THE STORY | Many years ago, three college friends lost the fourth member of their tight-knit group. While Griffin, Parker and Declan went on to find successful careers, what they don’t realize is the impact Luke is has on their lives.

‘DEAD DRIFT’: READERS WILL LOVE THIS NEW MYSTERY NOVEL. Review of the contemporary suspense novel by Dani Pettrey. Text © Rissi JC

All those years ago, Luke disappeared after being recruited by the CIA. Countless missions later, Luke is tracking the biggest criminal of his career; a terrorist who presents a grave threat to his homeland – and everyone he cares about. Now Luke needs the help of the law enforcement friends he left all those years ago, friends he keeps tabs on, and then there’s Kate …the girl who’s heart Luke broke.

Dead Drift, by Dani Pettrey | Book Review

REVIEW | When I read and wrote reviews for the first two books in author Dani Pettrey’s latest series (Chesapeake Valor), I didn’t realize a fourth novel would follow. You see, Luke is a big part of the respective pasts of these characters. His presence is that of a “shadow” character mentioned but never seen. This is why I assumed he’d remain this way. When the author made the announcement a fourth novel that would reveal Luke’s story would be in reader’s hands, the excitement was real.

The excitement and prospect of Dead Drift’s arrival isn’t misplaced. Inside these pages is a signature Pettrey novel full of exciting suspense and characters that readers love. (Plus the pace moves at a quick clip!). Since this is the final book, there’s a lot going on in this story. Both of which involve two story threads of the mysterious variety, both of which run through the entire series. Plus, the book runs on the shorter side (something I applaud!), and even still, the book tells a cogent story.

There’s romance interlaced with the back-and-forth breath-catching drama. There’s injuries, and build up to the conclusion that finds out if a HEA is in Luke’s future. Since Dead Drift is like the climax to a 3-book series that leads up to these events, I don’t want to say much for fear of giving away spoiler-y things. Suffice to say, this surprise fourth novel is wonderful.

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If you’ve read and like Dani’s novels, you’ll again find yourself on the hunt with Luke and Company as they do good. It’s a noble cause and again the kind of story that swells pride in the heart of this American. All this to say, after reading Dead Drift, I’m more excited than ever to discover what comes next from the talent of Dani Pettrey.


Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Chesapeake Valor, Book Four
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher, and author provided – thank you
Add the Book: Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★

Sincere thanks to TLC Tours/Bethany House and Dani Pettrey for supplying a promotional Instagram tour/launch team copy of this novel; all opinions are my own. 

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.


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