Silenced (Alaskan Courage Series #4)

Silenced (Alaskan Courage Series #4)

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by Dani Pettrey
     
 

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Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed
How Wrong.


A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to…  See more details below

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Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed
How Wrong.


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

Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto 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.

Praise for the Alaskan Courage series

"Readers who enjoy Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, and DiAnn Mills will add this to their to-read list." Library Journal about Stranded

"I have not been this enthralled since the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson! Pettrey does such an excellent job of developing the character of each and every family member..." Christian Manifesto

"Hard-to-put-down romantic suspense with snappy dialogue, realistic characterizations and fast-moving intrigue." Suspense Zone

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764211959
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Series:
Alaskan Courage Series, #4
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Stranded, Shattered, and Submerged, winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband reside in the D.C. Metro area with their two teenage daughters. She can be found online at www.danipettrey.com.

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Silenced 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 49 reviews.
sherrijinga More than 1 year ago
This was my first Dani Pettrey book and I enjoyed it very much! It was full of romance, mystery, adventure and faith. The characters were believable and the description vivid. Every time I thought the conflict was coming close to a resolution, Dani threw something else in there to surprise me. Although this was book four in the series, I had no trouble following along with the characters and their ties to each other. Can't wait for Dani's next book!
palmtreegirl More than 1 year ago
First thoughts: I've enjoyed the entire series so far but Kayden and Jake have to be my favorite couple yet. What it's about: Kayden McKenna goes climbing only to discover a dead man on a cliff ledge. It appears to be an accident but Kayden isn't so sure. She and Jake, a family friend, find themselves apart of the investigation. The more they learn, the thicker the mystery becomes. What I liked about it: One of my favorite things about this series is the Alaskan setting. It is as full of danger and surprises as the McKenna family itself. I loved watching Kayden and Jake discover each other's secrets and their relationship unfold. What I didn't like: The only thing I didn't like was that I couldn't go to Alaska to read the book. Who I would recommend it to: I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mystery, romance and an inspiring story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
TheHungryBookworm 21 days ago
Dani builds her characters within the plot each time and leaves you wondering about the next character and she never disappoints you. This story is based with facts and adventure to be found in Alaska. This plot employs the sport of rock climbing. Each plot and setting of her stories differ . Her plots are full of twists and turns. You get drawn in as each character is drawn into the danger. Kayden McKenna and Dani will not fail to surprise you!
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KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I love this fourth book in the Alaskan Courage series. The McKenna family has been a joy to get to know through these four books. I have come to care for each family member, and though I look forward to the final book, I will be sad to see them go, after I’ve finished reading it. The mystery and suspense is exciting. The plot has many twists and turns, making the book a page-turner. It really held my interest, as the antagonist is quite diabolical. The romantic thread is progressive and satisfying. I highly recommend you read the whole series in order. It’s great!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kicking myself because I missed the story before this one. Christian romantic fiction is my favorite genre. And this one is a hit on every point:The faith message is unapologetic. The suspense is gripping. The romance is clean. The characters are real with real life struggles with which I can identify. Resolution is not easy but so worth it. These aren't pie in the sky stories but do offer hope for everyone. Highly recommend!
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bookgirl_2134 More than 1 year ago
Great series!  I haven't been this invested in a family since Dee Henderson's O'Malleys.   Suspense, faith, romance, family- all present in this fast-paced book! You won't regret reading this book and while eyre better read from the beginning, this one isn't too confusing to be read as a stand-alone. NetGalley provided me with a digital copy to review, but my words and love for this book are mine alone.
LJ44 More than 1 year ago
Mystery, action, suspense...this book has it all!! Silenced is my favorite in the series, as Kayden and Jake intrigued me from the first book Submerged. Now that Jake's past is exposed, he's hoping for a relationship with Kayden but his past comes back to haunt him threatening all he loves. This book had me hooked from beginning to end and couldn't put it down!!
MountainsJJ More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read! Dani Pettrey's fourth installment in the Alaskan Courage Series is out and she hasn't missed a beat yet! Silenced was an exciting read filled with an amazing cast of characters. Most of them are all familiar to readers who have been following the series all along. I read this book from that perspective, having started with Dani and the McKenna clan in book #1 Submerged. I am not a good person to ask how the story holds its own to a reader just joining the fun. However, each of the past characters plays a supporting role in the book, continuing on with their story lines slightly. This makes the characters more fleshed out then just names and casual mentions.  