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First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Cold and remote, Alaska seems tailor-made for her to hideout. Beth's new home in Alaska is sparsely populated with people who all seem to be running or hiding from something, and though she accidentally booked a room at a halfway house, she feels safer than she's felt since Levi took her. That is, until she's told about a local death that's a suspected murder. Could the death of Linda Rafferty have anything to do with her horror at the hands of Levi Brooks? As Beth navigates her way through the wilds of her new home, her memories of her time in the van are coming back, replaying the terror and the fear--and threatening to keep her from healing, from reclaiming her old life again. Can she get back to normal, will she ever truly feel safe, and can she help solve the local mystery, if only so she doesn't have to think about her own?


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First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved author Paige Shelton, Thin Ice will chill your bones. Beth Rivers is on the run - she's doing the only thing she could think of to keep herself safe. Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, she had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Cold and remote, Alaska seems tailor-made for her to hideout. Beth's new home in Alaska is sparsely populated with people who all seem to be running or hiding from something, and though she accidentally booked a room at a halfway house, she feels safer than she's felt since Levi took her. That is, until she's told about a local death that's a suspected murder. Could the death of Linda Rafferty have anything to do with her horror at the hands of Levi Brooks? As Beth navigates her way through the wilds of her new home, her memories of her time in the van are coming back, replaying the terror and the fear--and threatening to keep her from healing, from reclaiming her old life again. Can she get back to normal, will she ever truly feel safe, and can she help solve the local mystery, if only so she doesn't have to think about her own?

30 review for Thin Ice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars. I've commented before just how much I love books set in Alaska. It doesn't matter what kind of book—the imagery of the wilderness (and wildness), even the danger posed by the elements both animal and meteorological fascinate me. That was definitely one of the characteristics that led me to pick up Paige Shelton's new mystery, Thin Ice , but boy, it's so much more than just its setting. Beth Rivers is known to the world as best-selling thriller author I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars. I've commented before just how much I love books set in Alaska. It doesn't matter what kind of book—the imagery of the wilderness (and wildness), even the danger posed by the elements both animal and meteorological fascinate me. That was definitely one of the characteristics that led me to pick up Paige Shelton's new mystery, Thin Ice , but boy, it's so much more than just its setting. Beth Rivers is known to the world as best-selling thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild. There are times she really can't believe a woman who started out a secretary to her police chief grandfather in Missouri could be a best-selling author. But when she is kidnapped and held captive in a van for three days, everything changes. She must overcome her fear and the ways her kidnapper has restrained her to escape, or she'll face certain death, if not worse before that. She is able to escape the van one day but sustains a brain injury in the process. But with her kidnapper still at large, she worries how she can live the rest of her life without being afraid and looking over her shoulder every minute. So when she's (mostly) well enough, she decides she's going to run as far away as possible—to the remote town of Benedict, Alaska. It seems like the best solution, at least until the police find the suspect. When she arrives in Benedict she discovers that a lot of people come to Alaska to run away from something, so while her presence drums up some curiosity, she probably fits in better than she would in most places. She also finds out that she booked herself a room at a halfway house for women rather than the historic inn she assumed she was, but she takes some comfort in knowing these women aren't violent felons, and the house is run under the watchful eye of Viola, a tough, take-no-prisoners-type of woman. As she settles in, she finds that the fickle nature of the weather takes some getting used to, but she enjoys the relative isolation the town provides her. At the same time, she starts remembering bits and pieces of her kidnapping, which cause her to experience fear and paranoia, and prevent her from the full recovery she desperately needs. But when the local police chief, who knows her real identity (her pen name was how most people knew her), asks for her help looking into a suicide that doesn't quite look like one, it both gives her an opportunity to stay busy, and it forces her to confront some of the fears that sent her into hiding in Alaska. I really enjoyed Thin Ice and read it in just a few hours. It's a mystery with lots of twists and turns, and while the culprit wasn't quite surprising (although I suspected the heck out of everyone who appeared in the book, which is my usual way with mysteries and thrillers), I love the way Shelton told her story. I'm hoping the cliffhanger-type ending means this is the start of a new series, because I really enjoyed these characters and the small-town setting. I'm fairly critical of mysteries and thrillers because there are so many out there and many seem to share similar characteristics. Thin Ice hooked me from the get-go, and while it relies more on character development than action and danger, that's perfectly fine. I hope we'll see more of Beth and her fellow citizens of Benedict in the future. