“Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.”

Opening line of The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

From the first page, The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey keeps a cracking, action-packed, pace full of tension and suspense. The ”good guys” are all awesome and I loved seeing the investigations unfold from their multiple viewpoints, and without repetition, it’s been beautifully done!

Our leading ladies are feisty, intelligent and determined. The gents are equally well-rounded and the team gels together fabulously. I’m so glad this is a start of a series and I get to spend more time with them!

The coast guard angle is well-researched and feels realistic, I have a new appreciation of the amazing work these men and women do. It is another feather in the cap for Dani that 10% of the profits from it go to the Coast Guard Foundation…in case you needed one more reason to buy this book!

Christianity is gently lived out by the characters and tough topics like guilt, forgiveness and purpose tackled elegantly and soulfully.

There are several twists in the mystery and it kept me guessing…who is working as a double-agent and who is the one behind it all? The ending is clever! And wanting to know what happened next meant I read it straight through and I highly recommend this one. It’s five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and I can’t wait for book two!

From the back cover:

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?

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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