Submerged–New Dee Hendersonish Author
May 11, 2012
The Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
Submerged • Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2012)
by Dani Pettrey
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.
Just in case you’re curious…The real Dani does love traveling. She’s been to some amazing places (Greece, Hawaii, the Keys) and there are many more she hopes to visit in the future.
And while she’s not quite up to sky-diving, cave diving or heli-skiing (too high, too enclosed, too cold!) she and her family love hiking, canoeing, wave jumping and a ton of other outdoor adventures a little further down on the risk scale.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.
Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer
has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge.
She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?
Sally Says: Dee Henderson endorsed Pettrey’s debut novel Submerged, and there’s a reason for that. Pettrey writes romantic suspense in the style of Dee Henderson.
Right from the beginning I was hooked. I loved that the characters had a past to deal with. Isn’t that how life is today? People’s pasts haunt them, and Bailey struggled with going back to a place that held so much guilt for her. On top of that was the fascinating bits of history I really knew nothing about. And did you know Alaska has coral? Somehow I always thought that was an Australian or tropical thing. Silly me.
The plot was strong and fast , from the opening scene of a plane crash about to happen to Cole and his team searching for survivors — and finding one. The story doesn’t stop except to slow down here or there as the characters connect. From Cole and his family to Bailey and even some of the not so nice men Bailey had to face — everything in the book was done so well that it was easy to lose myself in the story. Fans of Dee Henderson and suspense in general will find Pettrey a writer worth checking out.