When her prodigal brother Reef's return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him.
Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.
When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself--and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.
I read the first book in this series, Submerged and loved it. As I went into reading Shattered I expected my feelings to reciprocate...and they did.
Since I knew the majority of the cast of characters, I felt familiar with their personalities. Dani was consistent in the development of a very nosy Piper and a over-protective Landon in the first book that I was able to slip right into this read without having to decipher what they were really like. Though I enjoyed the characters, at the same time I found some of them lacking. Piper for example was naive. She allowed the desire to clear her brother's name to cloud out logic and safety precautions. The spiritual journey Landon takes is touching as he battles with feelings of anger, inadequacy, and ultimately, forgiveness. Landon's child-like faith reminded me that we should all come to the foot of the cross in such a manner of total surrender.
The romantic tension between Landon and Piper was a roller coaster ride I didn't want to get off of. It kept me up late at night, turning pages as fast as I could just to see what was going to happen next. It was interesting to read how Piper and Landon's newfound feelings for one another would develop when the odds were against them all throughout the story.
If you haven't read Dani Pettrey's work, I encourage you to give Submerged and Shattered a try. Dani did an exceptional job at keeping the reader on the edge of their seats but also second guessing themselves just when they think they know all the answers. She also weaved in faith in ways that the reader can glean inspiration for their walk with God. I think this is definitely a book for someone who enjoys a good mystery with plenty of romance. With mystery and danger lurking behind ever page, you will definitely want more!
I received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.