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The Crushing Depths

I enjoy a good crime drama, whether in a book or on television. The mystery, the journey to discovery, the startled amazement at “who-done-it”—I can’t get enough. So when this book and it’s predecessor The Killing Tide, came across my email, there was no hesitation in signing up. These stories hold everything I love about fiction.

The Crushing Depths is a healthy mix of romance, mystery, and suspense. It literally took me three days to read (could have been shorter but I have a family that needs me). I have been missing my favorite T.V. crime drama, NCIS, and this book filled in that missing space perfectly. Noah is the fearless leader who has a flies his bachelorhood flag with pride so that he can focus on his team. Then there is Logan, a stylish flirt with a heart of gold but I wonder what he is hiding from. Oh, poor Caleb knows what he wants but can’t have it so he makes up for it by going above and beyond for his family. These guys work together with the amazing women on the team to form this bond like no other. I found myself wanting to be part of their team. But the guy that messes up some of the dynamic is Mason, the childhood best friend of Rissi. Their chemistry jumped off the page (rather, the kindle) and became a character all its own.

There was no singular plot to this story. I think I counted at least five plots coming together to make one dramatic story. It wasn’t confusing though and it kept everything interesting. There was no lag in the story progression and it definitely left me wanting more. (When is the next book?)

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little of everything and not cookie cutter plots. It is fast passed and worth sacrificing the laundry for.

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher through CelebrateLit. The views expressed are entirely my own and

About the Book

Book: The Crushing Depths

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: June 30, 2020

Crushing depths

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 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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About the Author

Dani Pettrey

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 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). 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

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  1. Marisela Zuniga

    This sounds like a great book to read

    • MelissaWardwell

      I don’t think I gave it enough credit.

  2. Roxanne C.

    What a fantastic review! This book must be one of those where the reader is so involved with the story that she isn’t easily distracted by what may be going on around her.

    • MelissaWardwell

      I definitely didn’t want to put it down

  3. James Robert

    I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!