By Dani Pettrey
"Shattered" is the second book in Dani's series, entitled Alaskan Courage. The first one, "Submerged" was one that was so outstanding, that I had no doubt in my mind that this one could not possibly be as spellbinding!! I am pleased to say that I was wrong!! This one is not AS good, it is BETTER, if that is possible!! Dani has a real talent of writing books full of suspense, keeping you guessing throughout, and never could you succeed in solving her mystery. It is entertaining, but better than that, a book that fills the reader with nervous anticipation of what will happen next! It is sure to please all fans of suspense, begging the story to NEVER end!
It all begins with the return of Reef McKenna to his home in Yancey , Alaska. He is the prodigal brother who comes back to his beloved family, particularly his sister, Piper. She is enthralled to see him again, but life falls apart very dramatically, and she is totally devastated and shattered, when he is almost immediately arrested for murder. Piper is one determined young lady, willing to do anything to protect her beloved brother.
Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKenna family, however, he is sworn to finding out the truth. Did Reef commit a dreadful murder on an innocent victim? He is totally aware that those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. The sheriff is pushing for this case against Reef to go forward with no complications. Landon is determined to find out the whole truth, as he discovers some unexpected leads that may put his own career in jeopardy.
Piper, the faithful sister, complicates the whole investigation by attempting to solve the case herself, in order to declare Reef innocent. Landon is left feeling responsible for saving Piper from herself- her impetuous nature often leads to trouble and danger. Landon and Piper's long relationship/friendship further complicates matters. The search for truth extends throughout Alaska into Canada's rugged backcountry. With each step closing in on the truth, the already dangerous case becomes deadlier. Can Reef be declared innocent? Can Pepper be saved from impending danger as she gets closer to discovering the truth?
Dani's characters become very real to the reader. I felt the fear, the pain and worries of each of them . The McKenna family became mine. A truly good book to me, has to have realistic characters that I can identify with- this one certainly met my criteria. The personalities of each member of the family was in such detail that I could paint a picture in my mind.
The plot of the story has totally unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think the case is coming close to the end, another shocker is thrown in!! The surprises were around every corner !!
All I can say about this book is a big WOW!! A definite page turner, keep you up late at night to finish novel, makes you ignore your daily chores, kind of novel!! I could NOT put this book down until I had finished it! Totally unpredictable ending!!
Definitely a FIVE star book!!
About the Author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves-the thrill of adventure, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one's faith and plenty of romance. She's a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her web site at www.DaniPettrey.com!
This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.