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    To what lengths does one have to go to escape a crazed kidnapper? To the far-ends of the earth? Will that even be far enough? Bestselling author Beth Rivers was kidnapped and tortured. Barely escaping with her life, she’s on the run. Her kidnapper, Levi Brooks has never been found and she knows he’s still out there hunting for her. She’s got to run fast and far. Question is, where might that be? Perhaps the wild, vast expanse of Alaska is remote enough to hide? Think again Beth! He may be coming To what lengths does one have to go to escape a crazed kidnapper? To the far-ends of the earth? Will that even be far enough? Bestselling author Beth Rivers was kidnapped and tortured. Barely escaping with her life, she’s on the run. Her kidnapper, Levi Brooks has never been found and she knows he’s still out there hunting for her. She’s got to run fast and far. Question is, where might that be? Perhaps the wild, vast expanse of Alaska is remote enough to hide? Think again Beth! He may be coming for you and closer than you think! Beth arrives in a dot-on-the-map Alaskan village only to be greeted by some very troubling news. There has just been a murder in this tiny, distant town. What’s more, the local ME has been unusually quick to declare it’s a suicide. Although everyone who knew the victim is positive she was murdered. But why? Everyone knows each other here, and they’ve always had to trust one another...right!? A quick, easy read but failed to completely grip me. Lacking much action I felt like I was waiting for something epic to happen. If you enjoy a slow burn mystery, this is the perfect read for you. The ending sets us up for a follow up to Beth's Alaskan adventures or should I say hideaway. A buddy read with Susanne. Thank you to Minotaur Books for an ARC to read and review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a well-written suspense novel. The story is set in Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer. She was kidnapped by a fanatic fan, escaped from him, but sustained a brain injury and she cannot remember what he looks like. While the police are still looking for him, she decides to recover and hide in Alaska until he is captured. While there she gets involved in an investigation of the death of one of the small town’s inhabitants. This is a Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a well-written suspense novel. The story is set in Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer. She was kidnapped by a fanatic fan, escaped from him, but sustained a brain injury and she cannot remember what he looks like. While the police are still looking for him, she decides to recover and hide in Alaska until he is captured. While there she gets involved in an investigation of the death of one of the small town’s inhabitants. This is a suspenseful and riveting story that hooked me with the first paragraph and kept me interested throughout. From the small town residents to the descriptions of Alaska to the various mysteries, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Beth’s character was well-developed for a first novel in a series as well as those of several of the town’s residents. Secrets are numerous and add to the enjoyment of the book. Overall, it was a solid mystery that was engaging, suspenseful, fast-paced and compulsively readable. While it does leave one major plot point unresolved, all other items were resolved. This is the first book in the Alaska Wild series and I look forward to reading the next one. Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Paige Shelton for a digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    3 Stars Where better to escape maniacal killer Levi Brooks, than a tiny town in Alaska? Beth Rivers is a famous author, whose beautiful face was plastered onto the back cover of mystery suspense novels, prior to being scarred for life. Now, she needs to be completely inconspicuous and she has found the perfect place to hide out: a halfway house for violent women located in Benedict, Alaska. Beth is sure she won’t be found and is perfectly safe until a local woman is found murdered. Is Levi 3 Stars Where better to escape maniacal killer Levi Brooks, than a tiny town in Alaska? Beth Rivers is a famous author, whose beautiful face was plastered onto the back cover of mystery suspense novels, prior to being scarred for life. Now, she needs to be completely inconspicuous and she has found the perfect place to hide out: a halfway house for violent women located in Benedict, Alaska. Beth is sure she won’t be found and is perfectly safe until a local woman is found murdered. Is Levi Brooks responsible or could there be another killer on the loose? Whatever the possibilities, Beth is terrified and she has reasons to be. “Thin Ice” by Paige Shelton will make your pulse pound and will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This is a crazy atmospheric mystery/suspense with lots of twists and turns. The beautiful yet harsh Alaskan setting sets the tone for this novel and truly makes for an adventurous mystery. This was a buddy read with Kaceey. Thank you to Minotaur Books and Paige Shelton for the arc. Published on Goodreads on 2.8.20.