Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Submerged" by Dani Pettrey

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading Submerged by Dani Pettrey. I've seen someone else describe it as a romantic suspense book. Interesting combination. But that is how this book goes. From the start you will be "submerged" in a mystery in small town Alaska. As the story unfolds you'll see more pieces to the puzzle. And when a girl from the past come back into town, how will people see her now?

The product: Submerged

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. 

One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart...but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

"Pettrey is a new author to watch. Recommended for fans of Dee Henderson." --Library Journal
"A spell binding mystery, full of suspense and a great story that will pull you in." --The Suspense Zone
"[A] steadily paced thriller...Pettrey's debut novel is a thoughtful attempt to capture both love and suspense in this intricately plotted mystery."
--Publishers Weekly
"Combining romance, danger, and a dose of Russian history, the novel proves a rapid and entertaining read."--Booklist

About the Author

Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves--the thrill of adventure, nailbiting suspense, the deepening of her characters' faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at www.danipettrey.com.

What I thought: Author Dani Pettrey has done a good job on this book. The mystery of an accident that claimed lives is introduced in the opening pages. When you think you know what's happening, something else happens to confuse you further.

I did have a bit of a problem following all of the characters in this book. There is a family with several grown children who are constantly interacting, but for quite a while I had a hard time keeping them straight. They are never really introduced, but their characters unfold as the story does.

Things in life change, and that we can see with one of the main characters Bailey. She had quite the reputation when she was a teenager, but after leaving Yancey, Alaska, she straightened her life and changed for the better. The problem is she broke most of her ties to the small town, and she doesn't know how people will receive her when she has to go back for her aunt's funeral.

This book is interesting and I enjoyed the plot. I think that you'll see it's a fast read like I did too.

Where to buy: You can find Submerged by Dani Pettrey in stores and online now.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*