Publication Date: 12/3/2019
Rating: 4.5 / 5
I received a complimentary copy of THIN ICE by Paige Shelton. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for the chance to read and provide an honest review.
In THIN ICE, Beth Rivers has come to Alaska to keep herself safe, having just been through a traumatic event that she doesn’t entirely remember. She only knows that she was taken by a man named Levi Brooks and held in a van for three days before she manages to escape. She is physically scarred from necessary brain surgery and emotionally scarred as well. Not knowing what exactly happened or what the man even looked like, Beth has made a plan to hide her identity and go somewhere isolated and remote.
Beth’s new home is both exactly what she wanted and at the same time not what she expected. The town is sparsely populated even moreso than she expected and she didn’t realize that her new housing accommodations aren’t exactly the hotel she expected, but she’s eager to make a place for herself in this small community. Unfortunately things aren’t as peaceful as she expected and just as she’s arriving there has been a death that is either a suicide or a murder.
I picked this book up over a weekend, really wanting a fun mystery that would keep my attention and this wound up being the perfect pick! There are two mysteries at play, the one in which Beth is still trying to piece back together the trauma she went through. Beth gets sporadic updates on the investigation happening back home and her own traumatized brain also begins to piece together more of the pieces through flashbacks, not all of which make a lot of sense initially.
The second mystery is one that Beth is able to watch with a bit more objectivity. Beth has had some experience working with law enforcement and has some expertise that can be of assistance to the local police chief. Along with the cast of characters, often quirky and a bit mysterious themselves, Beth is able to find a place for herself.
The author did an excellent job of building both mysteries and keeping me equally interested in both. This was my first read from Paige Shelton, but I will definitely look to read more. THIN ICE is the first book in a new series. The story winds up one mystery while leaving some open questions as to the second so I will definitely be looking out to the next in the Alaska Wild Mysteries series to see where the story goes next!
I really enjoyed this read and it is going to be a perfect mystery for a cold December evening! Keep an eye out for this one when it publishes on December 3, 2019!