Silenced by Dani Pettrey: Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Book Review

Synopsis from the Back of the Book:

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again – but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Kayden’s climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.

My review:

This author is very talented and now one of my favorite suspense authors. I really enjoyed the fast paced suspense sprinkled with romance that I have become pleasantly accustomed to. I also loved that just when I think I have some idea of where the suspense is headed, I was given a twist. There was a one line clue to who the killer was that I almost missed. I had to go back and read the line twice and I was tickled that I caught it. It was great to revisit the McKenna family and get to read Jake and Kayden’s story.

I didn’t really care for Kayden from the previous books and it was a little difficult for me to get past those feelings in the beginning of this book. She took stubbornness to an extreme. Even though I could understand why she was that way, there were still times when I got annoyed with her for being so stubborn. But her personality is what made me like Jake so much and I was rooting for them to get together.

My feelings about Jake were the opposite of Kayden. I liked him quite a lot as I learned about him in the previous books. This book just gave him a greater depth. I loved his patience with Kayden. He didn’t push her when she was being super stubborn. He had taken the time to get to know her and knew how to deal with her in the best way. I think most women want a man that is that caring.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

I liked the twists that made this book slightly different from the other ones (can’t say more than that without spoilers). I also enjoyed getting to know Jake more. He was a very admirable man.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I didn’t like Kayden’s excessive need to be independent. Sometimes she annoyed me with it. But I do think that Jake will be good for her.

My rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?

Yep. The suspense is fast paced with some twists that I really enjoyed. I love the way that this author puts the characters faith on the pages as they would normally live it without being preachy. This is the fourth book in the series and it is a standalone story, but please don’t read it out of order, particularly with Jake. He and Kayden’s relationship is present throughout each book and it makes their characters so much better when you get to their story.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Dani Pettrey, Author Website

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