“Cold Shot” by Dani Pettrey

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“In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he’s living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top–and they aren’t Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.”

This was my first book to read by this author and I’m really glad I did! I’ve always liked a good, clean suspense novel and this one didn’t disappoint.

The reader is drawn into the action immediately by the discovery of a body in a place where it wouldn’t be surprising to find dead bodies…a Civil War battlefield. However, it is quickly obvious that there’s been foul play, because there are signs that the skeleton had been a living human being within the last year. Sorry, I know the topic and description may sound a little gruesome, but it was actually handled very well, and didn’t really go into any disgusting details at all. There were twists and turns that kept me guessing, and ultimately the guy I had thought was the perpetrator wasn’t really involved.

Each of the characters was a favorite for me in their own special way. Several of them were dealing with personal insecurities from past experiences, yet they each eventually had to face them with the help of God, and move past them. The resolution was satisfying but there were a couple of loose threads that left me anxious to read the next book in the series!

*Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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