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They know the power and peril of the ocean. But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . . An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface. When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on e They know the power and peril of the ocean. But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . . An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface. When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the "plague on the environment" from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below. Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other. Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they're cut off from any rescue--right where the killer wants them.


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They know the power and peril of the ocean. But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . . An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface. When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on e They know the power and peril of the ocean. But as they get closer to the deadly truth . . . An even greater danger lurks just beneath the surface. When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker, Coast Guard Investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are flown to the scene thirty-eight miles from shore. Tensions aboard the rig are high, and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the "plague on the environment" from continuing its work. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating on board about an ancient curse lurking in the depths below. Mounting evidence shows the death might not have been an accident. Was the man killed by one of the activists or, more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only numerous suspects, but also their own haunted pasts and their attraction to each other. Just as the case seems about to break open, worse news arrives: a tropical storm has turned their way. Now they're cut off from any rescue--right where the killer wants them.

30 review for The Crushing Depths

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “The breeze whipping off the ocean swirled sea air around them. He loved the smell of the sea. It was the same no matter where he went. One of God’s great constants.” The Crushing Depths, the second installment in Dani Pettrey’s Coastal Guardians series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Dani Pettrey consistently writes fabulous faith-filled romantic suspense novels filled with wonderful charact Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “The breeze whipping off the ocean swirled sea air around them. He loved the smell of the sea. It was the same no matter where he went. One of God’s great constants.” The Crushing Depths, the second installment in Dani Pettrey’s Coastal Guardians series, is an action-packed romantic suspense novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Dani Pettrey consistently writes fabulous faith-filled romantic suspense novels filled with wonderful characters, surprising plot twists, and a perfect amount of romance. Readers will be reunited with their favorite Coast Guard Investigative Service team members in this novel, and with the addition of CGIS agent Mason Rogers, the team is now complete. Childhood friends Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers haven’t seen each other in 10 years until Mason joins the CGIS team. Chemistry and attraction from their youth carry over to present day as Mason and Rissi work together to solve a mysterious death on an oil rig. Personally, I love a lot of romance in my suspense and Dani Pettrey delivers perfectly. The scenes between Mason and Rissi are some of my favorites in the novel and their history together as children makes their relationship bonds even stronger. There are many new minor characters introduced throughout the novel who play a role in the investigations, so readers will need to keep those characters straight as the number of suspects increases. The Crushing Depths is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Irene Hannon. Readers will be eagerly anticipating the third book in the series to discover more about their favorite members of the Coast Guard Investigative Service team. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “He’d dreamt of this moment more times than he could count and now that it was here, he didn’t want to rush a thing. After a decade, he was finally kissing the woman he loved.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Another great read by Dani Pettrey and the second book in this new series! A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon following Rissi and Mason as they solve their case on an oil rig along with different complications getting their way! I loved guessing whodunit in this book! It's not who you think it is at first! Pettrey has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat to see what Rissi and Mason and the other team members will do next! There were different places in this book that will make you Another great read by Dani Pettrey and the second book in this new series! A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon following Rissi and Mason as they solve their case on an oil rig along with different complications getting their way! I loved guessing whodunit in this book! It's not who you think it is at first! Pettrey has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat to see what Rissi and Mason and the other team members will do next! There were different places in this book that will make you laugh and if not at least grinning at the team member's gentle banter throughout the book. It's what I liked best about this book. Another thing I liked was how Pettrey has indeed done her research for the investigation part of this book so we'll that she's made it so believable and real like you were a part of the team yourself! This book was fantastic! I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because this sure did not disappoint! I highly recommend this great read! You'll not be disappointed! My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a copy of the book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    This book is action packed from the opening chapter. Rissi and Mason are excellent as investigators and people. The story was fast paced and kept me guessing until the very end! There are few times, when I don't figure out who the culprit is, but this book got me. Looking forward to what's next in this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    The Crushing Depths is the second book in the Coastal Guardian series. This series follows a team of Coast Guard Investigators as they seek justice. Action, tension, mystery and romance create a compelling story. A death on an oil rig seems like an unfortunate accident, but Coast Guard are called to investigate the details of what happened. Investigators Rissi and Mason are flown to the rig, but their helicopter crashes on its way. Both investigators are fortunate to survive and even more determi The Crushing Depths is the second book in the Coastal Guardian series. This series follows a team of Coast Guard Investigators as they seek justice. Action, tension, mystery and romance create a compelling story. A death on an oil rig seems like an unfortunate accident, but Coast Guard are called to investigate the details of what happened. Investigators Rissi and Mason are flown to the rig, but their helicopter crashes on its way. Both investigators are fortunate to survive and even more determined to find out what is going on. Their investigation leads them to consider the rising tension between the rig crew and a group of environmental protestors and rumours of a curse that has the men on edge. Book two in this Coastal Guardians series follows Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers. Rissi and Mason were childhood friends. They both resided in a children’s home, following the breakdown of their own