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Thin Ice is the start of a new mystery series set in Alaska. Beth is on the run, and of all things, she’s a thriller author! A fan of hers, Levi, has become obsessed with her, and she has no choice but to go in hiding after she manages to escape his kidnapping attempt. When a woman is found murdered, she can’t help but think of Levi. Has he harmed this woman, too? Beth begins to wonder if she’ll ever feel safe again. Thin Ice checks all the right boxes for a new mystery. I LOVED Beth. I loved the Thin Ice is the start of a new mystery series set in Alaska. Beth is on the run, and of all things, she’s a thriller author! A fan of hers, Levi, has become obsessed with her, and she has no choice but to go in hiding after she manages to escape his kidnapping attempt. When a woman is found murdered, she can’t help but think of Levi. Has he harmed this woman, too? Beth begins to wonder if she’ll ever feel safe again. Thin Ice checks all the right boxes for a new mystery. I LOVED Beth. I loved the atmospheric setting. I think it laid the groundwork as the start of a series, and I can’t wait to hear more from Beth. Of course I think a thriller writer makes for an amazing main character! I received a free copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Beth Rivers is a best selling author who has run away to Alaska to hideout and recover from a kidnapping that has left a devastating physical and mental assault on her body and spirit and to make matters worse she has amnesia from the the assault and is fearful her kidnapper will find her again. The day Beth arrives she discovers that the town is more remote than she could have imagined with barely any cell phone or wi-fi signals available but that only makes her feel more secure with her Beth Rivers is a best selling author who has run away to Alaska to hideout and recover from a kidnapping that has left a devastating physical and mental assault on her body and spirit and to make matters worse she has amnesia from the the assault and is fearful her kidnapper will find her again. The day Beth arrives she discovers that the town is more remote than she could have imagined with barely any cell phone or wi-fi signals available but that only makes her feel more secure with her surroundings until she finds out that a body has just been found moments after she arrived. What will happen to Beth now? Is she safe or has she now made the biggest mistake of her life? This was a very clever and enjoyable read for me. It was not a cozy mystery but it was not the dark type of story I usually read. The characters were quirky and fun, I enjoyed th at there were several mysteries happening within this book at one time and I really didn't have the story completely figured it until the end, so that made this book a very worth while and entertaining read. It was also a nice break from my hardcore books. I want to thank the publisher "St. Martin's Press" and Netgalley for allowing me he opportunity to read this book! I do recommend this story to any mystery reader and have given a rating of 4 Clever 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Stars!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Damnit, the second I read Alaska, female author protagonist, and creepy stalker fan, I was so excited to read this, but it was a major letdown. For a little positivity I'll go over what I liked - the setting, mostly. Paige Shelton mentioned visiting Alaska to make sure she got it right, and that paid off in spades. There are moments I'd swear I could feel the cold - or the rain - and the sense of scale was similarly well-communicated. The central idea of the book was great too, just read that Damnit, the second I read Alaska, female author protagonist, and creepy stalker fan, I was so excited to read this, but it was a major letdown. For a little positivity I'll go over what I liked - the setting, mostly. Paige Shelton mentioned visiting Alaska to make sure she got it right, and that paid off in spades. There are moments I'd swear I could feel the cold - or the rain - and the sense of scale was similarly well-communicated. The central idea of the book was great too, just read that synopsis! But unfortunately for me, the execution fell short, and largely it was in the main character. The woman is so, so damn stupid. And I HATE writing that. But would you go out into an Alaskan storm when you're not in proper winter gear? Would you later approach A WOUNDED BEAR when you literally have to leave a nice safe building to do so? Would you THEN go out into the woods by yourself when you think you've uncovered a murder, and have zero survival equipment?? It's not endearing, it's infuriating. This is a woman who has a successful book series and managed to survive a kidnapping by an obsessed fan. Not to mention the using your real name instead of your pen name to make sure said obsessed fan doesn't find you. It's not like obsessed fans ever want to know more about the object of their obsession than a pen name. That was the most annoying of it, but there's more to it - some of the writing is clunky, particularly toward the start, but I tend to forgive that in a debut, or I would were it not for the rest. Writing is damn hard and getting a book out into the world is nothing to sniff at. There's some unravelling going on in the plotlines too, and unfortunately we hit a pet peeve of mine with a fricking cliffhanger ending. How many times, people, if you have to trick people into coming back for the next book with a cliffhanger, you're doing it wrong. This all sounds really harsh, and I genuinely don't like being harsh in my reviews. I did finish the book and I might even come back for the next one, but damnit if this book didn't hit some really big buttons of mine.