In her book, Sabotaged, Dani Pettrey tells the story of Kiira Jacobs who, as part of the search-and-rescue team of the Iditarod, becomes an unlikely ally with former rival, Reef McKenna. Together, they search for a kidnapping victim, but in the attempt to find the perpetrators, they discover something that could be far more deadly. Will they be able to rescue the victim? Or will they be too late? And will Kirra be able to forget her past and find true love?
Due to Pettrey’s vivid descriptions, the barren but always beautiful landscape of Alaska is not hard to visualize. Thus, the setting of Sabotaged is one of the most intriguing and unique aspects of the book. The novel seems to have everything that would make for a suspenseful plot: high stakes, an incredible setting, and constant conflict in relationships. But something doesn’t gel. Because of Kiira’s past, the romantic aspect is way too predictable and unrealistic. Based on their responses to each other, the characters seem more like high school age than college age. Even though valid, the dialogue and narrative are interrupted too many times by unnecessary statements of faith, which makes the book sound preachy. As a result, it is hard to care about the characters even when they are in danger.
Sabotaged is a stand-alone novel but is the last of Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series. The story has loads of potential, but fell short of expectations. As a result, I hesitate to recommend it.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review