families. They both suffered horrific trauma and abuse in that children’s home. They were each the other’s support system. They were separated and only found each other recently. Working together gives them a chance to reconnect, but it is quickly clear to both of them that their past ties them together and their feelings run far deeper than friendship. Alongside their deepening feelings, both Mason and Rissi must face the hurts of their past. Flashbacks give the reader some insight into the trauma they faced. It gives a solid background to their romance and justifies why their feelings deepen so quickly. Readers of book one will recognise the tight CGIS team that form the background of this series. While each book can be read as a complete and separate story, the backstory and romantic relationships of the characters overlap. While Rissi and Mason are the main characters, their team all partake in the investigation and some chapters are written from the perspective of other characters. Noah, leader of the group, features, and his growing feelings and protection of a Coast Guard Medic seems set to feature in the next book. All these story threads gives the book a family feel and I loved the teasing between the team and the support they give each other. The mystery and investigation is exciting. From the initial explosion to the helicopter crash, the beginning is as exciting as the conclusion. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I love reading this author’s books, and this one will not disappoint, and you will be holding your breath as the danger happens. This is the second book in this series, and yes, I recommend you read it, but you can start here there is enough information given. I enjoyed being reunited with these characters, and looking forward to more. This one will have you guessing and surprises are coming, a lot I new saw in my mind. We are given a few facts that will keep you guessing, and there is a lot of I love reading this author’s books, and this one will not disappoint, and you will be holding your breath as the danger happens. This is the second book in this series, and yes, I recommend you read it, but you can start here there is enough information given. I enjoyed being reunited with these characters, and looking forward to more. This one will have you guessing and surprises are coming, a lot I new saw in my mind. We are given a few facts that will keep you guessing, and there is a lot of action taking place. We are following more than one story, but the characters all interact, and I was quickly page turning for answers, and solutions. We are offered a bit of sweet romance, and revealing of the horrors that brought these two special people together to begin with. There is some unrequited love here, but maybe there is a spark from someone else? Actually, there is a third case of maybe a match, you will have to read and see? If you like non-stop action, like helicopter chrashes for example you to will find this a riveting read! I received this book through the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn

    The 2nd book in Dani Pettrey’s Coastal Guardian Series did not disappoint! I loved reading about Rissi and Mason and their past that binds them together while working a case that involves a death on an oil rig. Was it really an accident? Could it be someone involved in an environmental activist group out to cause problems, or one of their own? Things are quickly escalating when a tropical storm appears and they are trapped on the rig with a potential killer. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentar The 2nd book in Dani Pettrey’s Coastal Guardian Series did not disappoint! I loved reading about Rissi and Mason and their past that binds them together while working a case that involves a death on an oil rig. Was it really an accident? Could it be someone involved in an environmental activist group out to cause problems, or one of their own? Things are quickly escalating when a tropical storm appears and they are trapped on the rig with a potential killer. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LisLovesReading E.Espinoza

    The Crushing Depths, by Dani Pettrey, is a genuine page-turner! This second book in the Coastal Guardians series offers a thrilling mix of mystery, suspense, action, faith, and romance. From beginning to end, this faced-paced novel is truly entertaining and thoroughly gripping. Brimming with sand and surf, the Atlantic coastal setting enriches the plot and contributes to the authentic feel of the story. The vibrant characters also make this book special. They are relatable, likable, smart, and in The Crushing Depths, by Dani Pettrey, is a genuine page-turner! This second book in the Coastal Guardians series offers a thrilling mix of mystery, suspense, action, faith, and romance. From beginning to end, this faced-paced novel is truly entertaining and thoroughly gripping. Brimming with sand and surf, the Atlantic coastal setting enriches the plot and contributes to the authentic feel of the story. The vibrant characters also make this book special. They are relatable, likable, smart, and interesting. The engrossing plot is detailed with layers of mystery that are utterly compelling especially as investigative clues and suspect motivations are revealed. Like swelling ocean waves, the themes of adversity, courage, faith, perseverance, and restoration add depth and meaning to a riveting story that uplifts while it entertains. The Crushing Depths is more than a story of romance and suspense. It also shines with an emphasis on friendship and second chances. As the characters grapple with difficult and dangerous events, they move closer to wholeness as they heal from events of their past. Their faith and trust grows stronger as they discover that true security is found in the promises of God and in the love and support of friends. With its integral setting, perceptive characters, and captivating plot, The Crushing Depths easily held my attention page after page. Ms. Pettrey is a talented author with a real gift for writing stories that are hard to put down. The Crushing Depths is a book I can easily recommend to all readers who enjoy clean, suspenseful, romantic fiction, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the series! *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What an intriguing, multi-faceted story! This author does a great job of writing compelling team interactions in her novels, with characters who feel very real to me. I loved the romance between Rissi and Mason. What a history these two had, full of difficulties and trauma from their youth. Knowing what they had both endured as teens, and the bond they developed in the past, made seeing them find each other again even more heartwarming. The investigation into all that was going wrong on the offsho What an intriguing, multi-faceted story! This author does a great job of writing compelling team interactions in her novels, with characters who feel very real to me. I loved the romance between Rissi and Mason. What a history these two had, full of difficulties and trauma from their youth. Knowing what they had both endured as teens, and the bond they developed in the past, made seeing them find each other again even more heartwarming. The investigation into all that was going wrong on the offshore oil rig was fascinating and kept me guessing, as more and more seemed to go wrong. The step by step way that Mason and Rissi worked to uncover the facts felt very realistic to me and I appreciated seeing the way the entire team worked using their individual strengths to follow leads and solve the case. I enjoyed the glimpses into the lives of some of the other team members, making me excited to find out who will be the lead characters in the next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Another great read by Dani Pettrey and the second book in this new series! A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon following Rissi and Mason as they solve their case on an oil rig