The Killing Tide

The Killing Tide

A Corpse That Only Leads to Secrets. An Old Flame with Danger Written all over Her.Things Are about to Get Very Complicated.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 offi...

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Title:The Killing Tide
Author:Dani Pettrey
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The Killing Tide Reviews

  • Sarita

    Fans of Dani Pettrey can expect a thrilling ride in this first book of what I expect will be another great series.

    When I saw that she will bring out a new book, I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. From the first page of the first chapter, right till the end of the book, I was taken on a suspenseful ride with so much happening that I was engaged right till the end and was shocked by the revelation of the villain (who was quite twisted).

    I loved the premise

    Fans of Dani Pettrey can expect a thrilling ride in this first book of what I expect will be another great series.

    When I saw that she will bring out a new book, I had great expectations and I was not disappointed. From the first page of the first chapter, right till the end of the book, I was taken on a suspenseful ride with so much happening that I was engaged right till the end and was shocked by the revelation of the villain (who was quite twisted).

    I loved the premise of the plot and the Coastal Guard Investigation Service team we meet. Noah, we have met in the Chesapeake Valor series but here we get to know him and his team. All of the members in the team was so interesting and lovable - I am hoping for an extended series with books about each of them. The ending just made me want to pick up book 2 (please release soon!).

    Finn and Gabby - Finn quickly stole my heart and I just enjoyed his character more as the story continued. Gabby, with her venturesome personality cause quite a few suspenseful scenes. The author did a great job of introducing small hints of events in their pasts which was revealed as the story developed.

    I also enjoyed the Rowley family dynamics and hope to see more of them in the series.

    If you loved investigative stories, for example NCIS, and teams where they are more like family, and never-ending suspense, you should definitely go and get this book!

    *I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Hannah

    Finn and Gabby were an interesting couple. It’s always a challenge for an author to show a couple with history meeting again after a space of time, and Pettrey mostly did a good job compensating for all the things we didn’t see about their history.

    The danger starts right up on page one and the story is off to a thrilling start. Gabby’s got a target on her back and her brother doesn’t hesitate to call his buddy Finn to help keep Gabby safe. I really enjoyed Noah’s protective streak and how deter

    Finn and Gabby were an interesting couple. It’s always a challenge for an author to show a couple with history meeting again after a space of time, and Pettrey mostly did a good job compensating for all the things we didn’t see about their history.

    The danger starts right up on page one and the story is off to a thrilling start. Gabby’s got a target on her back and her brother doesn’t hesitate to call his buddy Finn to help keep Gabby safe. I really enjoyed Noah’s protective streak and how determined he is to make sure his sister lives through this threat.

    Finn was a likeable hero who won me over pretty fast. He’s a man’s man and takes his job seriously. I have a nephew in the Coast Guard, and I love finding stories whose protagonists are also. Their investigative service (CGIS) plays heavily into solving this mystery and the thrills never stop as the plot twists and turns on itself countless times. I read it all in a single sitting!

    18+ for heavy romantic attraction and focus on romance

    Clean with a bit of violence.

    Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Melanie

    I'm a huge fan of Dani Pettrey's previous two series, so it's no surprise that I was eager to pick up The Killing Tide as soon as possible.

    I found the book easy to read. It started off great and I found the story to be enjoyable. The book was written very well and I liked the characters...although Gabby could be a little frustrating at times withe her carelessness.

    All in all, The Killing Tide was very good and I'm looking forward to the next book; I have a feeling I know

    I'm a huge fan of Dani Pettrey's previous two series, so it's no surprise that I was eager to pick up The Killing Tide as soon as possible.

    I found the book easy to read. It started off great and I found the story to be enjoyable. The book was written very well and I liked the characters...although Gabby could be a little frustrating at times withe her carelessness.

    All in all, The Killing Tide was very good and I'm looking forward to the next book; I have a feeling I know who the main characters will be and I can't wait for their story.

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Staci

    Nice start to a new series! I didn't guess who the primary villain was which is great. The main female character took some crazy risks that I was shaking my head about. Pettrey set up the next novel in spectacular fashion and I can't wait to read it!

