Can I just say there are so many excellent releases happening right now and in the coming months? So exciting! Speaking of… fans of Dani Pettrey and romantic suspense, I’ve got good news! Not only is her new series finally out, but I have to say, I like it even more.
In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.
I knew I’d like this book because of the characters. Based on all their jobs alone, yes please. FBI, SWAT and forensics? Yep. Criminal Minds and Law & Order: Criminal Intent were my jams. I loved the focus of friendship and their brotherhood; the good and the hard. I became an instant fan the three friends, their dynamics and what they work through and their development. I loved that with all the mystery and suspense (which I really enjoyed), there was a theme of forgiveness.
Oh! And the story took a different path than what I thought and weaving the stories the way she did worked fabulously and bumped my rating up.
While fans of romantic suspense will appreciate the romantic aspects between Griffin and Finley (in classic Pettrey style), when it comes to suspense novels that usually takes a back seat for me because I’m so hooked on the mystery, the who and the why. But no worries, there’s a healthy balance of both.
Also, through two specific characters (well, all of them really), I was reminded of the power our lives and legacies have to impact and inspire the people we come in contact with. Never stop doing what you’re passionate about that’s making a difference!
I’m looking forward to the next one, can’t wait to see whose story we get next! (Although I think I might know)
P.S. Portions of the book sales go to changing the world (she shares more in the Author’s Notes), which is awesome!
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)