Monday, February 13, 2017

Dani Pettrey's "Still Life" - delightfully creepy suspense

Still Life (Chesapeake Valor #2)Crime scene photographer Avery Tate attends the opening of a photography exhibit a friend modeled for, but the only image of her friend is one of her posing as if dead--and really looking dead, unlike the other models. The photographer claims he didn't take the photograph, and when her friend can't be found, Avery turns to the person she trusts most for help--her former boss, Parker Mitchell. As they look for her friend, what they uncover is something far darker than they could have imagined.

I've really been enjoying this series, and I highly recommend reading Cold Shot first. The group dynamics, part of what makes the series so great, are richer for reading the whole series. Plus, the books are building on each other; not only are we getting to know the characters better, but they are slowly progressing on the case of a friend who vanished seven years before.

In the meantime, there's an intense case in this book, centered around Avery and an old friend of hers. It is marvelously creepy for a Christian suspense (though still tasteful, especially in comparison to most crime shows). The art depicted is certainly not something that I would want to create or buy! I enjoy a good suspense, and this is one. And the title is very fitting.

Based on what I've read so far, the books in this series are more dependent on each other than you often find in a romantic suspense series, so I have a feeling I will enjoy rereading it even more when the series is complete. But don't let it stop you from reading this book now! I can't wait to see what the crew investigates next!

Thank you Bethany House for providing a free book. No review--positive or otherwise--was required, and all opinions are my own.

Chesapeake Valor
1. Cold Shot
2. Still Life
3. Blind Spot
4. Dead Drift (July 2018)

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