SINS OF THE PAST. Missing by Dee Henderson. Shadowed by Dani Pettrey. Blackout by Lynette Eason Three great stories by three great authors. Each will keep you on the edge, the plot flows and each will be a surprising ending. Hint of romance with the twist of murder, stories that won't disappoint the readers.
This review is loooooong overdue! I read the book and then forgot to review it! :/ So here it is at last!
To be honest the only reason I requested this book is because I really wanted to read Dani Pettreys SHADOWED!It was all I imagined it to be and more! It was so cool to finally get to know the 5 Mckennas parents! (If you haven't read her Alaskan Courage series I highly reccomend it!!) It was by far my favorite Novella of the 3! I also really enjoyed reading Dee Hendersons MISSING! I took me a while to get into it at first but I stuck with it and was happy I did because the ending was intriguing! All in all as far as Novellas go these three are really well written!
* I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Dee Henderson - "Missing" A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance.
My thoughts: I probably cut my teeth on Dee Henderson's romantic suspense, and with good reason. Her O'Malley series was the best. I haven't cared for her more recent books, and honestly quit reading her stories. I wanted this collection due to Dani Pettrey's and Lynette Eason's inclusion, two of my three very favorite romantic suspense writers. I did greatly enjoy "Missing" and getting to know John and Sharon. A very slow romance, a mystery about an abducted senior citizen, and yes, I did figure out "who-dun-it" before the end of the book, but not the why. I was definitely engaged enough to keep reading to find out why. Good to read this novella by an old favorite.
Dani Pettrey - "Shadowed" Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who'd been the dead woman's roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.
My thoughts: Dani Pettrey once again knocks the story out of the book. Larger than life, with realistic characters that I fell in love with. It was neat to meet the beginnings of the McKenna family with this not exactly modern story that happened in 1979. Contemporary enough that most readers would remember that era, but wow, what a difference 30+ years make in the world. I loved Libby and John and enjoyed getting to know them as well as some other characters that appeared in Ms. Pettrey's Alaskan books. Loved the Coast Guard appearances!
Lynette Eason - "Blackout" A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it's hidden--only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?
My thoughts: Lynette Eason's Blackout has scary moments. I think it was the scariest of the three stories, and kept me riveted, I had to stay up until I finished it. I did figure out "Who-dun-it" with this book early, so that didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was the why.
Overall thoughts: If you love romantic suspense, absolutely don't miss this collection by three top authors. LOVED it. 5 stars. "I was provided a free PDF copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
Debs Dozen: Romantic Suspense from three of the best: Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason rock!
August 6, 2016
Age: Over 65
Debs Dozen: Romantic Suspense from three of the best: Henderson, Pettrey, and Eason rock!
Three of my favorite romantic suspense authors are Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. I have read most, if not all, of their books. In Sins of the Past, they have teamed up to provide a collection of three stories that perfectly illustrate the mastery of the genre.
Missing by Dee Henderson takes a Wyoming police chief, John Graham, and teams him up with Lt. Sharon Noble, of the Riverside PDa big city cop. Riverside is a suburb of Chicago. Johns mother is missing and Lt. Noble has the case. John is greatly impressed by what Lt. Graham and her team have already discovered about his moms case, but, of course, wants to retrace her steps himself. As the case progresses, John becomes drawn to Sharon and finds himself thinking of as other than a police officer.
Will the two of them contain their emotions to stay focused on the case? What will happen if Mrs. Graham isnt found? What does an estranged old friend have to do with her going missing? Youll love the byplay between John and Sharon and find the case intriguing with a very interesting twist. Four stars!
Dee Henderson is the author of numerous romantic suspense novels, including my favorites, the OMalley Family series. Dee has been nominated for a number of prestigious awards and is a lifetime resident of Illinois.
Shadowed by Dani Pettrey is a prequel to her acclaimed Alaskan Courage series. I was fascinated to read how the parents of the McKennas met and interacted. Ben McKenna is a young fisherman who also does whale-watching tours. Libby Jennings is a long-distance swimmer in Alaska for a race. The day she picks for her tour is wet and rainy, and she is the only person to show up. Ben asks her if shes noticed the weather and her quick retort is, I doubt the whales mind the rain. Shes intrigued from the start as Ben has named his boat I > WavesI Greater Than Waveswho on earth says that?!
Out on the water, they run into a disgruntled fisherman, see a majestic humpback whale leap into the air, and find a pod of orcas feedingwait, theyre not feeding. Theyre pushing something to the surfacea body! Ben recovers the body and Libby blanchesshe knows the person who died. The corpse is a rival Russian swimmer and Libby is instantly certain she did not drown but was murdered.
So starts a pursuit involving the beautiful Alaskan wilderness, spies, other swimmers, and lots of adventure. Will Ben and Libby solve the sinister plot? More than that, will they survive? And will they surmount the difficulties their careers present to their relationship? Another great yarn, Dannifour stars!
Dani Pettrey has won a host of awards, the Daphne du Maurier, two Holt Medallions, and Christian Retailings Best Award among others. She loves writing inspirational romantic suspense. She and her husband live in Maryland and enjoy spending time with their two daughters, a son-in-law, and a super adorable grandson.
Blackout by Lynette Eason involves a young woman, Macey Adams, once implicated in a robbery gone badand shes now at risk because the real felon is being released from prison on parole. Can she find someone who believes her? She really doesnt remember that nighther memory has always been missing of that time, but now is slowly returning.
Chad Latham, a neighbor and a detective, who has always cared for Macey, but has been careful to remain just a friend, hears a terrifying cry coming from Maceys house. Bolting from his, he runs to her aid. He finds her shivering and shaken; someone has tried to break into her house. About the time they are concluding she may have made a mistake, a note wrapped around a rock comes bulleting through her window. Someone wants what she knows and what they think she hasthe loot taken in the robbery. But Macey cant remember, although her memories are slowly coming back.
Protective urges in full swing, Chad convinces Macey to stay with him and has his partner come to chaperone. Dangerous things keep happening and they are convinced someone wants Macey dead. Who is after her? Why cant she remember? Will Chad and his partner, Lilly, be able to keep her safe and solve the puzzle? Lots of twists and turns, characters and creeps. Youll love the bookfour stars, Lynette!
Lynette Eason has written several wonderful romantic suspense (Ive read them all) series including Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, and Hidden Identity. Shes a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and received a Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Lynette has a masters in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina.
Bethany House, a division of Baker Books, gave me a copy of Sins of the Past in exchange for my unbiased review.
Huddle down in a quiet place and prepare yourself to be there until you've finished this book. It is a "do not want to put down" read. I have been a fan of Dee Henderson, her books never disappoint. I recently found Dani Pettrey's books and I instantly became a fan. Lynette Eason is also an author I just recently started to read her books and again became a fan.
These 3 authors are ladies who writings make you keep turning the page to find out the who, why, when, how and where of the crime needing to be solved. So, slap on that Sherlock Holmes cap, grab Watson and get to investigating.