I have been looking forward to this story line since the middle of book #3 Stranded. Kayden always drew my curiosity in the ways she poked and prodded at Jake, hoping to prove him a fraud. In book #3 we all got a glimpse into his secretive past making us all, Kayden included, like him a little bit more. Now in Silenced we have the full growth of that change into a budding romance. And a sweet one at that. Jake is anything but a fraud. He is a gentle man filled with protectiveness, spirit and faith. He fights hard to protect the woman he's falling for and the family that supports her. A wonderful hero. It was also fun to peel back some of the hardened outer layers of Kayden and see into her heart. She is a strong woman with her own demons and secrets to secure. Yet, with faith, time and the gentle prodding of a compassionate, caring man she learns to reveal her true self. The suspenseful plot was responsible for a few late nights, but thankfully I was compelled to finish it in only a few days! Pettrey has a gift for keeping the reader moving along. Her twists and turns are engaging and believable. This book is tops in that category. I can't even tell you why, or I might spoil the ride for you. Loved the twist!! Again, Pettrey sets the stage for another round. The book adds in a couple new points of view later in the book as bad-boy brother Reef gets a voice along with newcomer Kirra. At first this threw me off. I found it distracting to the story line my heart was invested in. It became clear as the story went along that this was the pre-staging for the next book Sabotaged. However, it was a bit jolting so late in the story. Even still, I am looking forward to see what trouble those two characters will get in to. (Release February 2015.) Overall, a fantastic addition to your summer reading list! Excitement, romance, enthralling settings and deep, engaging characters - a perfect mix! Thanks to Bethany House, and the author for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. These thoughts are my own and I was not required to review it positively.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
This is a Dani Pettrey book, need I say more? OK, so for this actually to be a review I DO have say at least a little more. I LOVE suspense, got hooked years ago on mystery and suspense and have devoured the genre since. I read the first book in the Alaskan Courage series last year and have enjoyed each succeeding title. Silenced has everything it takes to make a good suspense story. One of my favorite parts of reading mystery/suspense is trying to figure out who-done-it but Dani Pettrey had me really stumped on this one, I totally did not see it coming. Another great story from a wonderful author, Silenced will grab your attention and hold it whether you are looking for romance, suspense, or the great outdoors, it has them all and then some. Dani Pettrey has a confirmed fan in me and I will be eagerly awaiting, not only the final book in the series, but also any future books. (I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
Dani Pettrey is the only suspense author I know that can take me out of my typical genre reads and bring me into the world of romantic suspense! She has such a way of writing a story that sucks you in from the first page and leaves you on a thrill ride until the very end! Silenced was no different for me! It was awesome to get more of Kayden's story and her passions from her perspective! I had such a fun time of getting to know her better concerning her fears and strengths! I didn't realize she could even be such an awesome detective and seeing her work with Jake so good was unexpected for me! I also enjoyed hearing more of Jake's story and some of his struggles! It was great seeing him really in his element concerning the police force! The overall suspense in this one was different then the past novels Dani has written, but still great! It actually had a tougher edge in realizing who the killer was and had me unprepared in how the story would play out! One thing I was slightly bummed about was I didn't feel there was as big Gospel message as there has been in her past books! Don't get me wrong there was a great message of Christ and the power of change He does in people, but I was hoping for a Little more! Silenced is not a novel to be missed if you enjoy suspense! Not only will you be on the edge of your seat, but you will also receive a powerful message of God being in control! Dani Pettrey will continue to be one of my favorite authors! I give Silenced by Dani Pettrey a 4.5 out of 5 stars! *(I received this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
ToriPeterson More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. It was filled with so much suspense that I just didn't want to put it down. From the beginning to the end I was at the edge of my seat! I was captured by this book. There is definitely suspense from beginning to end. The author draws you into her novel and the words easily flow and hold you. Everything is so very well explained, and all scenes are created in just a way as if you feel as if you are right there alongside the characters! What I loved most about this book was the twist and turns in suspense! I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that this book doesn't leave you wanting for more mystery and suspense. I literally found myself on the edge of my seat, sitting straight up in bed, holding my breath, and chewing on my lip at times I was so nervous and captured! I also found myself frustrated while reading this book mainly because Kayden and Jake each in their own way was just so stubborn! I wanted to shake them and give them a good talking to. They are each attracted to each other, but neither will act on their feelings. It is so frustrating to see romance and sparks between two characters only for them not to act on it because of their own ridiculous reasons. Jake knows that Kayden is emotionally unavailable and believes she has no interest in him. Because of this and his past he fears telling her how he really feels will push her away so he keeps it to himself. Kayden will simply not allow herself to feel. Terrified because of the loss of her parents due to health reasons she doesn't want to feel that type of pain again nor does she want to inflict that kind of pain on anyone. Despite the fact she is giving up love and personal happiness she is determined to go it alone and live the healthiest lifestyle she can. Another wonderful aspect of this book is the closeness of the McKenna siblings and friends. They all hold faith in God and stick together in unimaginable ways. I fell in love with all of them in my own way. And to see God so strong in not just a few but many of the characters lives was so refreshing. Not to mention all the characters have such a strong personality each their own! No character melts into the next, and each is interestingly unique. I can't wait to go back and read the other books in this series to find out about more of the characters, and I especially can't wait to read the next book after this one. I'm hoping it tells more on Reef and Kayden and Jake. I was definitely left wanting more. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't more information on Conrad Humphries death. I was really wanting more information on that. I can't go into specific details on that because I don't want to spoil anything. Even though this is Book 4 in the Alaskan Courage series it does well as a stand alone book. All the characters are present, but this is more of Kayden and Jake's story. You get snippets of the other characters which makes you want to go back and read the other books dealing with their individual stories. Each of the novels are centered around suspense so you know they are all going to be page turners. I urge you to give this book a read. Go out and get it and read it as fast as you can! :) Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