along with different complications getting their way! I loved guessing whodunit in this book! It's not who you think it is at first! Pettrey has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat to see what Rissi and Mason and the other team members will do next! There were different places in this book that will make you Another great read by Dani Pettrey and the second book in this new series! A wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon following Rissi and Mason as they solve their case on an oil rig along with different complications getting their way! I loved guessing whodunit in this book! It's not who you think it is at first! Pettrey has a way of keeping you on the edge of your seat to see what Rissi and Mason and the other team members will do next! There were different places in this book that will make you laugh and if not at least grinning at the team member's gentle banter throughout the book. It's what I liked best about this book. Another thing I liked was how Pettrey has indeed done her research for the investigation part of this book so we'll that she's made it so believable and real like you were a part of the team yourself! This book was fantastic! I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because this sure did not disappoint! I highly recommend this great read! You'll not be disappointed! My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a copy of the book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    We all face moments in life where we just don't understand why things are happening to us, or even if any good will ever come from it. But God is always in control when evil is running rampant and the world is spinning out of control. He is the healer of broken hearts and shattered lives. There is nothing that He cannot put back together.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    This book starts off with a bang and keeps right on going! I was hooked right from the first chapter! Dani Pettrey never disappoints when it comes to suspense. There's a plethora of suspects and just when I think I know who is behind it, something happens to change my mind. While this one deals with an oil rig, Pettrey doesn't get bogged down in the environmental impacts and politics. This one reminded me a bit of NCIS with the dialogue and meeting around the white board. I love the interaction This book starts off with a bang and keeps right on going! I was hooked right from the first chapter! Dani Pettrey never disappoints when it comes to suspense. There's a plethora of suspects and just when I think I know who is behind it, something happens to change my mind. While this one deals with an oil rig, Pettrey doesn't get bogged down in the environmental impacts and politics. This one reminded me a bit of NCIS with the dialogue and meeting around the white board. I love the interactions between the team members. The side plot on this one has me anxious for the next book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'She wouldn't let fear stop her.' I've been reading Dani Pettrey a long time and she definitely knows how to write suspense. This is her second in her Coastal Guardians series and it is just fascinating! I love the dynamics of the CGIS team and those very dynamics have me eager to read more about each team member in the future. This one mainly features Mason and Rissi and I just loved the preciousness of Mason's love for Rissi. Danger and suspense are Pettrey's trademark and she does both so well 'She wouldn't let fear stop her.' I've been reading Dani Pettrey a long time and she definitely knows how to write suspense. This is her second in her Coastal Guardians series and it is just fascinating! I love the dynamics of the CGIS team and those very dynamics have me eager to read more about each team member in the future. This one mainly features Mason and Rissi and I just loved the preciousness of Mason's love for Rissi. Danger and suspense are Pettrey's trademark and she does both so well, regularly adding more layers into the mix, leaving her readers' attention captured at the beginning and held tight until the end. Very, very suspenseful and captivating. Well done! *My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    This story had me all in and invested from the very beginning and didn't let up. It's that 'hold on tight because you know this will be a fun ride' feeling. I love when that happens. Even though there is a strong forward momentum, the author does a good job of giving me space to know the characters. Rissi and Mason have history together from when they were children. It's not a great shared history but I enjoyed how their story unfolded and expanded my understanding of their relationship and thei This story had me all in and invested from the very beginning and didn't let up. It's that 'hold on tight because you know this will be a fun ride' feeling. I love when that happens. Even though there is a strong forward momentum, the author does a good job of giving me space to know the characters. Rissi and Mason have history together from when they were children. It's not a great shared history but I enjoyed how their story unfolded and expanded my understanding of their relationship and their connection. Rissi and Mason are both excellent characters and I enjoyed them so much. There is danger, there is intrigue. The mystery is swirling all over in this book making me anxious with anticipation. It was good stuff. There is another developing plot happening between some side characters and I'm hoping they will be in the spotlight for the next book. It's shaping up to be good!! Oh! And as a side note, I never want to be an oil rig worker. Or even visit an oil rig. That's some scary stuff and I'm grateful for the people who do the hard jobs for people like me. This series is about a group of people and they are all present in each book so it would probably help to read this series from the beginning for the best character development, but I honestly think this book can stand on it's own. This book releases on June 30th. Content: peril, death, mild violence, kissing, mentions of physical abuse. Christian fiction. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    The Crushing Depths is book number two in Dani Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. While the lead up to this story is introduced in book one, and you'll get to know the team a little bit better reading it first, I do believe this could be enjoyed as a standalone as well. To be honest, I was iffy on the first book in this series. Though I'd looked forward to reading it since its release, it just fell a bit short for me. Still, I felt that more than anything it truly was the lead character that I The Crushing Depths is book number two in Dani Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. While the lead up to this story is introduced in book one, and you'll get to know the team a little bit better reading it first, I do believe this could be enjoyed as a standalone as well. To be honest, I was iffy on the first book in this series. Though I'd looked forward to reading it since its release, it just fell a bit short for me. Still, I felt that more than anything it truly was the lead character that I didn't seem to connect with. I had appreciated the brief portions in that book that gave Rissi's perspective, so I wanted to give the series another shot with this book--- which did focus mostly on Rissi and Mason. The verdict? It was definitely worth the second chance. I could not put this one down. The romance between Rissi and Mason was sweet. They had known each other as teenagers and lost touch. At the end of book one, we leave off as the two are being reunited after all those years. In The Crushing Depths, it picks right up where that one left off. While they were strictly friends when they were younger, there were always deeper feelings there. Coming back together, they find that time has done nothing to dull those feelings. I love a good second chance romance, and this one was truly fantastic. I found myself wanting to read even more of their backstory. Still, as much as I enjoyed the romance, the suspense is definitely the highlight of this book. From the start, there was back to back action and mayhem. It kept me guessing not only what would happen next, but also how it all tied together. There were many viable suspects given throughout the story, which certainly kept you guessing as well. While it seems as though it can be assumed who the ultimate bad guy in the story is fairly early on, there were definitely some unexpected twists thrown in there that kept things interesting. At the end, I did feel like I had a few questions left unanswered, however I also feel like throughout this story, we were also set up for things to come in future books, so perhaps those will be answered there. Overall, this was a great read and I am so glad that I gave the series another chance. It is definitely one that fans of Christian romantic suspense will want to check out, and I for one cannot wait to see what comes next. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Walker