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    I enjoy Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop and Country Cooking School cozy mystery books. When I saw she had a new series starting, I jumped right on it. This new series is a bit more serious than the usual light-hearted cozy fare. Nothing graphic. But, there is a bit more meat to the characters and mystery plot. Loved it! Beth Rivers is an author...a well known one. After a kidnapping incident where she was traumatized, she relocates to Benedict, Alaska to recover and hide out. Her kidnapper is I enjoy Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop and Country Cooking School cozy mystery books. When I saw she had a new series starting, I jumped right on it. This new series is a bit more serious than the usual light-hearted cozy fare. Nothing graphic. But, there is a bit more meat to the characters and mystery plot. Loved it! Beth Rivers is an author...a well known one. After a kidnapping incident where she was traumatized, she relocates to Benedict, Alaska to recover and hide out. Her kidnapper is still free....and she wants as far away from her memories, and him, as possible. She wants to hide her identity as an author and get her life back. Just as she starts trying to settle into her new remote Alaskan home, a resident of Benedict is murdered. The crime brings back memories of the hours she spent locked in a van, victimized by her kidnapper. But she's determined to help solve the crime. I enjoyed this story! The characters have real personality. I liked the setting in a small rural Alaska town with its quirky citizens and its own culture. Beth is a strong and intelligent main character. The mystery moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of investigation and suspects. While the story started with quite a bit of background -- Beth's kidnapping, relocation, the town, etc -- the story didn't get bogged down in it. The mystery got started relatively quickly....with Beth's previous experience enhancing it, rather than taking away from it. All in all, an entertaining read. I'm definitely going to read more of this new series! **I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Hélène⚜️

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. New series by Paige Shelton set in Alaska I’ve seen she’s written cozy mysteries I’ve never read but will check them out. This isn’t a cozy mystery it’s a lot of suspense and makes you think who actually kidnapped Beth Rivers and why! A city girl who chooses to flee to Alaska and takes a room at the Benedict House the only place that survived the massive fire a few years ago but Beth expected a hotel but turns out into a halfway house for felons. She gets involved in a local investigation into a New series by Paige Shelton set in Alaska I’ve seen she’s written cozy mysteries I’ve never read but will check them out. This isn’t a cozy mystery it’s a lot of suspense and makes you think who actually kidnapped Beth Rivers and why! A city girl who chooses to flee to Alaska and takes a room at the Benedict House the only place that survived the massive fire a few years ago but Beth expected a hotel but turns out into a halfway house for felons. She gets involved in a local investigation into a crime. She decides to stay for now. Story ends on a cliffhanger. Thanks to NetGalley, St-Martin’s Press Minotaure Books and Paige Shelton for this advanced e-copy in exchange of an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    Fantastic! I have always enjoyed Paige Shelton's writing, especially her descritive voice, whether with characters or location. She has surpassed herslf.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    4 STARS for Thin Ice (Alaska Wild mysteries #1) (audiobook) by Paige Shelton read by Suzie Althens. I really enjoy getting to travel through reading books. In this book I got to go back to Alaska. The sense of small town Alaska really came through. It was interesting getting to know all these new characters. There is always some odd characters in these small towns. This is a great place to set a murder mystery. I’m looking forward to many more books in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Beth is on the run. She was abducted, held for several days, and somehow escaped. Because of an accident that resulted in a brain injury, she doesn't remember a lot of what happened to her. She's a writer, so she can go anywhere she wants ... maybe using a different name. Until her abductor is caught, she's afraid of anyone knowing who and where she is. She winds up in a small town in Alaska ... where it seems a lot of people who are also hiding who they are. Beth accidentally booked herself in a Beth is on the run. She was abducted, held for several days, and somehow escaped. Because of an accident that resulted in a brain injury, she doesn't remember a lot of what happened to her. She's a writer, so she can go anywhere she wants ... maybe using a different name. Until her abductor is caught, she's afraid of anyone knowing who and where she is. She winds up in a small town in Alaska ... where it seems a lot of people who are also hiding who they are. Beth accidentally booked herself in a halfway house, run by a woman paid by the state to take care of women-only law breakers. She's okay with this until she's told there has been a recent death. Murder or suicide? when the local police ask for her limited help, she's more than happy to comply. . Can she get back to normal, will she ever truly feel safe, and can she help solve the local mystery, if only so she doesn’t have to think about her own? I enjoyed the Alaskan setting. I liked most of the characters .. the ones I didn't like were written than way. I like small town mysteries ... plenty of suspects, and you just know that not everyone is who they say they are. The mystery is good .. maybe a step up from a cozy. Beware .. this is part of a series and although one crime is solved, there is more to come and it ends with a huge cliff hanger. Many thanks to the author / St Martin's Press / Minotaur Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this mystery. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnson

