26 May 2014

Review: Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Excellent Christian Romantic Suspense

Alaska, to me, is an exotic location. But I’m warm blooded, so I don’t see Alaska as romantic. And I’m more than a little in awe of the outdoor lifestyles the McKenna family appear to lead in that cold climate. It’s definitely foreign, and it’s the perfect setting for a romantic suspense series.

Silenced is the fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series, each of which centres on one of the McKenna siblings. Kayden (female, despite the masculine name) is out rock climbing one day when she finds a body. What is first thought to be an accident soon proves to be murder, and Kayden finds herself pulled into the Jake’s investigation because of her climbing knowledge.

I’m a real romantic suspense fan, and Silenced ticks all the boxes. Great location. Lovable hero. Strong heroine. A problem to solve. A mystery antagonist who is out to get them. A close family. And a strong faith element running through it all. What’s not to like?

While the mystery and romance plots are self-contained, there are a lot of references to Kayden’s brothers and sisters (and their respective spouses), and it will be easier to keep these straight if you’ve read the earlier books. Recommended for romantic suspense fans.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free book for review. You can find out more about Dani Pettrey at her website.


  1. I'm not normally a suspense fan, but I loved Silenced and am glad I got to review it, Iola. Of course, I had not read the previous three - but I took pen and paper in hand and made a list according to pairings. Eager to read them now!

  2. If you enjoy this, you'll like the early Dee Henderson novels as well (especially the O'Malley series), or Susan May Warren's Team Hope series.

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    1. Thanks for these suggestions, Iola. I read one of Dee's several years ago and liked it, but never found time to go on in the series. Team Hope sounds like one I would also enjoy. I think with Dani's, it was the Alaskan setting, plus the first part was almost like a police procedural, a genre that I love.