Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey – Suspenseful Stories and Threats Return to Chesapeake Valor

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Chesapeake Valor, Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Suspense, Mystery
Source: Author Provided Copy – thank you, Dani.
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Rating: ★★★★½

As a seasoned pro working as an FBI agent, Declan Grey has seen some strange cases. But none have felt quite so threatening as the one currently occupying his time. Terrorists and threats, along with unknown players hiding in plain sight makes Declan’s case all the tougher. Plus, this one is personal – in more ways than Declan realizes.

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With his partner on leave, Declan is paired with Tanner Shaw, a crisis counselor with the agency. Compassionate and dedicated to her work, Tanner is as invested as Declan, particularly, the plight of immigrants. But as the work together, the more their feelings change. Raising more questions than answers is a face from Declan’s past, who returns with ties to their current case. This causes tension, complicating professional and personal lines where lives and feelings are put to the test.

If you’ve read any of Pettrey’s novels prior to this (her most recent) release, you’ll notice patterns. Each of these stories has a kind of unique marker ingrained in their DNA. They begin with some type of high stake case that asks the hero to selflessly protect, while still being remarkably human. By this, I mean that the author has an innate ability to combine both the enigma of a good mystery with that of human interactions (conversations, ties that bind, and developing relationships) seamlessly. It’s a skill she continues to master with each novel.

The only flaw in my reading experience is some confusion. This is something that’s solely the fault of the reader (me!), not the author since everything that was fuzzy is explained in prior books. I didn’t recap the earlier books (Cold Shot, Still Life), all of which lead up to the point we come onto the scene in Blind Spot. The action may give the story momentum, but it’s the characters who we invest fully in. Though I’d be lying if I didn’t say the suspense keeps us curious, really, for me, it’s the characters who keep me turning the pages. Their stories and lives take priority, which is why these books are so good.

Tanner and Declan are both characters I've come to love as supporting character throughout the prior two books. Of course, now they have their own story, we discover more about them. They're as cool as you thought they'd be.

Saying more may result in spoiler-ish territory, so I’ll leave off with simplicity. Go read this one. It’s fast-paced, and quiet (when it needs to be); mysterious and smart, Blind Spot is one not to miss. The only flaw in this otherwise fabulous story? That cliffhanger! It came in unexpectedly and took this reader by surprise. What’s worse is the fourth book (which I didn’t realize we were getting until recently) arrives in 2018 boasting, what I’m sure, will be a story that ties everything together.

Synopsis: FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Dani Pettrey: Private Investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving Luke Gallagher after he disappeared. Now he's back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal while on the brink of a biological disaster that will shake America to its core. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next target? - Goodreads, July 2018

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Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own


  1. Why have I not read Still Life and Blind spot yet?!?!? Cold Shot was amazing! (Maybe I should wait bad was the cliffhanger?! Ha!)

    Great review, Rissi!

    1. *gasp* You haven't read these two, Bekah!! Girl... you simply MUST! :D

      (The cliffhanger isn't terrible - non one is in danger or the like, it's just unexpected. I anticipated more resolution. Instead nothing is really "solved" by story's end.)


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