
I give Silenced by Dani Pettrey a 4.5 out of 5 stars!
*(I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
Suspense that will have you sitting on the edge...
June 22, 2014
I LOVE this book. It was filled with so much suspense that I just didn't want to put it down. From the beginning to the end I was at the edge of my seat!
I was captured by this book. There is definitely suspense from beginning to end.
The author draws you into her novel and the words easily flow and hold you. Everything is so very well explained, and all scenes are created in just a way as if you feel as if you are right there alongside the characters!
What I loved most about this book was the twist and turns in suspense! I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that this book doesn't leave you wanting for more mystery and suspense. I literally found myself on the edge of my seat, sitting straight up in bed, holding my breath, and chewing on my lip at times I was so nervous and captured!
I also found myself frustrated while reading this book mainly because Kayden and Jake each in their own way was just so stubborn! I wanted to shake them and give them a good talking to. They are each attracted to each other, but neither will act on their feelings. It is so frustrating to see romance and sparks between two characters only for them not to act on it because of their own ridiculous reasons. Jake knows that Kayden is emotionally unavailable and believes she has no interest in him. Because of this and his past he fears telling her how he really feels will push her away so he keeps it to himself.
Kayden will simply not allow herself to feel. Terrified because of the loss of her parents due to health reasons she doesn't want to feel that type of pain again nor does she want to inflict that kind of pain on anyone. Despite the fact she is giving up love and personal happiness she is determined to go it alone and live the healthiest lifestyle she can.
Another wonderful aspect of this book is the closeness of the McKenna siblings and friends. They all hold faith in God and stick together in unimaginable ways. I fell in love with all of them in my own way. And to see God so strong in not just a few but many of the characters lives was so refreshing. Not to mention all the characters have such a strong personality each their own! No character melts into the next, and each is interestingly unique. I can't wait to go back and read the other books in this series to find out about more of the characters, and I especially can't wait to read the next book after this one. I'm hoping it tells more on Reef and Kayden and Jake. I was definitely left wanting more.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more information on Conrad Humphries death. I was really wanting more information on that. I can't go into specific details on that because I don't want to spoil anything.
Even though this is Book 4 in the Alaskan Courage series it does well as a stand alone book. All the characters are present, but this is more of Kayden and Jake's story. You get snippets of the other characters which makes you want to go back and read the other books dealing with their individual stories. Each of the novels are centered around suspense so you know they are all going to be page turners.
I urge you to give this book a read. Go out and get it and read it as fast as you can! :)
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.