Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)
Book Description:

Work hits too close to home for crime scene photographer Avery Tate when her best friend disappears. The only lead is a chilling photo of her--apparently dead. As Avery, her boss Parker, and his friends dig into the case, she's forced to confront her feelings for Parker when they come face-to-face with a dangerous criminal.

Book Review:

Here is the Dani Pettrey I've been waiting for.  She got lost somewhere, but she's back! I finished this book quickly (and not only because I couldn't sleep) and it made me curious enough to go back and start over with the first in this series. Which is saying something because while I don't remember much of the first book in the series, I do remember that I didn't love it that much.

To be clear, this is not a stand-alone novel. I read the first, and I was actually lost for some of the book because I couldn't remember who was who and what the overall problem of the series was. It vaguely came back to me, but if you haven't read the first one yet you will probably be extremely lost with this one.

There is a lot going on in this novel, and I'll admit that sometimes I wish the author would pick a couple and stick with them instead of weaving everyone's stories into each book as more than an aside. But it wasn't as distracting this time around.

The writing is solid and the suspense is pretty good. The endings to the suspense are not anti-climactic, because I enjoyed them, but they aren't typical either. Avery and Parker are people that I could get behind and cheer on, but I will admit that I'm excited for Declan's story.

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)

Title: Still Life
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: January 2017
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.