Review: THE KILLING TIDE / by Dani Pettrey

The Killing Tide / by Dani Pettrey (Coastal Guardians, 1)
Bethany House     ISBN     9780764230844
Adult     Rating:     5

Award-winning author Dani Pettrey kicks off her latest romantic suspense series set on the North Carolina coast.

In Killing Tides, Coast Guard officer Finn Walker finds one fellow officer is dead and another missing. He wants to find justice for them, but the clues are leading to a direction that will affect a number of people. Can he find the killer before he strikes again?

Investigative reporter Gabby Rowley is on her way home from a press awards dinner when someone starts shooting at her. Is the drug lord she wrote about in her expose behind the attempt on her life?

Her Coast Guard brother Noah has the solution: she can stay at his friend’s house, Finn Walker – he lives in a remote location and can provide a safe house.

Unfortunately, Gabby and Finn have a past together – a three-month relationship that ended abruptly when Gabby walked away from Finn for a position she couldn’t resist. Can she trust her heart while staying with him? Can he protect Gabby while she chases down the story behind his fellow officer’s death and disappearance? What happens when sparks fly between them and career choices collide?

Pettrey creates an ensemble of characters whom readers enjoy getting to know – they are realistic, strong but flawed, facing challenges in their life that help the reader to connect with them. The faith element is not preachy and the relationships are clean enough for high school readers. Violence is appropriate to the story, like TV crime dramas, and the story is filled with end-of-your-seat suspense.

Recommended for adults and high school readers, especially fans of Dee Henderson, DiAnn Mills, and Irene Hannon. Watch for the next book in the series, The Crushing Depths, comng in 2020.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.


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