    The Crushing Depths is book #2 in the Coastal Guardian series. This series is a Cristian fiction/ Mystery series. It is SO good! I first picked up the Killing Tide (book #1) and originally didn’t know what I thought about it. It took me 3 tried to get that I wanted to read it. NOT because it was a slow start or that it was a bad book. I just wasn’t used to the style of book. The Coastal Guardian series is just that. It focuses on the US Coast guard in Raleigh, North Carolina solving murder myste The Crushing Depths is book #2 in the Coastal Guardian series. This series is a Cristian fiction/ Mystery series. It is SO good! I first picked up the Killing Tide (book #1) and originally didn’t know what I thought about it. It took me 3 tried to get that I wanted to read it. NOT because it was a slow start or that it was a bad book. I just wasn’t used to the style of book. The Coastal Guardian series is just that. It focuses on the US Coast guard in Raleigh, North Carolina solving murder mysteries. The First book follows the life of Finn Walker & Gabby Rowley. The Second book (this one) focuses on another crew member (Rissi Dawson & Mason Rogers. Meet Rissi & Mason, both were raised in the same orphanage and had a rougher childhood. They seemed to depend on each other quite a bit. Now, that they are partners their relationship feelings ignite again. Rissi & Newcomer Mason are assigned to investigate the murder of a man on an oil rig. With urban legends of a curse and a growing feud between environmentalists and the rig crew. Who is to blame for this murder? This story is clean, has the right amount of romance, a little love triangle, the right amount of mystery and the twists are good. Dani Pettry knows how to focus on the main point of the novel with delivering just enough extra to take the novel to the next level. Thank You to netgalley for providing me with the ARC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    If you love romantic suspense then Dani Pettrey is the author for you! Her fast-paced plots keep you guessing and not just about the mystery! It is neat to see how she effortlessly weaves Faith in Jesus into her books. Her characters leave a lasting impression. leaving you wanting more. Ms. Pettrey is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors! So grab a pitcher of sweet tea and settle in for an awesome adventure! I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thou If you love romantic suspense then Dani Pettrey is the author for you! Her fast-paced plots keep you guessing and not just about the mystery! It is neat to see how she effortlessly weaves Faith in Jesus into her books. Her characters leave a lasting impression. leaving you wanting more. Ms. Pettrey is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors! So grab a pitcher of sweet tea and settle in for an awesome adventure! I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    I have read every one of Pettrey's books and this one continues to show why she is a first-class suspense writer. There are so many things going on yet she brings them all together for a satisfying conclusion. The characters are developed. After a short while, I felt like I knew them. If they were in a room, I'd be able to pick each one out. I loved their team. I can't wait to read more about them, especially Logan and Emmy. They had a unique, spicy competition that promises to be a lot of fun. I have read every one of Pettrey's books and this one continues to show why she is a first-class suspense writer. There are so many things going on yet she brings them all together for a satisfying conclusion. The characters are developed. After a short while, I felt like I knew them. If they were in a room, I'd be able to pick each one out. I loved their team. I can't wait to read more about them, especially Logan and Emmy. They had a unique, spicy competition that promises to be a lot of fun. I liked the fact that Mason and Rissi had a past history together. The speedy progression of their relationship makes sense knowing that. There was a lot of action and danger. There was an excellent pace to the book. It was exciting and hard to put down. I'd highly recommend it. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I have loved Dani Pettrey books for years and the Coastal Guardian series is no exception. The Crushing Depths is the second in the series. One thing I love about her books is she hooks the reader from the very beginning. The Crushing Depths starts out with the mysterious death of a crew member on on oil rig off the coast of NC. Coast Guard investigators Mason and Rissi are sent in via helicopter to investigate. As if the death they were investigating was not enough, the opening line of chapter I have loved Dani Pettrey books for years and the Coastal Guardian series is no exception. The Crushing Depths is the second in the series. One thing I love about her books is she hooks the reader from the very beginning. The Crushing Depths starts out with the mysterious death of a crew member on on oil rig off the coast of NC. Coast Guard investigators Mason and Rissi are sent in via helicopter to investigate. As if the death they were investigating was not enough, the opening line of chapter five..."Mayday!Mayday! We're going down,". Okay, heart pumping and I am officially hooked. Readers are drawn in to multiple plot lines as Mason and Rissi try to get to the bottom of what is going on. Other mysterious events take place on the rig and many believe that everything is tied to a curse while others believe it is the environmentalist group that has vowed to do whatever it takes to stop the drilling. What is really going on? Who is behind all this? You'll have to read to find out. Dani Pettrey is a master of writing page-turning suspense while giving readers just the right amount of romance. I really liked that Rissi and Mason had known each other as teenagers when they both lived in a children's home. They had supported one another as teenagers through some horrific situations, had gone their separate ways, and were brought back together as adults when Mason was assigned to the team Rissi is on. They have a beautiful love story many years in the making. Although this can definitely be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend starting with the Killing Tide. Since that is the first in the series, readers are introduced to the entire team who we get to know even better in The Crushing Depths. This book also provides updates on Gabby and Finn who were featured in the Killing Tide. