Authors: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, & Lynette Eason
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: May 3, 2015
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Three short stories by three of the top Romantic Suspense Authors brings a sure fired hit!
Dee Henderson writes in Missing about a Wyoming Sheriff who is searching for his missing mother in Chicago. Dani Pettrey digs into the roots of her Alaskan courage series with Shadowed, the tale of the parents of the McKenna clan. Lynette Eason gives us Blackout, the story of a woman trying to piece together lost memories that someone is willing to kill to keep her from remembering.
This is an interesting book. The stories themselves have nothing to do with one another but go together none-the-less. I think one of the things I liked best about this collection is each story was just the right length. It might seem that it wasn’t enough to flesh out the story, but I found just the opposite to be true. I enjoy all three of these authors but sometimes feel their individual works can be a bit wordy, especially Henderson. With these being novellas, they didn’t have the chance to become drowned out with too much detail that takes away from the story. Of the three stories, I think I enjoyed Shadowed by Dani Pettrey the best, probably because I am a fan of the entire Alaskan Courage series and enjoyed seeing how the McKeena clan got started. That and the story itself was fast paced and exciting all the way through.
Romantic Suspense is a hard genre to write in. For me, I am much more a fan of the suspense aspect than the romance. I do enjoy the relationships and watching how they develop, but if they totally take away from the suspense that can kill the story for me. In this collection, the stories didn’t have a chance to delve to deeply into the romance so the relationships either went at just the right speed, or went unbelievably fast. With Missing, I felt the focus should have been totally on the search for the missing mother instead of the detective and the sheriff playing off of each other’s feelings. I also didn’t find the story itself fully believable. I think if this one were a full fledge novel and had more time to work out some of those details, there would have been more for me to believe about the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Shadowed and could see that developing into a future novel with more story to tell. Blackout had good potential and could also be further developed. Overall all three stories were enjoyable, some more than others, but I think that could also be personal preference. These three authors are at the top of their field for a reason. They are good at what they do and many people, including myself, enjoy reading their work.