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Shattered by Dani Pettrey

About the Book:
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Alaskan Courage” (book two)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Mystery, Sequel
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
 
Review: She may be the baby of the family but Piper is one determined girl. Her brother’s return to Alaska is shattered when he stands accused of murder. Fiercely protective of those she loves, Piper refuses to believe that Reef could ever murder anyone even as the evidence is mounted. Making matters worse, the one person Piper thought she could trust, is who makes the arrest. Deputy Landon Grainger is conflicted at the prospect of arresting Reef McKenna. For over ten years, he has been a part of their family and Cole’s best friend but now, in order to uphold the law, he has to follow where the evidence leads, only doing so will mean crushing Piper. Refusing to stand by helpless, Piper determines she’ll carry out her own investigation, and Landon can do nothing to stop her. In order to keep close tabs on her, he sticks to her side, wanting to protect the woman he has silently loved since they were kids…

It is rare for me to be giddy over a suspense work of fiction. Sure, I like the genre as well as the next person but it’s one I’ve drifted from since reading Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series years ago. Nothing seemed to intrigue like those books. Until now. In Dani Pettrey’s terrific character driven series, I feel as if I’ve stepped into a world that, although it's nothing more than fiction is in fact, very real. At the heart of the story is the McKenna clan. We likely remember Piper, the “pesky” youngest McKenna sibling whose apparent reckless choices suspiciously strikes a raging fear in the heart of family friend and Deputy, Landon Grainger. Piper is an interesting lady. Her character is easily loved and I particularly enjoyed her young age as it made her motivations and personality more relatable and easy to identify with. Everything Piper does is to protect her family, perhaps she even overcompensates with this trait because she is the youngest and most “protected” by each of her siblings. We feel Piper’s heart as she fights to clear her brother’s name. Because of Piper’s persistence, the story is actually a compelling one.

Normally, I don’t pay much mind to or anticipate the supporting cast of characters in a story. This series is a completely different scenario. It’s the support the McKenna’s lend one another that makes the outlines and background of the story so charismatic. In my naïve attitude, the task of creating genuine romantic sparks is one not easily surmounted. This is where Piper and Landon being an influential part of Submerged makes their story all the more poignant. Landon’s heart is Piper’s completely – perhaps even to a fault since he allows his anger, hurt and confusion to control the choices he makes. It’s a spiral that almost begins to rule him again as it once did in the past. Even though these characters are what makes the story charismatic and center every part of the narrative, none of this even begins to touch the suspense which is terrific. There isn’t a single hole to the plotting, written skillfully to make the reader work to figure out what the mystery is. Even the culmination of the ending is good. What surrounded the cause of the mystery was impressive and seemed plausible though surprising. Like she did with Submerged Dani Pettrey never shirks in creating nail-biting suspense. It’s a novel that will cause you to pause to catch your breath – in more than one of its beautiful vistas.
 
What’s Next: When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn't satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn't lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby's position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn't the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He's surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they've only discovered the tip of the iceberg. – September 2013

Synopsis: Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

With thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purpose

20 comments

  1. Yay! You liked it too! I don't get to post my review until March...the 13th, I believe. But I'm having trouble waiting because I did really enjoy this book! Desperate to read "Submerged."

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    1. Yes, indeed! I sure did. It was SO good. Definitely a must-read for any suspense fan. :)

      Oh, I know what you mean - the wait can be difficult if you want your readers to know about the book. Despite it being the 14th, cannot wait to read your review. :) And, I hope you get 'Submerged' ASAP. It's excellent also! :)

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  2. I wanto read the first book in this series since I've heard it was really good.Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh, it was, Ella! Hope you read it soon - will love to know your thoughts!

      Thank you for stopping by. :)

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  3. Never heard of this book before. May just have to give it a read soon :)
    xo TJ

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    1. If you like suspense fiction, TJ, this is an EXCELLENT read. :) Dani is one talented author.

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  4. I haven't read this series. Seems like I better check it out! :)

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    1. Yes, do, Kara! It's quite awesome.

      Will love to know your thoughts if/when you read it. :)

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  5. LOL, that anonymous comment got forwarded to me and made me laugh..."This piece of writing is in fact a fastidious one...it assists new internet users who are wishing in favor of blogging." These things...so pointless. Sorta like this particular comment. ;) But hey, it made me laugh!

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    1. Ugh! Those "anonymous" spam comments are annoying aren't they!? *sigh* Sometimes they're "real" but most the time it is easy to separate them because they always leave some form of "visit my web page." That is a dead giveaway. :)

      Your comment isn't pointless at all. :) Always need a good laugh.

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  6. This book looks really good! I admit to loving suspense novels - Terri Blackstock's Newpointe 911 series is still my all-time favorite...but that has alot to do with the fact that all the characters are First Responders, specifically...fire-fighters...my one weakness. ;) Anyways, now that I look like a totally idiot....have you read those before? The first book in the series, "Private Justice" is probably the most suspenseful book I've ever read, but once again, it's about fire fighters and that's a career line that FASCINATES me and always captures my attention immediately.

