Still Life by Dani Pettrey
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Crime scene photographer, Avery Tate, is excited for her friend, Skylar Pierce. Sky’s modeling career is finally taking off and she’s the featured subject of a major photographic art exhibit. Maybe now Skylar can move out of the trailer park where they both grew up and they can both put their pasts behind them. When Avery arrives at the exhibit, she is disgusted by the images she sees. All of the models photographed appear to be dead but each has enough spark of life in their eyes that Avery sees the illusion created by the photographer. Skylar’s picture, though, is different. Skylar genuinely appears to be dead and there is no spark of life in her eyes. Sky had invited Avery to come, insisting that she would meet Avery there. Where is she and is Sky that good a model or did the photographer do something awful to her friend?
Parker Mitchell, independent crime scene investigator, used to employ Avery as his photographer so he knows that if she’s spooked about something, he needs to pay attention. As the two delve into Sky’s disappearance, pieces of Avery’s past crash into her present. Can Parker and the rest of his friends find an apparent killer before Avery becomes his next victim?
If you read Dani Pettrey’s first book in the Chesapeake Valor series, Cold Shot, then you NEED to follow that up by reading Still Life! While Still Life can be read as a standalone novel it is WAY better if you’ve read Cold Shot, too. There is an ensemble cast of characters that flow from one book to the other and book 2 builds on what book 1 started. You’ll enjoy meeting Declan Grey, Griffin McCray, Finley Scott, Tanner Shaw and Kate Maxwell. Each has a specific skill, each works for a different branch of government law enforcement and each would do anything to help one of the others in the group.
Mystery/suspense lovers will love this book. I completely had the wrong guy pegged as the killer until the reveal at the end, and that doesn’t happen to me often! I look forward to book 3, Blind Spot, scheduled for publication in October 2017. Can’t wait to read it!
Rated PG: Some stalking and violence.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!