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    There's plenty of action and suspense in this quick-paced novel that introduces us to a new team of agents, their friends and family. Gabby has a tough shell and is 100% devoted to her job and identity as an investigative reporter- and the risk to her life seems like an afterthought. I was surprised at how cavalier her attitude is about the safety of herself and others, but perhaps that's just her defense mechanism. She and Finn have had a relationship in the past but she left him behind to purs

    There's plenty of action and suspense in this quick-paced novel that introduces us to a new team of agents, their friends and family. Gabby has a tough shell and is 100% devoted to her job and identity as an investigative reporter- and the risk to her life seems like an afterthought. I was surprised at how cavalier her attitude is about the safety of herself and others, but perhaps that's just her defense mechanism. She and Finn have had a relationship in the past but she left him behind to pursue a new job opportunity in another city. So in this book the chemistry and angst is already present in their interactions. Part of the story is told from Rissi's point of view as well, and I'm hoping the next book features her as the main character. She is the youngest member of the CGI team as well as the only female, and she also competes in various water sports competitions during the story with Gabby's brother Noah and Travis, another agent. The different loose threads and angles they are each investigating in the beginning tighten up as the plot progresses and the reading was full of tension as it drew closer to the climax. A great one for suspense fans!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    Dani Pettrey is a talented author, and I won't deny that. While I haven't actually found one of her books that I hands-down love yet, I keep coming back and trying more. This series, in particular, seems to have a lot of promise. Plus, I can't get over that gorgeous cover.

    Plot and story wise, Pettrey's books are sound and incredibly unique. I am always sucked in by that aspect and can't stop turning pages! I had no idea who the perpetrator was until it was revealed near the end, and I was quite

    Dani Pettrey is a talented author, and I won't deny that. While I haven't actually found one of her books that I hands-down love yet, I keep coming back and trying more. This series, in particular, seems to have a lot of promise. Plus, I can't get over that gorgeous cover.

    Plot and story wise, Pettrey's books are sound and incredibly unique. I am always sucked in by that aspect and can't stop turning pages! I had no idea who the perpetrator was until it was revealed near the end, and I was quite shocked! Although for a moment, I had to remember who that character was, so maybe a little more interaction with him in the book would have made that clearer for the reader. The ending took a pretty creepy turn that I didn't particularly care for, but the action and suspense throughout was on point. My adrenaline was racing at times!

    Character and romance wise are where I feel that Pettrey falls short. For me, at least. The characters seem to be based entirely around each other and the romance, leaving little room for character arcs and development. Characters can make a or break a story for me most times, so that is perhaps why I feel a lack of connection with Pettrey's books. Although I will say that her secondary characters seem to be so much more developed and I honestly found myself more attached to them than our main characters. And as for the romance, it ends up being far too steamy for my tastes. There are many heated scenes throughout including passionate kisses, loads of physical attraction and 'tingles' and 'jitters' at the other's nearness\touch. While of course it never becomes an all-out sex scene in any way, I nonetheless found myself blushing and skimming through these scenes. The romance was based so much on physical attraction and not the characters personality or character qualities, which always gets a thumb-down for me.

    All in all, if you are looking for a suspense-y, action-packed story heavy on the romance, definitely check this one out! It wasn't my favorite, but it could be yours. :)

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  • Anne

    My Review

    3.5 Stars

    The Killing Tide has an amazing cover and it’s even better in print. I’m visual, so I base whether or not I want to read a book on the cover first and the blurb second. Both of these things made me anticipate the release of

    . The mystery and suspense is good too. Anyone who has read a Pettrey book knows she is one of the “big fish in the sea” when it comes to writing compelling stories.

    So

    My Review

    3.5 Stars

    The Killing Tide has an amazing cover and it’s even better in print. I’m visual, so I base whether or not I want to read a book on the cover first and the blurb second. Both of these things made me anticipate the release of

    . The mystery and suspense is good too. Anyone who has read a Pettrey book knows she is one of the “big fish in the sea” when it comes to writing compelling stories.

    Quite a first line, huh? Waves of intrigue crash onto the page right from the beginning. The plot is believable as far as the Coastal Guardians go with their extensive training and investigative techniques.

