The Shifting Current by Dani Pettrey ~ Book Review

May 13, 2023


About the Book 

Book: The Shifting Current
Author: Dani Pettrey
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Series: Coastal Guardian, Book 3.5
Publisher: Gracie & Johnny
Release Date: May 1, 2023

An elusive killer. A false identity. A deadly maze of lies.

When Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent LOGAN PERRY’s beloved grandfather is murdered, Logan races to his hometown of Cauldron Creek, New Mexico to investigate the murder. His teammate and friend, EMMY THORTON, insists on joining him. Not a good idea—not when he loves her, but carries a secret that he knows will tear them apart.

Emmy knows Logan will pursue the investigation no matter the cost, and she won’t let the man she loves plunge into a dangerous situation alone. She needs to be at his side, even if he believes friendship is her only reason for joining him.

What looks like a robbery gone wrong rapidly shifts, drawing Emmy and Logan into a dizzying maze where nothing is as it appears. Every lead slips through their fingers as threats against them grow deadlier at each turn. Having only each other to rely on, their love for one another deepens, but will they live long enough to admit their attraction to each other?

They’re in the killer’s sights. One wrong move puts their future together and their lives on the line.

My Thoughts 

You know when you read a series and some characters just stick out to you and you need to know more?! That is what is like reading the Coastal Guardian series. I loved every moment of it but the characters of Emmy and Logan just stuck out to me and I wanted more. I somewhat patiently waited until finally this book came out. While it is a novella and not a full length novel it is pretty mighty and jam packed with suspense.

This is a fast paced book. I mean once it starts there is no putting it down. Immediately we encounter Logan dealing with the tragedy of his grandfather's murder and Emmy is right there not only to help him investigate but she is also there for support. They head out to New Mexico where she learns about Logan's life. I can't tell you too much about this book without giving it away so know that this book and the investigation is almost like a puzzle that you have to slowly decipher. It isn't one of those books that you can tell right away the person who is the villain.

Overall Dani Pettrey finished the series off with a bang. However, I will be the first to admit that I was kind of bummed out that Em and Logan didn't get their own full length book but if you have read the previous stories then you will see their character arcs develop throughout them. That being said I was super excited to see that her next series will be set in New Mexico so perhaps we will see Em and Logan again!! (Fingers crossed we will lol!)

If you enjoy suspense and mystery then this is the series for you. That being said, you definitely have to read this series from the beginning in order to capture the essence of not only the story but also the characters.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I received a copy of this book from Just Read. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

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).

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

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