Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway!!! "Silenced" by Dani Pettrey


A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route leads her to a face-to-face encounter 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 either of them imagine.


Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and her latest release, Silenced. 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 her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

*Don't you just love her crocheted hat? So adorable! I would love to make one for myself!


I had such a hard time putting this book down! It had everything I love about a good book - great characters that stay with you and you care about, intrigue, mystery, and some heart stopping moments!

Kayden is a woman who keeps people at arms length - even those she loves - because she doesn't want them to have to take care of her in case she gets Rheumatoid Arthritis like her Mom and has to be taken care of. She eats super healthy and is an avid climber. 

Jake is a former detective who had been running from his past because he felt so responsible for his wife and unborn child's murder at the hands of a deranged murderer. He, too, has a problem with getting too close to anyone, although, with Kayden, he'd like to change all that. 

The book starts out with the murder of a man that Kayden finds on one of her climbs. As she and Jake are investigating this, there are many twists and turns and strange things that happen. The climbing community is a tight knit group and they don't appreciate Kayden's investigation. They look at it as a betrayal. Kayden starts getting threats and it finally ends up with her being hit with a land slide on one of her climbs. 

You'll be shocked at who the culprit is and the book will definitely keep you guessing until the final pages! I just love a book like this - trying to figure out who "done it". I really loved the rich quality of the dialogue and how I felt like I really knew each and every character in this book. 

The greatest thing about the book is the faith that these good characters exhibit. They truly believe and live their faith. It isn't "forced" in the book - just a natural part of who these people are. I also was so inspired by this particular quote in the book by Jake. It really spoke to me in my current circumstances of recovering from my surgeries and all that has happened because of the surgeon's errors:

"God doesn't promise the way will be easy, far from it, but He promises to carry us through, to give us the courage and grace we need when we need it. He most often doesn't change the circumstances, He changes us."

Don't you love that? This book is just so well written and so enjoyable! I highly, highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars! You'll love it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by PulsePointDesign



I have one copy of "Silenced" to give away!! I'm so excited about being able to give one of my readers a copy of this great book!! Now here are the rules about the giveaway:

1. No purchase is necessary
2. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries
3. This give away is open to USA residents, 18 and older, only
4. I will chose a winner on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and will notify you by email.
5. BE SURE TO ENTER THROUGH THE RAFFLECOPTER below and remember, you MUST leave a comment on this post to be qualified to enter!

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Don't forget to check out the great give away that Dani is having! Look for the information box on the sidebar and click on it to be taken to her give away!

Blessings - Julie


  1. Julie,
    Thank you so much for your review, and for helping us share about Dani's story with your readers! Since you liked that quote by Jake, you might enjoy this custom image that includes it :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=448003325303035&set=a.204425182994185.29713.110796012357103&type=1

  2. Thank you, Kelli! I just shared it on my blog's facebook page! Love that quote - it just was so encouraging!

  3. Awww, I would have loved to have a chance to win it, but I live in the Philippines! Sounds like a great book! :^) patsy

  4. Julie, I LOVED reading your thoughts on Silenced-- especially that quote of Jake's that you pulled out. Thank you for sharing it, and hosting this giveaway, and being all-around wonderful! I agree-- Dani's hat is adorable. :) Thanks again, Julie! ~Amanda

  5. Thanks, Julie. It sounds like a good book! I would love to read it.

  6. Looking forward to reading Silenced!


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