The Killing Tide

From the publisher:

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

The Killing Tide is the first book in Dani Pettrey’s latest series, The Coastal Guardians.  Dani Pettrey’s style reminds me a lot of Dee Henderson because she ties together romance and suspense so well. Like Henderson, Pettrey explores the minds and hearts of her characters, adding depth by digging into their faith and motivations.

In this story, readers gtet to know Gabby Rowley, a fiercely determined investigative reporter who will do anything, even put her life on the line, to uncover the truth. At the beginning of the book, Gabby narrowly escapes death and is sent off to her family for protection. Of course, once there, she is thrown into the middle of another mystery as several Coast Guard officers end up dead. Even as Gabby is determined to seek justice here, all of her family and friends, including Finn Walker, are kept on their toes trying to keep her safe.

Though I really loved the action in the book and the twists and turns in the plot, it seemed to me that Gabby took too many unnecessary risks. For someone who is afraid for her life, and yet supposedly has a ton of experience with dangerous investigations, she seems too willing to throw herself into danger without thinking of the consequences.

Of course, this is part of the story–Gabby has to learn to trust God and others with her life, instead of working so hard to earn value.

This a great book, and it’s releasing on 8/6!

Karen

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