Bethany House, May 6 2014
Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for this review
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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.
Reading several of Dani Pettrey's previous novels in the series, I could not wait to see how Kayden's story turns out! She was always the strong-willed character, the tough to crack girl who was stubborn and slightly untouchable. This time around Kayden and Jake (who she just started to trust in the last novel) are working together to fend off a killer. It took a little while for me to get back into the groove of the family dynamics, so if you haven't read the previous books it may not come together as clear as it should. The family of siblings is a major theme in the stories that is not as explanatory in this novel since it is book four, so it is perfect for those familiar with the series
This novel is full-force suspense and action that features mostly Kayden and Jake's relationship with the rest of the siblings as bit parts to fill in the scenes and help hunt for the killer. The mystery part slowly comes together but seems like it flows well from the last one even though I hadn't had the time to read that one. I missed an entire book on Jake's past and I would definitely rather have read that first however.
As Pettrey's fans know, she packs a lot of thrill into her Christian themed romances, and this was no different. It was page turning suspense for me and I enjoyed revisiting the McKenna family. I also love that this is a series of books that I can save for my young adult daughter, as the christian theme is never over done and won't bore her as it is packed with a thrilling storyline and the romance is always G-rated.
Next one will probably feature Reef, the original bad boy turned good, and I want to read that also!