Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Submerged by Dani Pettrey - REVIEWED!

About the Book: (from Bethany House Publishers)

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart... but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

My Thoughts:
Wow!! What a great read! Yes, it's romantic suspense. Yes, the characters are folks you seem to "know" and care about. Yes, there are plenty of nail-biting moments - especially the last third of the book! There is a point, well several points where it's anybody's guess who will survive to the last page! It's really good!  But what I liked, what drew me in and held me, were the flaws in the character's lives.  Bailey - wrestling with the past as it collided with her present day. (frankly, I'm surprised at how little some people mature over the years! I've witnessed this in real life!)  Cole, trying to separate his feelings from his faith at times and not really understanding what is drawing him back into relationship.  And the dynamics that exist between the members of the McKanna family - everything is so realistic! And that is what makes you read at an ever increasing rate of speed....desperate to find out who survives!

And something else....the plot twists! When the reader finally uncovers the motive beneath the seemingly endless body count, and the implications it has on characters in the story....WOW!  I love it!! Can you tell, I'm excited?! Just finished the book and am still on an adrenaline rush!  Read this book!  It's perfect for Summer and will leave you hungry for more! Don't you love it when that happens?  I do! Can you tell? :)

About the Author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, homeschooling mom, and author. 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 with their two teenage daughters. Visit her website at

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