Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
Back cover: In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world—and friendship—crumbled.
Now years later, Griffin has left the police force and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he’s living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top—and they aren’t Civil War-era.
Griffin just wants the case to go away, but a charming forensic anthropologist Finely Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he—and those he cares about—are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.
My Review: From the back cover of the book, you might think that Griffin McCray is the main character, but Finley Scott plays a big role in the book also. Griffin and Finley’s time working together—and annoying each other—is about to end, when a skeleton is uncovered one night. They both immediately contact trusted people tell help them get to the bottom of this.
One of the things I didn’t like was that at one point, Finley Scott says that she doesn’t know whether the remains are male or female—but goes on to talk about them as Jane Doe… At one point someone Finley worked with is killed, but it is brushed off. (I think the author could have made the same point by just knocking him unconscious.) Really the only thing that happens to let you know that it is sad, is someone says, “I can’t believe he’s gone.” But then it just carries on like his life didn’t matter—only Jane Doe’s.
At one point Griffin takes Finley to a shooting range. She had never been shooting before, so he told her how, and Finley shot… and hit it dead in the center of the target with the first bullet. I’m not saying that that never happens, but it doesn’t usually happen. (and when having that skill later proves pointless, she might as well had a realistic shooting talent.)
Because Finley seems to be in trouble, Griffin insists that he stay at her house, or she stays at him. Finley agrees to it—but that seem really out of character for her, at least to me. She is super stubborn and determined when it come to everything else and then Griffin—practically a stranger—just declares that this is going to happen? I didn’t like that at all.
Declan Grey works for the FBI, and took charge of the case. For some reason though (which is revealed in the story) none of his bosses or coworkers want to help him. What I didn’t like about that was that he was still able to get all of the warrants that he wanted/needed.
At some points I felt like Ms. Pettrey’s writing was weak, because instead of writing about the character and letting me come to my own conclusions, the obvious was stated…. A lot. Over and over, Griffin would talk about how creepy this person was.
I read this book all in one sitting. (I was in the car for fourteen hours so I had plenty of time to read. 🙂 ) I think maybe that’s why there was so many things I didn’t like—I didn’t have time to take it all in and process it maybe. But there was that one character that was the key to the case of something, I didn’t remember hearing about him until three fourths of the way through. (but he also played a small role). All in all I’d give this book three out of five stars. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to read all of Ms. Pettrey’s books, but if I got the opportunity to get them for free I may.
I got this book for from the publishing company in exchange for an honest review.