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. Without giving too much away, there is a side story with Noah who ends up protecting a woman who is in danger. Fingers crossed, there will be something more between them in a future book in the series. Many thanks to the author, Bethany House Publishers, and Netgalley for a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Dani continues to exceed any and all expectations I have when it comes to her books. She truly is an amazing author who inspires me daily through her writing. The Crushing Depths takes place almost immediately after The Killing Tide ends so you don’t miss a moment and it’s the best thing ever. You’re quickly thrown back into the middle of the adventure, joining the CGIS team and the sometimes deadly cases they take on. The suspense in this book will have you on the edge of your seat, holding your Dani continues to exceed any and all expectations I have when it comes to her books. She truly is an amazing author who inspires me daily through her writing. The Crushing Depths takes place almost immediately after The Killing Tide ends so you don’t miss a moment and it’s the best thing ever. You’re quickly thrown back into the middle of the adventure, joining the CGIS team and the sometimes deadly cases they take on. The suspense in this book will have you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath as your pulse races. You’ll desperately turn the pages trying to find out what’s going on and if everyone will be okay, because with Pettrey’s books you never know. I personally thought this book had a little more romance than some of Dani’s other books, but that’s what makes it truly special and stand out among the amazingly brilliant stories she writes. The heavier romance thread was well written and woven perfectly into the suspense thread, not overshadowing it, which made for a unique and wonderful story. I will admit Rissi and Mason are one of my favorite couples I’ve read so far which is saying a lot because I loved Avery and Parker. Their relationship was filled with sweet, tender moments that had you holding the book close and wanting only the best for them. I really loved the theme of strength and perseverance that both of the characters went through before finding their way back to each other and how it strengthened the bond between them. I also loved the extra glimpses and heartfelt moments we got of the rest of the CGIS team. In The Killing Tide we get an introduction to the close knit group and the family dynamic between them, but in The Crushing Depths it explores that dynamic further making you love the beloved CGIS team even more if it was possible. My finally thought on The Crushing Depths is that Dani delivers another fantastic book that will have you hanging on to every word and diving head first into the suspense. There’s a certain character who I hope gets the next book because cue swooning over Noah Rowley, but I’m also very intrigued by Caleb Eason and his story. I wouldn’t mind reading a book about him as well. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey Book 2 in the Coastal Guardians series Rating: 4/5 Release date: June 30, 2020 Woohoo! I love getting to know what happens next. Dani Pettrey introduced readers to some phenomenal characters in her first book of the series, The Killing Tide, and I was very impressed with how seamlessly the story continues in this second installment. However, you can still read this as a standalone and not feel like anything is missing. Get ready for a thrilling ride! Coast Guard Inv The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey Book 2 in the Coastal Guardians series Rating: 4/5 Release date: June 30, 2020 Woohoo! I love getting to know what happens next. Dani Pettrey introduced readers to some phenomenal characters in her first book of the series, The Killing Tide, and I was very impressed with how seamlessly the story continues in this second installment. However, you can still read this as a standalone and not feel like anything is missing. Get ready for a thrilling ride! Coast Guard Investigator Rissi Dawson loves her job but when her childhood friend and crush joins their team, things get a little more interesting. Having just moved from Kodiak, Alaska, Mason Rogers was surprised to find Rissi working for the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). They are sent out to investigate whether a death on a nearby oil rig was an accident or if foul play was involved. Oil rigs are already a dangerous place to be and add in environmental activists, tensions are high and suspect. When the crewmate's death points to murder, can Rissi and Mason find out who is to blame before they hurt someone else or get rid of the evidence? Are the environmental activists involved or is it someone on the oil rig? While trying to solve the case, can Rissi and Mason admit their feelings for each other and keep each other from danger? I always love Dani Pettrey's characters. Rissi is so strong and resilient after the abusive past she endured. I loved seeing her as a strong and competent agent with uncanny instincts about people. It reminded me of the TV show, Lie to Me, where the main character talked about how victims of abuse can have amazing observational people skills because of what they went through. Rissi knew how to read a room. Unfortunately, Mason did not stand out as much to me in this particular story because there was another subplot regarding Noah (Mason's boss) and Brooke (Coast Guard medic). Mason is still a sweet and strong male lead but because there are so many other characters, I do not think he got as much development. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing since I enjoyed following all the other characters on the CGIS team, but this is why I marked it down one star. The story is fast-paced and full of action and intrigue that the reader can't stop reading until the end when all is revealed. There was a certain point in the book where I did suspect who the murderer was but it still was a nice surprise to read. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy clean thrillers with romance and mystery. I'm sure it will be another hit! My thanks to the author, NetGalley and CelebrateLit for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    3.5 stars, rounded up This is the second book in Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. It's not completely necessary to read the first book The Killing Tide first, however you'll miss many of the character introductions and since there are so many, you might be lost. Pettrey is a master at romantic suspense. She balances the developing romances incredibly well with the suspenseful tension in such a way that it blends into a seamless story. The one quibble I have about this book is the same one I had 3.5 stars, rounded up This is the second book in Pettrey's Coastal Guardians series. It's not completely necessary to read the first book The Killing Tide first, however you'll miss many of the character introductions and since there are so many, you might be lost. Pettrey is a master at romantic suspense. She balances the developing romances incredibly well with the suspenseful tension in such a way that it blends into a seamless story. The one quibble I have about this book is the same one I had with The Killing Tide: there are way too many characters to keep straight. Chase and Caleb and Jayce were particularly difficult for me to remember who was who because of the same first letters or rhyming names. The sheer number of characters and how they fit into the larger scheme of the storyline gets confusing. I love Pettrey's settings. They are so unique and original for Christian fiction novels. Of the myriad books I've read, I don't think I remember one set on an oil rig before. The short chapters served to ratchet up the suspense and kept me invested in the story to see what would happen. Overall I enjoyed the reading of this novel and can't wait to see what happens in the next installment. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    The Crushing Depths is the second book on the Coastal Guardian Series. I am really enjoying the cast of characters in this series. In this series it is the characters, their witty banter, and how they react with each other that keeps me vested in the story. The characters are so well done and really come to life. The suspense is multifaceted and complex in this one. I did have the “who” pretty much figured out before the end, but several of the whys were surprises. I know people who have worked o The Crushing Depths is the second book on the Coastal Guardian Series. I am really enjoying the cast of characters in this series. In this series it is the characters, their witty banter, and how they react with each other that keeps me vested in the story. The characters are so well done and really come to life. The suspense is multifaceted and complex in this one. I did have the “who” pretty much figured out before the end, but several of the whys were surprises. I know people who have worked on oil rigs like that so it was rather fascinating to learn more about the off-shore drilling rigs. I love so very much that this author has a strong yet natural faith theme in her books. In this series the way she has woven the faith thread reminds me much of Dee Henderson novels. It’s personal to the characters and incredibly well done. So with a interesting cast of characters, a good suspense plot, and a strong faith theme, the reader is left with a satisfying read that is enjoyable and well paced. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise Hershberger

