August 27, 2013

Title: Submerged
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 313
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0982-6

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

One single clue.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation—and Yancey's a town that doesn't forget. She's returned only to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash, but then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can face dangerous rescue dives. He can face the fear a murderer may be threatening his town. But facing the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart...but doesn't seem to be the same girl who left Yancey ten years ago. And he's not the same guy she left behind.

Racing against the clock and a rising body count, Bailey and Cole must move beyond the hurts of their pasts to work together until the truth of what is hidden in the depths finally surfaces.

This is the first book I've read by Dani Pettrey and I'm glad it is a start to a series! Submerged brings you to Alaska and into the wonderful lives of the McKenna family. It also brings you into a world of mystery and suspense that keeps you reading long into the evening.

Submerged follows Bailey Craig on her return visit to Yancy, Alaska after the death of her aunt. The only family she really ever had. Only for that reason, does Bailey go. In high school, she was the easy girl of the school, but years have passed and she is no longer who she once was, but she knows people can have long memories. Bailey works hard to get things settled for her aunt's property and is ready to go and leave her old life completely behind her for good, until Cole McKenna, her ex shows up at her door wanting help. Seeing him, Bailey battles her memories of the hurt she caused him and the guilt of her actions. Submerged isn't just a mystery/suspense, but also about Bailey's own personal battle of overcoming her past.

The oldest of the McKenna clan, Cole has had the responsibility to care for his younger siblings after the death of their parents when he was in college. He has done the best he can. Two of his sisters and a brother have stayed close to home, but one of his brothers has left and isn't heard from much. After the struggles of losing his parents, Cole came to God and started to work with the youth of his church. He remembers the pain he dealt with from Bailey, but learned to move on from it and forgive and wants to help the teenagers in his area. Cole is a great hero! I loved reading about him and his family and the closeness between him and his siblings is heartwarming.

Submerged was a fun read that put and interesting spin on Alaska's history. It also made me miss Sunrise Beagle. Alaska has the best coffee/hot chocolate/food shacks. I was pulled into the story and felt I was there enjoying another Alaska summer. Can't wait to read more!

Too Read
4 out of 5

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