Silenced by Dani Pettrey is the fourth book in her Alaskan Courage series. The series tells the stories of members of the McKenna family, grown siblings running a wilderness adventure business together in Yancey, Alaska. Silenced is Kayden’s story (which means the one remaining book must focus on the recently returned prodigal brother, Reef).
In the last book, Stranded, Kayden learned the surprising truth about the family’s employee, Jake Westin Cavanaugh. Realizing she’d read him wrong, she’s curious to learn more, but her pride and the walls she’s built to protect herself from pain are keeping her from doing so. When she comes across a dead body while climbing rocks with her sister, however, and realizes the climber was murdered, she finds herself working closely with Jake, the town’s newly-appointed deputy, to help him solve the case. When their lives are threatened repeatedly, they must work to protect each other, too.
I enjoyed reading Kayden’s story and seeing how her character developed here. Jake was interesting as well. Not only did the two have a mystery to solve, but each had heartache from the past to resolve, too. Of course, it’s always fun to revisit the characters from previous stories, seeing how their lives are progressing in the author’s mind. I’ll be watching for Book 5 to learn what’s in store next for the McKenna Family.
Thank you, Bethany House Publishers, for sending me a complimentary copy of Silenced in exchange for my review.