Silenced is the fourth book in Pettrey's Alaskan series centered around the large McKenna family.
Adventure is the key is this romantic suspense series. Diving, skiing, mountain climbing - the McKennas embrace it all, and with the law enforcement and rescue piloting careers of some family members, danger seems to always be present. Like earlier books, Silenced begins strong as rock climbing Kayden out for a some exercise and fun scales a difficult mountain face only to discover a body. Soon she is in the midst of a possible murder investigation when it becomes clear that the dead climber's chalk had been sabotaged. Romance is never far from the surface in this series, and in Silenced it is Kayden's turn. Her love interest? Jake Westin Cavanagh who readers learned in the last book has come to Alaska to escape the death of his wife by the hands of a murderer Jake was trying to capture. Although both Kayden and Jake try to keep their minds on their first case together, everyone around them can clearly see the sparks flying between them. They do solve the mystery of the dead climber, but I was slightly disappointed in that story line. It seemed to wrap up too conveniently, clearing the way for the book to move in another direction, a more dangerous and sinister one. As I got pulled into that storyline, I kept expecting the original crime investigation to reappear with a new twist, but it didn't. The developing relationship between Jake and Kayden follows the expected path which will please those who love a romantic happy ending.
I've enjoyed Pettrey's other books. Her suspense and family dynamics remind me of Dee Henderson's writing and also that of Terri Blackstock. Since all these titles read quite quickly, I suggest someone new to Dani Pettrey that you plan to read all four books in quick succession. That way you will keep the siblings, their careers, and their romances straight. Clearly there is another adventure awaiting the McKenna family as "black sheep" brother Reef has returned to Alaska with the promise that he has changed. In Silenced he brought home a girlfriend but as he settles down into life with his siblings, it is clear that his friend is not meant for the wilderness. I predict the next book will explore the bumpy relationship between himself and the island's veterinarian.
NetGalley provided me with an e-copy of this book for review purposes.