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A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

The Crushing Depths (Coastal Guardians #2)

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery , Romance


Publishing Date: June, 2020

Availability in London:
Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback

Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads


The Crushing Depths
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.


Cara Putman rated “The Crushing Depths” a 4 out of 5 stars
Another great read from Dani Pettrey. In this one, we get to spend time with many characters from other books, while also delving into the growing relationship between old friends Rissi and Mason. They were each other's lifeline in foster care before aging out of the system separated them. Now they both work for Coast Guard and are paired to investigate the sabotage of an oil rig. I pride myself in my ability to figure out what's happening in a book, and this one kept me guessing to the end. A really enjoyable read.

Maureen Timerman rated “The Crushing Depths” a 5 out of 5 stars
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 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 crashes for example you to will find this a riveting read!

Susan Snodgrass rated “The Crushing Depths” a 4 out of 5 stars
'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!

Abby Breuklander rated “The Crushing Depths” a 5 out of 5 stars
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.

Amanda Tero rated “The Crushing Depths” a 4 out of 5 stars
This one had me at “just one more chapter tonight... no, one more...” several nights. It is action-packed and full of intrigue.

I really liked both Rissi and Mason. Their backstory just made my heart go out to them. And honestly, I love stories of reunion after separation. But poor Caleb! He acted very manly and I applaud the character. And, as always, the foundation is very well laid for the next book. I want Noah’s story!

I personally didn’t find this one super suspenseful. There were definitely gripping scenes and a complex mystery. I loved that aspect of it.

Now for the romance. The book finished and I was like, “Wait, this was only a week?” The romance progressed rapidly with several kisses and a whole load of feelings. It was sweet in ways, yes; I’m just not a big romance fan. With a part of the story being on an oil rig, there ended up being a lot of talk about different men sleeping with others’ girls and so on. I would not recommend this to conservative readers under 18 because of the topics covered.

The spiritual thread was stronger toward the end. The characters didn’t hide their trust in God and prayed frequently. It wasn’t so much how often they talked about God as it was they lived the Christian life in everyday living, which I appreciate.

Like with the last book, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, which was tricky as I read this primarily when really tired. I think it was a little easier this time around because I had been introduced to the crew in book one, but there were still a few times I was a little lost.

Can’t wait for book three!

Randi Sampson rated “The Crushing Depths” a 4 out of 5 stars
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.

Andrea Cox rated “The Crushing Depths” a 3 out of 5 stars
The core story of this book was really good. I loved the sting rays, that the Deepwater Horizon was mentioned (I like the movie about the disastrous event on that oil rig), and that Steve Irwin was also mentioned. The mystery was good and kept me interested throughout. I liked that the Coast Guard was highlighted well. There are not enough fictional books (especially in Christian fiction) about this branch of the United States military. The fact that there was murder afoot and that it was a journey to discover whodunit made me so happy. I love a good murder mystery! So, the chapters flew by pretty quickly just for that reason.

I feel like I might not be the right audience for Mrs. Pettrey’s books. I’m not a fan of expletives in Christian books, and this one had a few. It also was emphasized many times that someone used an expletive (curse word) even when the word wasn’t flat-out written into the text. The only correction was “There’s a lady present.” Why is it ever okay for men to use bad language? I’ll never understand that. There are always nicer words to choose from, even to express anger or frustration. And silence is golden in those moments.

I was also disappointed that a random sexual affair popped up, as did a “he raped our baby” moment. Neither felt organic to the story at all. It felt like they were only in there for the shock factor. All they served to do for me was make me decide this wasn’t the book for me.

There was an awkward and aggressive discussion about a girl named Austin. I’m with the dude: I’ve never met or heard of a girl named Austin before either. This discussion and its aggression did not make sense to me, as that is not typically a unisex name. I’m sure there are some girls named Austin out there, and that’s perfectly fine. Maybe it’s because I’m Texan and grew up learning about Stephen Austin who fought at the Battle of the Alamo. Maybe it’s because I’ve known at least three different boys/men named Austin. But this conversation in this book, while only a small portion of the story, stood out as really awkward to me, and it pulled me away from the story for a while.

I’m rating this book three stars because the core was good, and I realize I might not be the right reader for this story. I think many other readers will like it.