    I really liked this new series set in Alaska. In fact I was a little lonely this morning because I wanted to read what was going on with Beth and the other residents of small town of Benedict, AK. Luckily the ending left no doubt that there will be more books coming and I can't wait. Beth Rivers is a well known author who is kidnapped by a crazed fan and held for several days. She is severely injured during her escape and has lost her memory but it is coming back slowly and erratically. The I really liked this new series set in Alaska. In fact I was a little lonely this morning because I wanted to read what was going on with Beth and the other residents of small town of Benedict, AK. Luckily the ending left no doubt that there will be more books coming and I can't wait. Beth Rivers is a well known author who is kidnapped by a crazed fan and held for several days. She is severely injured during her escape and has lost her memory but it is coming back slowly and erratically. The kidnapper has not been found so Beth decides to hide out in remote Alaska. She has made a good choice. It is hard to get to and snowed in for much of the year and has very spotty cell phone and Internet reception. She accidentally books her self into a half way home for criminals and is totally unprepared for the weather. She has health problems. Yet she slowly merges into her new life and becomes the new volunteer editor of the newspaper and the object of curiosity. Then there's a murder and Beth is involved in the investigation. She worries its connected to her kidnapping. The characters in this are delightful. It has a great story line with two separate mysteries, Beth's kidnapping and the town murder. The setting is breathtaking. I have read the author's series of a girl who gets a job in a Scottish bookstore which I enjoyed but this is even better. It has more depth and heart. I look forward to more. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for a fair review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a totally new direction for Ms. Shelton. I have enjoyed several of her cozy mystery series so I was intrigued to read this suspense story. I am so glad that I did because I was pulled into the story from the first page. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing made me feel like I was with Beth Rivers throughout the story. Benedict, AK became so real to me as I read that I felt like I could find it on a map of Alaska. Beth's character is well developed in this book and Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a totally new direction for Ms. Shelton. I have enjoyed several of her cozy mystery series so I was intrigued to read this suspense story. I am so glad that I did because I was pulled into the story from the first page. Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing made me feel like I was with Beth Rivers throughout the story. Benedict, AK became so real to me as I read that I felt like I could find it on a map of Alaska. Beth's character is well developed in this book and several of the secondary characters are developing into "real" people for me. I love that many of the town's residents have their own secret reasons for moving to Benedict. In spite of the reason why Beth chose Benedict to hide in, she is becoming an integral part of the town. A quickly paced plot with suspense made this a book that I didn't want to put down. Although Beth's main reason for being in Alaska is not resolved, the secondary mystery is complete by the end of the book. I am definitely going to be watching for the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I really enjoyed this one! A little bit of mystery set in the wilds of Alaska made for a new twist on this type of book. I’m hoping for more in this series very soon!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sonica

    Thank you, Minotaur Books for my copy of Thin Ice, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases December 3, 2019. The story follows Beth Rivers, aka Elizabeth Fairchild, who escapes the throws of a fanatic kidnapper and runs off to Alaska to hide and deal with her traumatic experience. I enjoyed the atmospheric setting of the storyline and the Alaskan remoteness. The author does a great job at setting the stage and making you feel like you are right there with the characters in the Thank you, Minotaur Books for my copy of Thin Ice, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases December 3, 2019. The story follows Beth Rivers, aka Elizabeth Fairchild, who escapes the throws of a fanatic kidnapper and runs off to Alaska to hide and deal with her traumatic experience. I enjoyed the atmospheric setting of the storyline and the Alaskan remoteness. The author does a great job at setting the stage and making you feel like you are right there with the characters in the harshness of the wild. It was a bit of slower burn for me but I still enjoyed trying to solve the murder mystery alongside Beth. I also loved the cliffhanger at the end – it definitely piqued my interest for future books in this series and reading where Beth will go next! This was a fun mystery read with a strong female lead and major Agatha Christie vibes. I recommend picking this one up if you are looking for a quick mystery read that isn’t at all predictable. My Rating: 3.5/5