    Gabby, the heroine, is an investigative reporter with a back story involving Finn, our hero. While Gabby is not afraid of danger, many of her attitudes and actions seemed irresponsible and bratty to me. She’s constantly going against wise counsel where her safety is concerned. I just couldn’t connect with her character. And I would have found her inclusion in every aspect of the CGIS case more plausible if she had been introduced as official support personnel.

    Regardless of my disconnect with Gabby, I still liked the story and I learned a lot about the United States Coast Guard while reading

    . I’m anticipating book two highlighting more of our brave Coastal Guardians.

    I recommend this book to fans of contemporary romantic suspense interlaced with strong faith. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  • Abbi

    I have been a Dani Pettrey fan since her debut and I have anxiously awaited each new novel as was definitely the case with this one!

    First of all I have to talk about this epic cover! It’s simple while being unique and interesting! And I love the colors too!

    Now for what was inside the stunning cover. Sadly for me this book didn’t quite hit the mark of what I’ve come to expect from a Pettrey novel. The non-stop action and suspense was definitely still there-it seemed like you never kne

    I have been a Dani Pettrey fan since her debut and I have anxiously awaited each new novel as was definitely the case with this one!

    First of all I have to talk about this epic cover! It’s simple while being unique and interesting! And I love the colors too!

    Now for what was inside the stunning cover. Sadly for me this book didn’t quite hit the mark of what I’ve come to expect from a Pettrey novel. The non-stop action and suspense was definitely still there-it seemed like you never knew what was coming next! Every chapter had something else happening! But at times it felt like there was almost too much going on and the connections that were being made came across as a little coincidental at times.

    There were quite a few characters introduced at the beginning but as the story progressed it became easier to keep track of them all. I liked Finn and his dedication to rescuing people and finding justice. Gabby though did not make herself very likable. Reporters are always a hard sell for me and the way she put getting a scoop above everything, even her own safety, was more than a little irritating. I did appreciate that there had been a bit of a relationship in the past between Gabby and Finn so that things on that front didn’t seem so rushed. I wouldn’t have minded just a little more actual romance in the story, but with everything going on it was hard to find time for that!

    The rest of the group was fun and I’m looking forward to getting more of their stories in the next books! I have a pretty good idea of who will be next and I think it will make for an interesting story!

    So while this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations, other people are loving it (so don’t just take my word for it) and I trust this author enough to know that she has more amazing stories in store for us and I cannot wait to read them!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • ✨ Gramy ✨

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    The heroine and main character of this tale are Gabby Rowley, an investigative reporter under attack by a hit ordered by drug dealer Xavier Fuentes that she did a story on. Her brother takes her to their hometown, where she is surrounded by family, friends, and Coast Guard employees to help protect her. However, she does not take the danger seriously and walks into dangerous situations over and over again (

    ) while she delves into a mystery in(like

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    The heroine and main character of this tale are Gabby Rowley, an investigative reporter under attack by a hit ordered by drug dealer Xavier Fuentes that she did a story on. Her brother takes her to their hometown, where she is surrounded by family, friends, and Coast Guard employees to help protect her. However, she does not take the danger seriously and walks into dangerous situations over and over again (

    ) while she delves into a mystery involving the murder of one of the noble Coast Guard agents, already being considered by the Coast Guard Investigative Service themselves.

    This story weaves the experiences of too many different characters together, defining their obstacles, fears, hopes, and dreams. Each character faced a different sort of danger in their daily lives, even if they were not aware of the specifics at the moment. This may be justified by this being the introduction to the series, but I found it a bit overwhelming.

    So Gabby's brother, Noah, who is also Finn's boss, requests that Finn to allow Gabby to live on his property with assurances Finn will do everything possible to keep her safe. You can't ignore the sparks that fly between Gabby and Finn, who had previously dissolved a romantic relationship within the past year. This man is a romantic dream, even going so far as to bring her breakfast in bed.

    The narration of Nina Alvamar left much to be desired for the male characters in the book Since the majority of the characters were of the male persuasion it does bring down my rating for the book.

    Unfortunately, the adrenaline some people get from reading a thriller affects me in the opposite manner. I'm not turned on by pulse-pounding anticipation in the least. In fact, it actually turns me off! I guess that means I am wired differently than many others in the world I don't feel different, I feel unique.

    So, I liked many parts of the book and did not care for other parts. It is obviously not one of my favorites. But for those readers that get a thrill from a mild mystery thriller, this may work out great for them.

