by Dani Pettrey
When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.
Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.
Just as the case seems like it’ll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they’re cut off from any rescue–and right where the killer wants them. It’s a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.
The Crushing Depths is the second book in Dani Pettrey’s newest series, The Coastal Guardians.
This is Rissi & Mason’s story.
I loved these characters. Their back story is told, in part…they both were orphans and got to know each other when they were placed in the same foster home as kids. Mason was Rissi’s protector when she was at the mercy of their abusive foster dad. After he aged out, they lost contact. Now they meet again as adults and their connection is still there.
I had to choose a quote for an Instagram tour I was a part of, and I picked this one, because I felt like it says a lot about the story line. “He didn’t believe in curses, but even he had to admit the Dauntless seemed to beckon Danger.”
Mason and Rissi are sent as a team to investigate the happenings on board the Dauntless, an oil rigger out in the ocean. (The main event being a mysterious death) On their way out, the copter they are in crashes into the ocean. They just barely make it out of that close call, and keep going. Once they finally arrive at the Dauntless, things continue to happen. The employees on board are all but convinced it is Henry’s curse.
Ms. Pettrey unfolds this mystery in a superb manner. Lots of action, danger, a bit of romance thrown in.
I do like the secondary characters, but there are quite a few of them, and it takes a bit of concentration to keep them all straight. One of the reasons I am looking forward to the next book is because I can’t wait to see what happens to another possible romance that appears to be happening in this book.
This story has a lot going on, and I found it to jump around a bit between characters, which was a bit difficult at times.
Overall, this newest suspense novel by Dani Pettrey is once again intriguing and full of danger and mystery, with just enough faith elements thrown in to make it a delightful Christian suspense.
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