Silenced by Dani Pettrey

May 16, 2014
About the Book:
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author, publisher
Publication Date: May 2014
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Series: Alaskan Courage, Book 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Romance/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 out of 5

There is nothing quite so disappointing as a series that introduces us to a
cast of beloved characters – whether they’re considered primary or secondary,
only for some of them to never have their own story. Most series come out as
the usual three-book trilogy, which for the best kind of books is never enough.
Coming across a series that spans five books
and covers all of its family members – the McKenna siblings, was something I
hadn’t anticipated so learning it was a journey with talented suspense
author, Dani Pettrey was a very good thing. Silenced
is book four in the adventurous, Alaskan-set series about a group of five
siblings, which focuses on eldest sister, Kayden McKenna and the man who
has quietly loved her. Ever since the McKenna’s “adopted” him, Jake Westin’s troubled
past – one he fled from in Boston, has slowly healed by loving Kayden. Only
trouble is, Jake’s love is unrequited. Mistrusting Jake’s unusual knowledge of criminology
and refusal to reveal his past, Kayden closes off her heart to him with no
promise to accept the honorary McKenna until the truth of his past is exposed,
and when events place Kayden with Jake – particularly when she discovers a body
during a family day of rock climbing, the McKenna family must chase the truth to piece together a mystery.

Anyone who puts up with my book tweets
will know that I read at the pace of a turtle, which is why I have to confess
that I devoured the better part of this book in one day. Peeps, it was that good. For those of us who are “team
McKenna,” this is the book that Dani has built up to be the “one” we were all
anxious to get our hands on. It wasn’t long in book one before we realized Jake’s heart had
been given to Kayden, which meant all that was left was for the readers to
figuratively cheer on Kayden to wake up to the depth of that love. For multiple
reasons, this was the book that left me breathlessly awaiting its arrival, one
of which I’ve talked about enough and won’t bore you. The other being the
subtlety with which this love story was crafted, the care with which it was handled
– anyone who thought that the actual story wouldn’t live up to the teasing, I
think it’s safe to say, everyone is going to appreciate Jake and Kayden’s
story. It’s full-on in excitement and the love story is all the more precious
because of the bantering story between these two characters. Before reading Silenced, I’d learned that the format
took a different approach than the normal suspense novel which raises curiosity,
however, in reading the book, I can confidently say that it’s proof that the
upkeep of a secret can be revealed prior to the final ten pages and
brilliantly, can work – and be very effective.
In Pettrey’s hands, there is no lost gap between the guessing game reveal we
expected to last until the final remnants and the final half of the book – it
remains a solid page-turner.

There are adventurous books that
struggle with meeting a happy medium of keeping the reader turning the pages to
propel an escape from the “danger” chasing the characters and good character
building. This is not one of those novels. The characters are magic in this
series, which is what makes the suspense work so well – it’s the characters who
bring it all together. To some, Kayden may seem a heroine difficult to relate
to because she doesn’t effortlessly open up or outwardly show love; she’s an internal
person who loves fiercely, and she is
passionately loyal to family and their traditions. The girl doesn’t wear her
heart on her sleeve which is what makes her such a strong person – and in a
way, this is also her greatest weakness and what makes her fragile, and as a
reader, I love her all the more for who she is, not what the expectation of who
she should be is. Then there is Jake. (*swoon*) I cannot tell you all what a
fantastic hero he is. In some ways, he’s very much like Kayden – loyal,
protective, kind, moral, and secretive. These two are well matched – Jake is
going to have to draw Kayden about of the protective shell she’s made for
herself, and similarly, Kayden – even if unintentionally! – has opened up
Jake’s heart to the fullest love, just the way God intended.

Coming to book four is bittersweet. As I
reluctantly closed the final page of this novel, I realized again how close we
are to the end of these Alaskan adventures (happy with Silenced, we are back “at home”) that come alive in our mind so
easily. There are weddings (I cannot say how beautifully Cole and Bailey’s
wedding sequence was – I loved that we had Cole’s point-of-view when it was most
important), more insight to youngest sibling Reef and I suspect, we have met
the girl who is about to steal his heart. With her flair for descriptive
scenery, beautiful family ties and adventure that is more than just
one-dimensional, Dani Pettrey has again written another 5-star piece of
high-stakes escapism. These aren’t just books that have found a spot on my shelf, they’re
books about people I feel like I know. That’s the best kind of story there is.

                                                Fun Extras
now-May 21st

Romantic Suspense’s Rising Star Returns with an Electric New Thriller

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

Kayden and Jake soon realize that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is on to 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. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Dani Pettrey: Reef’s story, which arrives Spring 2015.

Sincere thanks to author Dani Pettrey (and publisher) for providing a complimentary
copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

© Copyright 2011-2014 Dreaming Under the Same Moon / Scribbles, Scripts and Such


  • Anonymous

    May 16, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Great review! I love Dani's books & have really been looking forward to reading Kayden & Jake's story! :)

    1. Rissi

      May 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You're going to love it, Aerykah! It's worth all the hype and wait. :) Enjoy.

  • Dani Pettrey

    May 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, Rissi. I'm moved, humbled and honored. Thank you SO much for taking time to read and write such an amazingly poignant review. Means so much to me :)

    1. Rissi

      May 17, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Dani, thanks for dropping by! I meant every word sincerely in this review and am honored to have the chance to read Silenced. Thank you for sharing the McKenna stories with us – we're on pins and needles for that final book. :)

  • Ganise C.

    May 17, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Music to my ears. Going to ''like'' your review on Amazon! I've finally recently received this one and I'm making my way through it. Way to go Rissi for such a heartfelt and generous review.

    1. Rissi

      May 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

      Aw, yay! I'm so pleased you have Silenced now, Ganise and are reading through it. I sure hope you're liking what you've read thus far. *fingers crossed* For me, this is one of my favorite of the McKenna novels thus far – I couldn't chat enough about it nor did I want to put it down.

      Happy reading – and thanks for the Amazon "like." :)

  • Tressa S

    May 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I've got this one on my Kindle and need to read it. I've helped promote it this month (wasn't the promotional giveaway and tour so fun??!!!), but haven't gotten to reading it yet. Now I need to bump it up – after the Inpy's.

    1. Rissi

      May 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

      The promotional information Dani puts out each year is fabulous and I'm grateful to be a small part of it – how fun to take part with SO many fellow fans, too! :) Squee! You most certainly do need to bump this one up. So. Much. Good. Will be looking for your review, Tressa. Eventually. ;)

  • Mrs. Pedersen

    June 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I absolutely ADORE this series. I've read the first three books, and cannot wait to get my hands on the next one!

    1. Rissi

      June 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

      Same here, Heather! Loved this series and like you, am both excited and have feelings of bittersweet emotions about the final book. :)

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