First Line Friday — The Crushing Depths

10 Jul

Happy Friday all! I am excited to finally have in my possession a copy of Dani Pettrey’s lates novel, The Crushing Depths. Woo hoo! I cannot wait to dive into this book 😉 . Another supsense-filled trip to the North Carolina coast is just what I need! Without further ado, here is the first line:



Greg Barnes clinked along the grated metal steps, his book heels rasping with each shuffle as he headed topside for a much-needed breath of smoke.



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.

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 a half a million 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.

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10 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Crushing Depths”

  1. MrsDMVH July 10, 2020 at 8:44 am #

    This sounds interesting! Happy Friday!!

  2. Carolyn Astfalk July 10, 2020 at 10:29 am #

    Looking forward to reading this one very soon!

  3. Kirby preppybookprincess July 10, 2020 at 11:54 am #

    Happy Friday!

    The Crushing Depths was amazing! Such a fantastic story.

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line (from the prologue) of The Solid Grounds Coffee Company by Carla Laureano:

    “By all accounts, Suesca was haunted.”

    I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm #

      I need to read that book!

  4. stephaniesbookreviews July 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

    I just started this book last night!

  5. bellesmoma16 July 10, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog I’m sharing the first lines from Start With Me by Kara Issac: It’s a fantastic novel! Currently I’m reading The Trouble With Love by Toni Shiloh so I’ll share from there.
    “If I was going on a non-date with Waldorf Emmett Bell, I wanted to look my best.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀❤📚

    • rbclibrary July 10, 2020 at 5:36 pm #

      Enjoy the book!

  6. Kelly-Ann Deffenbaugh July 10, 2020 at 6:13 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog today my first line comes from Christmas in Bayberry by Jennifer Faye.
    “Big lazy snowflakes drifted toward the ground”

    Have a great weekend!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) July 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer: “According to the Good Book, there was a time for war and a time for peace.”

  8. Paula Shreckhise July 10, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

    Looking forward to reading Dani’s book.

    My first line this week is from A BRIDE OF CONVENIENCE by Jody Hedlund:
    Vancouver Island January 12, 1863
    “I ain’t gonna make it, Zoe.”

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