    Pettrey has a gift for exciting and intricate books. This book definitely had me guessing about who the bad guys were and had me jumping at some of the scenes. This book does continue from The Killing Ride, but can also be read as a standalone. I loved reading them in order though. It is like revisiting old friends. It was great to meet Mason and spend more time with Ris. I loved their relationship. I also loved how Pettrey worked salvation stories into this book. It was great reading about how Ma Pettrey has a gift for exciting and intricate books. This book definitely had me guessing about who the bad guys were and had me jumping at some of the scenes. This book does continue from The Killing Ride, but can also be read as a standalone. I loved reading them in order though. It is like revisiting old friends. It was great to meet Mason and spend more time with Ris. I loved their relationship. I also loved how Pettrey worked salvation stories into this book. It was great reading about how Mason and Ris came to Christ. As much as I loved the main relationship, I really loved Noah in this book. He is such a wonderful hero. Always there to help people that are important to him, ever loyal, and selfless. This book did have a lot of characters to keep straight. And my mind was busy trying to solve the mystery too. But I did very much enjoy this book and can't wait to read more in this series. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Dani Pettrey crushes it in the second installment of the Coastal Guardian Series. The Crushing Depths starts off with a bang, literally, and offers one harrowing turn after another. I didn’t know who was responsible for the things that were happening until the very end, so that was intriguing. Readers were introduced to Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers in The Killing Tide, and as characters go, they are great. I liked them both, and liked their backstory, which allowed for several tender moments th Dani Pettrey crushes it in the second installment of the Coastal Guardian Series. The Crushing Depths starts off with a bang, literally, and offers one harrowing turn after another. I didn’t know who was responsible for the things that were happening until the very end, so that was intriguing. Readers were introduced to Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers in The Killing Tide, and as characters go, they are great. I liked them both, and liked their backstory, which allowed for several tender moments that made you say “Ah.” There were funny moments when the whole team was working together to solve the mystery, and a great set-up for book three. I liked that Rissi and Mason were both Christians and that faith played a great part of their story. If you decide to read this before book one, you won’t be lost. Book one would offer you a little more information about the characters, but nothing so monumental you’ll feel like you’ve entered a story in the middle. There’s a lot to enjoy about this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Cnossen

    Originally posted on my blog: https://sarah-plainandaverage.blogspo... WARNING: Possible Spoilers! THE BASICS Reading the blurb to this book, I was immediately intrigued. It takes place in & off the coast of North Carolina, and involves murder, romance, mystery. And a good bit of the story takes place on an oil rig 20-something miles from the NC shore! That was probably what drew me in to begin with. This novel follows several POVs (point-of-views) of different characters, many of which are a part Originally posted on my blog: https://sarah-plainandaverage.blogspo... WARNING: Possible Spoilers! THE BASICS Reading the blurb to this book, I was immediately intrigued. It takes place in & off the coast of North Carolina, and involves murder, romance, mystery. And a good bit of the story takes place on an oil rig 20-something miles from the NC shore! That was probably what drew me in to begin with. This novel follows several POVs (point-of-views) of different characters, many of which are a part of the Coast Guard Investigative Service. My hubby & I have been watching The Mentalist, and how the characters in this book worked to solve the mysteries sent their way reminded me a lot of Agent Lisbon, Patrick Jane, & their team. ;P I LOVE stories with a military and/or nautical theme to them, and I enjoyed reading a little more about the Coast Guard in this book. I enjoyed the characters & the premise, but I will say the ending felt a little rushed. And there was quite a bit of head-hopping---however, in the books' defense, I was reading an ARC (advanced readers copy), un-proofed copy, so I'm sure all the issues I came upon will be fixed by the time it's released. :] I really liked Rissi's gentle, yet firm if necessary, personality. She reminded me a lot of how I see myself. Her job on the investigative team was as a professional profiler, but I felt as if we didn't dive deep enough (pun intended) into her skills & abilities. That was a little disappointing as I don't think she was all that necessary or even helpful in the investigation... My thoughts, of course! Other than that, she was an adorable cinnamon roll & I loved her & Mason's sweet relationship. VIOLENCE A man is burned alive. A helicopter crashes into the ocean---metal collides with water, cracking windows & allowing in a flood of saltwater. In her efforts to free herself from a seatbelt, a character accidentally cuts her side with the knife she's using to sever the restraints as the cockpit begins sinking. As characters slip through the broken windows of the helicopter, at least one person is scraped by broken glass in their escape. Characters sustain other minor injuries: bruised rib, sore muscles, strained neck, etc. The passengers in said helicopter are rescued a little later; one man is unconscious, another missing, later assumed dead. A children's home is referred to as a "hellhouse"; it's mentioned that the children were abused, beaten, belt-whipped. A woman bears scars on her back because of her history growing up there... The animosity between two groups---the workers on the oil rig, Dauntless, and the protestors aboard the ship, Freedom---gets violent. Characters examine a man's burned body, observing the 3rd-degree burns all over the flayed skin, bits & pieces of the man's orange uniform. Mention of a character's trauma from stepdad's suicide. A woman is being stalked by unknown man. He vandalizes her home & property, enters her home to terrify her at some point, and leaves a whole slew of black widow spiders in her car... A diver is pulled from the water dead, assumed killed by a stingray---[SPOILER] later determined to be foul play... Two men go at each other, fist to fist, bloodying noses & more. SPIRITUAL CONTENT Someone screams, "dear God!" at one point. A woman prays to Jesus for help. Several characters