Book Review: Deadly Isle

31 Dec

Tennyson Kent is trapped on the isolated island of her childhood by a storm surge, and she is shocked when the typically idyllic community turns into the hunting grounds of a murderer. Cut off from any help from the mainland, will she and first love Callen Frost be able to identify and stop a killer bent on revenge before they become the next victims?


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Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than 400,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance. Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

Her Alaskan Courage series and Chesapeake Valor series have received praise from readers and critics alike and spent multiple months topping the CBA bestseller lists. Dani has also been honored with multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Christy Award finalist, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Gail Wilson Award of Excellence, and Christian Retailing’s Best Award.

From her early years eagerly reading Nancy Drew mysteries, to paging through Agatha Christie novels or watching on-the-edge-of-her-seat adventure movies, Dani has always enjoyed mystery and suspense. She considers herself blessed to be able to write the kind of stories she loves — full of plot twists and peril, love, and longing for hope and redemption. Her greatest joy as an author is sharing the stories God lays on her heart. She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband. Their two daughters, a son-in-law, and two adorable grandsons also reside in Maryland. For more information about her novels, visit

My Impressions: 

Deadly Isle, one of the novellas included in The Cost of Betrayal collection, is classic Dani Pettrey. Fast-paced action, likable characters, romantic sparks, and twists that will keep you guessing are all included. The novella is set on a small, private island off the coast of Maryland. Talbot boasts an independent community that values their historic roots. But some harbor animosity for the owner, Tennyson Teni Kent. But who could hate her enough to kill her? The attacks come fast and furious, but Teni is a trained investigator and along with her first love, Callen Frost, she is determined to uncover who the threat really is. Pettrey kept me guessing — there were several very suspicious characters lurking on the island. The stormy and isolated setting added great atmosphere, and the romance was both sweet and electric! I really liked the two main characters and would love for them to make an appearance in another novel.

If you are looking for a quick and suspenseful, then Deadly Isle is a great choice.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy of Cost of Betrayal. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


2 Responses to “Book Review: Deadly Isle”

  1. danipettrey January 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

    Thanks so very much for taking time to read and review Deadly Isle. Appreciate you 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

      You are very welcome. I’m looking forward to discussing the entire collection with my book club.

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