Silenced (Alaskan Courage)

by Dani Pettrey

Paperback, 2014



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Bethany House Publishers (2014), 332 pages


"After Kayden McKenna discovers the body of a fellow climber, she and Jake Westin team up to investigate the death--provoking threats on her entire family"--


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332 p.; 8.5 inches


0764211951 / 9780764211959

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LibraryThing member judyg54
This is another intense drama that captures your interest and makes it hard to put down once you start. I stayed up late to finish because I just couldn't put it down. It is book four in the "Alaskan Courage" series and although you could read it as a stand alone, I do not recommend it because the
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books preceding it are all just as good and you get to know and love the McKenna family so well by reading the other stories first.

Kayden McKenna is an avid rock climber, but she wasn't expecting to find a dead body on the ledge she has climbed up to. Now the family, the Sheriff and good friend Jake Westin Cavanagh will need to find out what happened to this climber. Jake and Kayden have worked together before and although Jake has fallen in love with Kayden, he isn't sure how she feels about him. Kayden is a very independent lady who has real issues with letting anyone help her or get to close to her. The chemistry is there, but it will take time for them both to admit their feelings for each other. In the meantime they are searching for a killer, but will find that that isn't the real danger that threatens them. A story that is full of faith, love for family, danger, mystery and the realization that "God doesn't promise the way will be easy, far from it, but He promises to carry us through, to give us the courage and grace we need when we need it. He most often doesn't change the circumstances, He changes us." (A favorite quote from this story.)

Sit back and enjoy catching up on all the McKenna siblings in this gripping story. You will be glad you did. A special thanks goes to Bethany House for giving me this story to read for my honest review.

File Size: 4205 KB
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 29, 2014)
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LibraryThing member hollysing
Book Four of the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Petri does not disappoint. Kayden McKenna’s rock climb turns into deadly intrigue as she makes a startling discovery. To solve the mystery, she engages love interest, Jake Westin, to figure it out. The dance around their romance is as compelling as
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their attempt to stay ahead of their pursuers.

As you read, see if you can figure out these clues to the mystery:

• Is there something amiss with the chalk the climber used?
• Are we dealing with an accidental death or murder?
• Is Stuart Anderson’s present merely to comfort Vivienne, the grieving widow?
• In what way did the loss of Jake’s wife, Becca, affect his relationship with Kayden?

This reader found it odd that Kayden, an expert climber, but not a policeman, was permitted to serve a warrant and interrogate suspects. There seemed to be a disconnect between the intrigue set up in the first half of the book and what ensued in the second. This reader was not acquainted with the three books that preceeded Silenced, but that did not diminish my ability to follow the story and engage with the characters. Jake, back in the saddle as a deputy, haunted by his wife’s death, and brimming with love for Kayden, is the strongest character.

Dani Pettry is an established author of inspirational romantic suspense. This is light reading with minor flaws. If you like a good nail-biter with well-developed characters and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing, Silenced is for you.

Bethany House Publishers supplied the advance review copy for my unbiased opinion.
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LibraryThing member Robin661
Dani Pettrey

Book Summary: A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin
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for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him. Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto 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.

Book Review: This was a suspense filled story that kept clicking with the other in the series. I am now set up for the next book and can’t wait!! I found Kayden to be a little cold at times and not as easy to identify with. She was driven and determined, traits easy to understand. The distance she kept from everyone was less believable when you read the other about the other family members. These things were not overly consuming when the mystery was tangled web of intrigue!!! It was fast paced and well written the page flew by. My heart was beating so fast as the end drew near. I really liked Jake, he is a great character!. The climbing angle was interesting but more a diversion to the real underbelly of the story. Without spoiling the ending it was worth the read and set in motion the next installment.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
A bucket list trip to Alaska was in the works when I selected as reading “research” Silenced by Dani Pettrey. Her 5-book Alaskan Courage is a great introduction to Alaska for fans of romantic suspense. Silenced is the 4th book in the series and features McKenna sibling Kayden and Jake
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Cavanaugh, a man she once distrusted, but has growing feelings for. A death in the climbing community pairs the two in an investigation of a possible murder. As they get closer to the truth of what really occurred, threats dog their steps. While Silenced can be read as a standalone novel, the other McKenna siblings featured in the series play a part, both in the backstories as well as the current action. Pettrey has created a tight knit family of siblings and their significant others that readers will love. The action-packed plot kept this reader on her toes — I didn’t anticipate the many twists and turns Pettrey throws at Kayden and Jake. And as in all of her books, romance is a big part. That’s great news for those who love romance mixed in with their suspense. Faith plays a big part in the Pettrey’s books, and her characters reflect her worldview. God is in control, we have only to trust Him. The only negative was that I felt things wrapped up a bit quickly and neatly, but I loved the way that the case was resolved. The audio narrative was well done, with good pacing and tone.

If you are looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense for a weekend getaway or staycation, Silenced is a great choice.


Audience: adults.

(I purchased this book from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member cbcmedia
Here we are back with the McKenna family and another breathtaking mixture of suspense and romance. It was great to be back with the McKenna siblings and see how Dani Pettrey worked through the tough-hearted Kayden McKenna to finally soften her up and lead her through a very exciting mystery and
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then open her heart to love.

This is a series you really need to read in order. Each book has one of the McKenna siblings as the center focus, but with get all. And you really do want to know the back story of all the other family, because they cross over to the next books. So if you haven’t read, Submerged #1, Shattered #2, Stranded #3, then I willl strongly suggest you get started. Each novel is excellent and you’ll be drawn into mystery and romance from the start and it will be hard to put down until you are finished.

In Silenced, we begin to get the full story of Kayden McKenna. She’s the tough sister, quiet, strong and not interested in romance. She is an excellent rock climber and the book starts with her on a climb and finding something very disturbing. She gets involved with the mystery, along with Jake Westin. He’s an ex-lawman and was in earlier books with a past that was full of secrets. Now, Kayden and Jake are thrown together to solve this mystery, but it turns out to be a deadly adventure and lives are at stake.

The mystery will keep you going until the end, full of excitement and wondering how it will finally end. But there’s the romance that had began to secretly develop in the previous book and now, as much as Kayden doesn’t want to get close to anyone, this time she has no other choice but to trust Jake with her life and her heart.

I’m waiting to see if there is a Book 5 to finish telling the stories of the last McKenna sibling. Dani Pettrey is an excellent author who knows how to mix excitement, suspense, and romance all together just perfectly!
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