offer up prayers to God during a variety of circumstances. Many have a strong faith in their Savior. Sailors & workers alike begin to believe or do believe that the oil rig is cursed due to an old legend. A man mentions his life changed during basic training when he accepted Christ as his Savior. A couple prays over breakfast. A woman prays for strength. At one point, Romans 12:19 is referenced. LANGUAGE // ALCOHOL & DRUGS A few slang words like, "dang," "bloody"; and at least one use of "hellacious." Other than those, if they even count, it's a clean novel! A crewman on the oil rig goes topside for a "breath of smoke," seemingly nervous about something & craving the tobacco to "calm" him. A man drinks at least two bottles from a six-pack. A couple share some wine or other type of alcoholic breakfast. I don't recall any overindulgence at all. ROMANTIC CONTENT A woman claims two male agents are sexist in assuming she was also male by her name, "Austin." (That bit just seemed kinda silly to be, though I do understand some people are actually like that. Austin herself was not a bad character.) Obvious attraction between Mason & Rissi---mostly due to the history they share of growing up together & all the trials they faced in their rough childhoods. They share a few tender kisses... And both of their thoughts reflect said attraction to each other. Caleb believes himself in love with Rissi also, but doesn't feel he has even half a chance with her now that Mason is on board---because of that they have a little talk at one point, and it's implied another woman will eventually intrigue his attentions. No hard feelings there, I think. Caleb & Mason are both good, honorable men. It comes to light that at least two of the Dauntless workers were womanizers---and went after other guys' girls, sleeping with them & whatnot... Two men fight it out because one had slept with the other's fiancee. News comes to the investigators that a girl just out of high school was raped by one of the Dauntless workers. CONCLUSION All told, this was a pretty easy & quick read. I never truly figured out who the murderer was until it was revealed. The characters investigations took several different paths & I believed the POVs followed them easily. It was nice to be inside the heads of all the different characters---they each seemed to be unique & relatable in their own ways. As mentioned earlier, by the time I made it to 92% & realized they had yet to find the murderer, I knew it was going to end rather quickly. That was kinda disappointing in how everything was wrapped up so rapidly, but otherwise, I believe the story in its entirety to be a good one, and would recommend to anyone looking for a clean mystery thriller. Also, this novel is the second in a series, but can be read as a standalone! While I certainly believe this to be a good book, in my humble opinion---to be honest, it wasn't great enough that I might add it to my reread list in the future. Still, these are my personal opinions only! Please read it for yourself if you desire!! FOUR out of FIVE stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirby

    I've read and enjoyed every single novel that Dani Pettrey's ever written, but the first title in the Coastal Guardians series hadn't been my favorite. I'd loved the Coast Guard setting, and I really enjoyed every member of the guard that was mentioned. However, I hadn't enjoyed Gabby, the main female character, and that affected my enjoyment of it overall. I'd loved the passages that were told from Rissi's point of view though, so I really couldn't wait to dive into her and Mason's story. The C I've read and enjoyed every single novel that Dani Pettrey's ever written, but the first title in the Coastal Guardians series hadn't been my favorite. I'd loved the Coast Guard setting, and I really enjoyed every member of the guard that was mentioned. However, I hadn't enjoyed Gabby, the main female character, and that affected my enjoyment of it overall. I'd loved the passages that were told from Rissi's point of view though, so I really couldn't wait to dive into her and Mason's story. The Crushing Depths grabbed my attention right from the opening lines, and I could barely bring myself to put it down once I started it. Rissi and Mason's love story is a second chance romance. They knew each other as teens in a toxic group home, and hadn't seen each other for ten years until Mason shows up as the new member of Riss's guard. I personally loved their romance, and thought it was beautifully written. It's definitely not the focal point of the story, and instead is interwoven around the never ending suspense. It was kind of refreshing to read a less dramatic romance that simply focused on the rekindling of a friendship from childhood. I especially appreciated the fact that Rissi and Mason both come to realize that they've grown from the teenagers they last knew each other as, and both act respectfully of this fact to each other. With every Dani Pettrey story, I'm always impressed at how strong the faith content is. The way it's written throughout this one was never preachy or inauthentic, but was always present as an important part of any of the team's missions. The praise and recognition was given to Him who was truly deserving, and they never hesitated to ask for His guidance when walking into dangerous situations. The faith element truly felt like second nature, and I love when Christian authors can write it in this manner. I enjoy in all of Dani's novels how the team works so effortlessly together. It's never about individual success and achievement, and instead the focus is always on the team working together to figure out what's going on. They truly care about taking care of each other no matter the cost, and no one fails to realize the importance of true teamwork. The suspense is definitely the true focus of this story, and it never really stops from the moment it starts. The reader is actually treated to two separate mysteries being investigated by the Guard, and that made this particular story even more of a nail biter than it already would have been. The main mystery is connected to an oil rig where catastrophic events keep happening, and Rissi and Mason find themselves dragged into the middle of it. Back near base, Coast Guard medic Brooke has a stalker terrorizing her, and Noah and the rest of the team are determined to figure out who is behind everything. Coastal Guardians is proving to be another fantastic, suspenseful series by one of the genre's best. I truly adore Dani Pettrey's writing, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for her reader's in the next book. While I don't think it was made blatantly obvious as to who and what the next story is going to be about, hints are definitely given as to who might be the next romantic interests, and I'm going to be anxiously awaiting its release. I also have to quickly mention that I loved the tiny reference to the Mckenna family. If you were a fan of the Alaskan Courage series, definitely be on the lookout for this. I wholeheartedly recommend this one to anyone who's a fan of Christian suspense novels, and anyone who's been a fan of Dani's previous novels. If you enjoy novels by Colleen Coble, Lisa Harris or Dee Henderson, then Dani Pettrey is definitely another author you're going to want to go ahead and check out. Final Rating: 4/5. Thanks so much to Bethany House and NetGalley for the opportunity to advance read this. I received a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Bethany House) via NetGalley to voluntarily read and review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    The Crushing Depths by Dani Petrey is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it so much more than the first book. The first book was good but very overwhelming with the introduction of all the characters. In this book Rissi and Mason were introduced in the first book however we see them develop a relationship and we get to know more about their past in this story. Their past was difficult to read