Fiction Review: Dani Pettrey’s “Cold Shot”

This is a book that will tease all your senses! The sailor’s rope around the picture frames on the walls,  the smell of thick chowder simmering in the kitchen at family meals, the thick fur of Winston, the Irish wolfhound, laying in front of the couch, all combine to pull the reader in, make them a part of the family. The characters prize family and deep friendships, so to be invited in with such vivid language brings an extra level of enjoyment to the reading of this work.

There are quite a few players in this story, and the author switches points of view throughout the chapters to give us a full look at what is going on. This can be a difficult balance to achieve, but is well done here, keeping the reader engaged in trying to put together the pieces.

The characters are very cool, with lots of little facets that catch the light and are revealed as we travel through the work. The introductions of each were well written, working to move plot ahead, instead of stopping and relying on exposition. I would recommend this work as a great example for authors, like myself, who often struggle with that. Also, giving each character an existence before the events of the book allowed them to feel more real, and the referencing of past conflicts at just the right time helped to deepen the 3-D image the author created.

With so many points of view, it can be hard to see the connections at first, but the author wraps everything together very well, bringing the book to an action-packed, but complete, resolution. I really enjoyed this work, and will definitely be recommending it to friends!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher

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