Contemporary Christian Fiction

Silenced | Dani Pettrey


A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route leads her face to face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something sinister? When the case is handed to the overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again–but he could never prepare for where the case will take him.

Kayden and Jake soon realize that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is on to 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.

My Thoughts

In Silenced, Dani Pettrey captures the essence of Alaskan life and rolls it into a captivating and suspenseful whodunit. New readers, like myself, will fall in love with the five siblings of the McKenna family. This particular novel focuses on the adventurous and often stubbornly independent, Kayden McKenna.

During an early morning climb, Kayden and her sister Piper stumble upon a fallen climber. When foul play is suspected, Kayden’s expertise in the sport makes her an invaluable asset to the investigation. The attraction between Kayden and the lead investigator, Jake Cavanagh, is undeniable. Before either can act upon those feelings, they must overcome insecurities that play a major role in the plot as well as the faith lessons of the book.

Without reading the previous three books in the Alaskan Courage Series, I can attest to the stand alone quality of this title. At several points throughout the book, allusions are made to prior hardships experienced by Jake and the McKenna family. Fortunately, over the course of the novel I feel that most of what I may have missed was revealed as the characters themselves recounted events of the past.

The author made it difficult to decide which I liked more – the twists and turns of the plot or the magnetism between Kayden and Jake. Either way, as a romantic suspense novel I give Silenced 5/5 stars and I plan to add the other books in the Alaskan Courage series to my tbr pile.


**I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


About the Author

A-Dani-Pettrey-200x200Dani 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, nail-biting suspense, the deepening of one’s faith and plenty of romance. She’s a huge fan of dark chocolate, is always in search of the best iced mocha and her dream is to one day own a little cottage on a remote stretch of beach. She and her husband reside in Maryland with their daughters, son in law, and adorable grandson. Visit her web site at!

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