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    1. No, Kellie, those I've not read. Yet. ;)

      Given my love of Dee Henderson's O'Malley series and now, Dani's fantastic McKenna family saga (this family feels so real - as if they're your best friends), they sound good. My mother has read a couple of Terri's novels but cannot remember which they are... *goes to check* She read the first "Sun Coast" book and one called Predator...? For her, Terri's books are "hit or miss." Glad to know that "911" series is good. It sounds just like something I'd love. :) *Adds to Amazon list*

      This novel is especially good also. Hope you can get a hold of a copy - and let me know what you think!

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  7. I haven't really gotten into Contemporary Suspense yet, but these books certainly catch my eye! So glad you liked it. I may have to give "Submerged" a whirl. :-)

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    1. Really, Gwendolyn? You should check into it sometime unless you just don't see it as your "type." Then I completely understand. In fact I used to ignore suspense books after being freaked out by a mystery movie as a kid. Now, it is one of my favorite genres. Dani joins the ranks of Dee Henderson's 'O'Malley' series which was ironically probably my first foray into this genre. It's still one of the BEST series I've ever read. As is this one from Dani. (Good news is, we get FIVE books from this Alaska series instead of three!)

      Let me know if/when you ever read these - and what you think. :)

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  8. I decided not to read your review until I was finish. Hehehe... I'm with you, I was totally giddy over this one!! :D September can't come fast enough!

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    1. Oh, I know, right, Rosie! Where is September!? Am already eagerly anticipating Stranded and am giddy over the five books in this series - the standard seems to be three. Thanks to Dani, each McKenna gets their own story. How exciting! :)

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  9. Thanks for doing this book justice with such a great review...even after I read Reef's story, I have a feeling Shattered will remain my absolute favourite in this series. A big fan of the best-friends-who-realize-their-in-love plot device (Emma and Mr. Knightley anyone!), I thought Dani teased it out in this book perfectly, the tension and restrained passion between Landon and Piper making me hold my breath a few times in anticipation of what would happen next.

    Something else I also thought excellent was her brilliantly crafted introduction to Gage and Darcy's story; I found myself looking forward to their next scenes almost as much as the ones involving Landon and Piper!! (Spoiler Alert!!) My favourite moment would have to be when Darcy lets Meredith have it for her rotten treatment of such as wonderful man as Gage, and he turns out to have heard the entire thing…absolutely priceless, and rife with tenderness and feeling.

    I also loved the comparison you made between Alaskan Courage, and the O'Malley Series crafted by the talented Dee Henderson; the warm feeling of family is very front and center in both series, an anchor which works wonderfully and leaves the reader feeling at home with these people we have come to know so well.

    God Bless
    Eleanor Rose

    Sidenote: Have you ever read Dee's Uncommon Heroes series?

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    1. Hi, Eleanor! Thank YOU for reading! I appreciate it. I still hold a fondness for Submerged, perhaps because it was the first from Dani, but of course, I enjoy all of her books. Aw, I'm the same - I adore the Mr. Knightley/Emma dynamic! So fun. :)

      Darcy is a spitfire and I love her as a character - it's nice that Dani has set up her couples in the books proceeding each one and sometimes for more than just that (Jake and Kayden!). Yes, Dee's books are also some of my favorite and I just adore the family dynamics (both Dani and Dee do a fabulous job of making everything seem genuine) - and yes! I have read the Uncommon Heroes books. They too are good though my favorite is still the O'Malley family. If you like those kind of books, check out Susan May Warren's newest series or Denise Hunter's latest. They aren't suspense, but the family dynamics are fun. :)

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  10. I''ll be honest here and say that the first time I read Submerged, I kind of got a bit distracted by Landon and Piper, and so sort of skimmed over the parts of the book that didn't involve them...I should really read it again, a bit more thoroughly this time!

    Thanks for the recommendations...I confess I've recently just bought my very first Denise Hunter book. It's one I've been wanting to read for a while actually, Seaside Letters. I'm only about 1 quarter of the way through, but so far I am really enjoying her style.

    The story-lines for the second and third books in her Chapel Series are actually the ones which interest me the most, but I have to admit the covers for all three so far have been GORGEOUS!! Covers featuring real-life models are far and away my favorites.

    God Bless
    Eleanor Rose

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    1. Hey, that's okay! You really enjoyed Landon and Piper and it's not hard to see why; Piper is a dear, and while it took me longer to warm to Landon in this book (oddly enough), I adored him in book one though.

      Yay! I'm glad you're liking Denise Hunter's books. I've not read the series that has Seaside Letters in it though I've been told it's a must read. As for Chapel Springs, I agree - the covers are stunning and I just read the third book (it's oh-so-good!). Enjoy if/when you read them. :)

      Thanks - as always, for visiting, Eleanor. :)

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