    As you are probably aware, this is a clean tale, with Christian inflection, and some kissing. It does conclude a H.E.A. of sorts, an actual solution for the murder/mystery, and a surprise twist that will prepare readers for the next volume.

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    The Killing Tide

    (Coastal Guardians Book #1)

    - Kindle Edition

    by Dani Pettrey (Author)

    Print Length: 351 pages

    *** SPOILER HINT ***

    :

    . . . With wings wide, we soared above the clouds.

    . . . above the grime, into the blue sublime.

    . . . The sweet smell of freedom touched my soul for a blissful moment

    . . . until the grip of violence clasped me hard

    . . . dragging me back under as he soared.

    . . . A prisoner again, I see nights with no end.

    Her memories and thoughts about her past and the part this special person played in her life seem to be something she will need to continue to work through or a build-up for the next book perhaps. Only time will tell.

    ..

  • Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via the publisher. It does not impact my review.

    It’s always a disappointing thing when a book by one of your favorite authors doesn’t end up working for you. This was the case for me and The Killing Tide.

    What I Liked

    -I thought the actual mystery aspect of the story was well done. It was pretty well-paced and Pettrey did a good job of weaving together multiple cases.

    -I liked the setting and that many of the main characters are i

    I received a copy of this title via the publisher. It does not impact my review.

    It’s always a disappointing thing when a book by one of your favorite authors doesn’t end up working for you. This was the case for me and The Killing Tide.

    What I Liked

    -I thought the actual mystery aspect of the story was well done. It was pretty well-paced and Pettrey did a good job of weaving together multiple cases.

    -I liked the setting and that many of the main characters are in the Coast Guard. That’s something new I haven’t read a lot of before and I found it pretty interesting.

    -I thought Pettrey did a good job with incorporating the characters’ faith in into the story. There wasn’t really any big lesson, it was just daily life and I liked that.

    What Didn’t Work for Me

    -Gabby drove me crazy for pretty much this whole book. The first time we meet her she narrowly escapes an attempt on her life and she ends up going to her brother so he and his Coast Guard friends can help protect her. But then she fights against the notion of needing to be protected the whole time and continually runs away from the people who are supposed to be watching her, which I just found really annoying and selfish. And her whole defense is that she needs to chase the story because God made her passionate about it and to ask her not to do it is wrong. Um, pretty sure that’s not how God works. She just really, really rubbed me the wrong way and pretty much ruined the book for me.

    -The romance didn’t really work for me. We find out that prior to the events of this book, Gabby and Finn had started a relationship, which was cut short when Gabby moved away. They both already had strong feelings for each other when the story starts and so we miss all of the build up. I never really felt their chemistry when they’re reunited and so I never got invested in them as a couple.

    -There are a lot of characters that are thrown out in the beginning. I had a really hard time keeping them straight. It took about half the book before I could start to tell them all apart. While I don’t have a problem with any of them, none of them really stood out to me as someone I would be excited to read about next.

    -I think my biggest problem with the book, though, is the way that Gabby was involved in the official investigation. Let me preface this by saying Gabby is not in law enforcement, she is a reporter. Throughout the story Finn has her help him process a crime scene where there were multiple murders, she uses Coast Guard computers to do her own research on the case, she accompanies Finn while he is investigating leads and persons of interest, and she is part of debriefing sessions of multiple cases. And the reason for all this? She’s incorrigible and would just go out and investigate on her own if they didn’t include her, so might as well keep an eye on her. THIS IS NOT HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKS. My brother is a police officer and I talked to him about some of these things and asked what would happen if he involved a civilian like this while working. He would be fired. I understand for the sake of fiction there are certain allowances made, but I feel this is just way too unbelievable. And this is a complaint I have about several books by this author.

    Overall

    Overall, The Killing Tide was just not for me. Even though the pace seemed steady and there was a lot of action, I found myself bored for most of the book. I found Gabby so unlikable that it made it hard to get through the story at times. However, everyone I know that has read this have all really loved it, so it might just be me and my mood. I do plan on reading more from Pettrey in the future and am hoping my experience with this book is just an anomaly.

    Overall Rating (out of 5): 2.5 Stars

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