Silenced, Alaskan Courage Series #4
An absolute thriller!
WoahÃ¢ÂÂ¦ This book is an absolute thriller! I seriously could not put it down. Dani has honestly lifted this already fantastic series to even greater heights with Silenced. The story and the characters are completely captivating. KaydenÃ¢ÂÂs struggle with her fears is so easy to relate to. Most of us have been there or know what itÃ¢ÂÂs like to be afraid. I really admired KaydenÃ¢ÂÂs inner strength and the way she developed in the book. And Jake, honestly what can I say? He is truly one of the most remarkable male characters I have ever come across in a book. He has been knocked down many times, yet he does not give up. You canÃ¢ÂÂt help but be full of admiration for him and how the hard times have shaped him into an even better man - a true hero. Silenced is such an uplifting book that truly inspires you and has you cheering the characters on. Add in an evil villain who is determined to have revenge and fingernail-biting suspense and you are all set for another thrilling adventure with the McKenna clan. CanÃ¢ÂÂt wait to find out Reef and KirraÃ¢ÂÂs story in the next exciting instalment!
July 15, 2014
A fantastic read!
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.
July 7, 2014
This is a Dani Pettrey book, need I say more?
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.)
July 7, 2014
Excellent Romantic Suspense
Alaska, to me, is an exotic location. But IÃ¢ÂÂm warm blooded, so I donÃ¢ÂÂt see Alaska as romantic. And IÃ¢ÂÂm more than a little in awe of the outdoor lifestyles the McKenna family appear to lead in that cold climate. ItÃ¢ÂÂs definitely foreign, and itÃ¢ÂÂs 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 JakeÃ¢ÂÂs investigation because of her climbing knowledge.
IÃ¢ÂÂm 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. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs not to like? Having said that, itÃ¢ÂÂs a book best considered a quick and entertaining read, as there were some oddities around the plot (like how the first half didnÃ¢ÂÂt actually relate to the secondÃ¢ÂÂthey 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 KaydenÃ¢ÂÂs brothers and sisters (and their respective spouses), and it will be easier to keep these straight if youÃ¢ÂÂve read the earlier books. Recommended for romantic suspense fans.
Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free book for review.
July 1, 2014