Sunday, August 18, 2019

THE KILLING TIDE by Dani Pettrey, Reviewd by Paula and Kim

Dani Pettrey is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I love her writing style and her stories always keep you flipping the pages while furiously trying to figure out who the bad guy is! I also love how she incorporates the entire team into each of the stories in that particular series. By the last book, you feel like they are old friends!

I liked reading about this new group of characters and their relationships with each other. I also enjoyed that they were members of the Coast Guard, which is a branch of the Armed Forces that isn’t featured a lot.

My biggest issue with this story was Gabby. I felt like she not only needlessly put herself in danger, but others too. I also didn’t feel like it was realistic to have her help with the investigations, since she was not part of the Coast Guard. My other issue with this story was that I felt there was just too much at play, which made it seem a bit improbable.

Even though I didn’t connect with this story as much as I would’ve liked, I will definitely be reading the next story in this series. I think Rissi and Mason have an interesting history and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

A corpse that only leads to secrets. An old flame with danger written all over her. Things are about to get complicated.”

I have been a fan of Dani Pettrey since I first opened Submerged from the Alaskan Courage series and I continued to love her writing in the Chesapeake Valor series. I eagerly anticipated the new Coastal Guardian series. The Killing Tide is the first of this one.

Ms. Pettrey’s newest book starts out with a heart wrenching rescue scene which shows the hero, Finn Walker as a motivated, caring person. The excitement continues throughout the book. I did find the introduction of so many characters in the beginning to be a little confusing.

Our hero, Finn, is flawed but is very likeable and takes his job seriously. Gabby Rowely, is driven, but at the expense of a blooming relationship with Finn. At times she seems selfish and so obsessed that she takes risks and doesn’t think through the consequences. I did question her involvement in the ongoing investigation since she was a reporter. It didn’t seem quite by-the-book.

The plot kept me guessing about who was behind the scenes, pulling the strings. I wondered if the two villains would somehow be working together. To the team, the clues were confounding. All was not what it seemed and there were many possible suspects, even among those they thought they knew well.

There was a lot of action in this book. It showed the camaraderie among the members if the Coastal Guardian Investigative Service. The family dynamics of the Rowley’s were fun to watch and something to look forward to in subsequent books. A couple characters reminded me of the TV shows NCIS and Criminal Minds.

There were hints at who was going to be the focus of the next book. I’m sure the suspense level will not dissipate.

I recommend this new series to fans of Dani Pettrey and those who like romantic suspense.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not obligated to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter--and Finn's boss's sister--Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she's back, the tug on Finn's heart is strong, but with the risks she's taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

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  1. This book sounds intriguing like a very good page turner! The cover takes my breath away , I don't swim! :) Have a Great week. God Bless .

    1. I feel the same way. I get claustrophobic just thinking about these thrillers that have to do with the ocean! ha! Thanks Kim and Paula for the reviews. And thanks for stopping in, Licha!


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