Published by Bethany House Publishers on August 6, 2019
Also by this author: Still Life, Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor, #3), Dead Drift
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When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, CGIS special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous and volatile crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer's adrift cutter, and the direction the clues point will test him and the guard to their limits.
Complicating matters further is the arrival of investigative reporter Harper Grace. An unrelenting journalist who was nearly killed as the result of her last expose, Harper has been sent to Wilmington on the hunch of her boss that the Coast Guard is stonewalling the truth about the officers. An interview with the dead victim's wife convinces her there's a story worth uncovering, even if it means risking her life again.
Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Harper can't ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them, but will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer before they become his next mark?
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I grabbed my sandals and headed to my favorite chair on the patio to dive into the newest book (and first in the series), The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey. The patio was as close as I could get to the ocean at the time, but as I dove into the story, I started to feel like it was close enough for the time being.
The new series opens up with a Coast Guard officer being found dead and another one missing. With an intriguing start, we get to meet Finn Walker and Gabby Rowley. Their relationship is an interesting one, as Gabby is Finn's boss's sister.
While this book held the usual suspense I've come to expect from Pettrey, it didn't keep me captive the way her other books have. In defense of the author, the ARC version of the book I had didn't have section breaks, which made the story challenging to follow as one scene ran into another. While I tried not to let the formatting interfere with my enjoyment of this book, I'm sure it had some impact on the development of the story as it was a huge distraction.
Despite the formatting, I enjoyed the variety of characters and setting of this book. I'm chalking my struggle with feeling captivated by the story to the formatting because Pettrey is a talented author, and I've enjoyed many of her other books.