PugAC More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this read. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Once again, Dani has outdone herself in the fourth book of the Alaskan Courage Series. Her work is amazing and will keep you glued until you turn the final page. Dani is all about taking you straight into the plot. Silenced, is Kayden's story; and if you have read the other books in the series you will recognize the McKenna family members included in this book. Happily we celebrate two of their weddings from previous books. On that note though, the book can certainly be read alone.  In Silenced, Kayden is finally letting down her guard and falling in love. Jake and Kayden end up working together quite a bit, and the connection is there, with subtle sparks. As they work to solve the mystery of the dead climber and new mystery is brewing which will take them both by surprise.  The twists in this book are exciting and suspenseful. I also enjoyed Dani's way of incorporating each character's relationship and dependence on the Lord. Family is a top priority and the values portrayed are great.  This book has it all, and if you haven't yet, you certainly will fall in love with the McKenna family.  Dani also does an amazing job portraying the great Alaskan outdoors. She creates a stunning picture and makes you want to go there. This book was provided courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Program. All opinions are my own. I am in no way required to give a positive review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I found out this book would be about Jake and Kayden, I couldn’t wait to read it. After learning just who Jake is in the last book, I was eager to get inside his head. And Kayden being the female main character, I had a feeling, would be interesting. And it most certainly was. Rock climbing has intrigued me ever since I can remember, so for that to be the backdrop in the novel was fun. I enjoyed Kayden’s strength, her expertise, and her love of dogs. And Jake might just be my favorite guy character in the series even though he’s not a McKenna. He’s that cool. The story grabbed me immediately and held me to the last page, which I have come to expect when I read one of Dani’s novels. Twists and turns in the plot cast doubt over various characters, keeping me in suspense about who the bad guy was. I liked having Reef around more in this one, and I’m already looking forward to seeing his story unfold in the next novel. I know it’ll be just as engaging and well-written as the first books have been — if not better. ——— +My copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! And the rest of the Alaskan Courage Series by Dani Pettrey. This book contains lots of suspense and action, but it has romantic plot as well. I was looking forward to this book for about 7 months and I read it in two days. Inspiring messages can be found throughout the book as well. I highly recommend this book, but if you have not read the other three books in the series, you should start with them (The McKenna family is awesome!).
girlsmama More than 1 year ago
Submerged, Shattered, Stranded and now Silenced- all title’s in Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series and I must say that I have enjoyed each one as you get to know up close and personal the McKenna siblings and all the many suspenseful happenings in their lives. I have to say that I really was looking forward to this one as this time it was Kayden MeKenna’s turn. This is the McKenna  daughter who looked exactly like her mother, but ever since her death had remained  pretty closed off to those around her. The story opens with a bang as Kayden finds a dead body while she is out on one of her recreational rock climbs- so much for a relaxing rock climbing experience.  Kayden teams up with  former police detective Jake Westin (Cavanaugh) as he is coaxed out of retirement by newly appointed local Sheriff Landon Grainger - (Piper McKenna’s fiance’.) As this case unfolds and the two are working closely together to crack it we get a closer look at Jake’s  back story as well- a police detective with a sad story- a case gone wrong which ended the lives of his wife and their precious daughter, not yet born. As the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, a whole other mystery pops up, one which is very dangerous for both Kayden and Jake, but which also draws them closer and closer together.  I have to say that this story begged the question- “what drives you?” If you think about it we are all driven by something- whether it be fear, guilt, revenge or love, and we get to choose what that might be. Our choices then dictate the course that we set ourselves on.  As the stories of Kayden and Jake come out more fully and even the “bad guy” of the story, it is a clear picture of what drives each character.  I feel it is very well done and so all those choices make sense  and play out well in the storyline . And so  for instance, we understand why Kayden is the way she is in terms of extreme self- discipline with her health etc., and  we get it why Jake’s has a  fierce protective side towards Kayden. And  so of course, that leads to why it makes total sense that Kayden and Jake are attracted to each other and how they help each other see that the thing that we should be driven by is a relationship with God, any other forces lead to ruin. The suspense part of the story, as usual is well played and you will find the pages turning faster and faster towards the end of the book as you reach the climax of the story.  I am very glad to have discovered Dani Pettrey and have really enjoyed this series. I know that I will be among the many that will be greatly looking forward to the next book in the series- Sabotaged which tell’s Reef McKenna’s story, oh Spring of 2015, hurry up and get here!  5 stars I was graciously given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.