for me. They grew up in an abusive foster home. Their feelings for each other and relationship The Crushing Depths by Dani Petrey is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it so much more than the first book. The first book was good but very overwhelming with the introduction of all the characters. In this book Rissi and Mason were introduced in the first book however we see them develop a relationship and we get to know more about their past in this story. Their past was difficult to read for me. They grew up in an abusive foster home. Their feelings for each other and relationship was beautiful and so sweet. They could’ve been the only couple in the book and I would’ve absolutely loved it. Mason and Rissi work an investigation on an oil rig that was fascinating. You learn about what all happens on the oil rig and how the environmentalist hate them. Even though this was the second book in the series I feel like you could read it on its own. You may get a little bit more of Rissi’s background if you read book one but I feel like you could absolutely start with this one. There are several characters in the book as you can tell from my review but you’ll enjoy each one of them and they each have their own quirks about their personality that make you love them. Emily and Logan‘s interesting interactions is the second couple we see more of. I’m curious if they will be the next book in the series. Another possibility for the next book in the series is Caleb. He’s had a crush on Rissi and had a hard time watching her relationship with Mason. However he and the private detective, Austin look like they could have a fabulous relationship as she gets him out of his stickler of a personality. Another storyline was Brooke and Noah. Brook has someone harassing her and Noah comes to her defense because she’s a friend of his sisters. This is a book where you really like all of the characters. At first I wasn’t sure about Caleb but once he met Austin they were adorable. I would highly recommend this book. This is Dani at her best. Sexual content – kissing Violence- there are deaths on the oil rig, however the violence that bothered me more was the flashbacks to Rissi and Mason’s past in Hank’s house. Drinking – there was a scene where Caleb is upset and drinks a six pack. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    The second book in the Coastal Guardians series will have readers so deeply invested in the characters it will be difficult to come up for air! After a death on an oil rig off the coast of North Carolina, the Coast Guard is called in to investigate. Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent out to determine if it was foul play or just an accident. There are rumors the oil rig is haunted and a group of environmental activists are trying to do whatever they can to shut the rig down. When their helicop The second book in the Coastal Guardians series will have readers so deeply invested in the characters it will be difficult to come up for air! After a death on an oil rig off the coast of North Carolina, the Coast Guard is called in to investigate. Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent out to determine if it was foul play or just an accident. There are rumors the oil rig is haunted and a group of environmental activists are trying to do whatever they can to shut the rig down. When their helicopter crashes on the way to the rig and they run into trouble with every turn they take, the evidence points to foul play in the death of the oil rig worker. They have to tread lightly to determine who the killer is without putting themselves in the crosshairs. Before they can finish their investigation, a tropical storm heads their way trapping them on the oil rig with a killer. After reading the Alaskan Courage series, I didn’t know if Dani Pettrey would be able to top it. However, the first book in this series started out great and now the second continues to make this series one of the best. I loved the dynamic between Rissi and Mason; the history they shared was very powerful and one of the aspects that kept me glued to their story as it unfolded. A few moments throughout the book left me underwhelmed, I could tell what was about to happen and it just didn’t feel right with the story. But most of the novel had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see how things would turn out. While this book focuses on Rissi and Mason, readers get a little more insight into characters from the first in the series and see a set up for the next. I’m guessing the Book three will center around Brooke and Noah, or at least that’s what I’m hoping! I would recommend readers read the first book in the series before starting this one, but if picked up it could be read as a stand-alone novel. Readers that enjoy romantic suspense novels will not want to miss this one. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinion expressed within are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    So, in the past, I believed that the Alaskan Courage Series had to be my favorite of Ms. Pettrey’s, but this book is phenomenal! This book is probably my second favorite book by Ms. Pettrey (I don’t think any of her books will ever top Shattered). This book focuses on two Coast Guard investigators, Rissi and Mason. Rissi has been working with this group of investigators for a while in North Carolina. She had a rough childhood, but has turned bad into good with her life. Mason and Rissi knew each So, in the past, I believed that the Alaskan Courage Series had to be my favorite of Ms. Pettrey’s, but this book is phenomenal! This book is probably my second favorite book by Ms. Pettrey (I don’t think any of her books will ever top Shattered). This book focuses on two Coast Guard investigators, Rissi and Mason. Rissi has been working with this group of investigators for a while in North Carolina. She had a rough childhood, but has turned bad into good with her life. Mason and Rissi knew each other as kids, but had been apart for a long time. Mason has just recently moved to North Carolina and joined the Coast Guard team there. This book focuses on their past and present relationship and how they have changed since childhood. As they get to know each other again, they begin investigating a death on an oil rig. They have to determine whether it is an accidental death or murder. As they begin their investigation, they feel like they are being sabotaged before they even start. This book not only focuses on these two investigators, but examines other members of the team. Readers will get updates on the previous main characters of the first book in this series and will learn new information about others. I am anxiously awaiting the third book in this series now! I highly recommend this book and feel you will not be disappointed! This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend you read the first book if you haven’t. The first book in the series is fantastic as well. ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This may be book two, but I didn’t realize it until after I read it, so it stands on it’s own. Great book about oil rigs, very suspense filled, ending was a twist I didn’t pick up on, the characters were all had interesting stories of their own. I would give this book five stars. I received this in the kindle format from NetGalley.com. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #TheCrushingDepths #DaniPettrey #NetGalley Description as found This may be book two, but I didn’t realize it until after I read it, so it stands on it’s own. Great book about oil rigs, very suspense filled, ending was a twist I didn’t pick up on, the characters were all had interesting stories of their own. I would give this book five stars. I received this in the kindle format from NetGalley.com. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #TheCrushingDepths #DaniPettrey #NetGalley Description as found on NetGalley: 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.

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