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    There are quite a few synopsis of the plot of Thin Ice already. So I will relate what I liked about the book as it was a good read. First of all, it was rich in characters. Beth, who was a victim of a kidnapping is on the run, to hide from her kidnapper and she goes to a remote town in Alaska. Oh, are there the interesting characters! One can see them in future books. The men are mainly rugged outdoor people. The sheriff who came from working in Chicago is experienced and wise. The people who There are quite a few synopsis of the plot of Thin Ice already. So I will relate what I liked about the book as it was a good read. First of all, it was rich in characters. Beth, who was a victim of a kidnapping is on the run, to hide from her kidnapper and she goes to a remote town in Alaska. Oh, are there the interesting characters! One can see them in future books. The men are mainly rugged outdoor people. The sheriff who came from working in Chicago is experienced and wise. The people who are business people are all unique and their own person. You get the feeling that others have fled to Benedict Alaska to change their lives for secret reasons. Beth books a room into a hotel that she doesn't realize is a half way house for women who have gone on the wrong side of the law. There will be many characters to draw from I am sure from the house in the future. The woman Viola who runs the house is tough, by the book and carries a gun. She could have a series written about her. She does make Beth feel safe though being under her watchful eye. Only one person in the town knows Beth backstory and that is the sheriff. Beth's mother is back in the states but she is a character and a half. She can be obsessive when tracking someone down. She could find herself in danger in future books. The book read like an adventure. Beth moves to a remote area. She is rebuilding her life while living in fear and looking over her shoulder hoping she has chosen a safe hiding place. She even has to buy clothes as she left a hospital prematurely and fled with very little personal items. She becomes involved in solving a local murder, meets the people of the town and learns to adapt to remote Alaskan living. It was intriguing and I am looking forward to the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This book is first in the series, and my first book to read from author Paige Shelton. I would have to say I enjoyed this read very much and enjoyed reading about a book with amazing destinations like the remote Benedict, Alaska which adds to the thrilling atmosphere of this suspenseful mystery. The story begins as our main character, Beth Rivers, who is a thriller author was kidnapped by a fan. Beth miraculously escapes capture but sustained a brain injury, which caused her to lose her memory. This book is first in the series, and my first book to read from author Paige Shelton. I would have to say I enjoyed this read very much and enjoyed reading about a book with amazing destinations like the remote Benedict, Alaska which adds to the thrilling atmosphere of this suspenseful mystery. The story begins as our main character, Beth Rivers, who is a thriller author was kidnapped by a fan. Beth miraculously escapes capture but sustained a brain injury, which caused her to lose her memory. Reeling from a recent ordeal of being kidnapped, she finds a perfect place to hide in this remote town in Alaska. While in Benedict, she partners with the Police Chief Gril Samuels, while he works on a case involving the suspicious death of a woman who also seems to be hiding things. Overall, I liked the character and how she tried to acclimate herself to this new town. It did hold my interest and found it to be an entertaining read. It did leave me hanging with lots of questions unanswered until the next installment which I am anxiously waiting for.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    This is my first Paige Shelton book. A good pace mystery in small town Alaska. I'm looking forward to book 2. Beth Rivers is an accomplished writer who recently escaped her fanatic fan from a moving van. She was injured in the process and lost short term memory. Nervous that her kidnapper will be coming back, she made a haste arrangement and moved to Alaska arriving at Benedict House, a boarding house that also serves as a half way house for non-violent felons. We get to meet many engaging This is my first Paige Shelton book. A good pace mystery in small town Alaska. I'm looking forward to book 2. Beth Rivers is an accomplished writer who recently escaped her fanatic fan from a moving van. She was injured in the process and lost short term memory. Nervous that her kidnapper will be coming back, she made a haste arrangement and moved to Alaska arriving at Benedict House, a boarding house that also serves as a half way house for non-violent felons. We get to meet many engaging characters of this remote town. There are two mysteries, one with the locals and another of her abductor. Overall I really enjoyed it. This is about PG13, a little blood but not graphic.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Beth Rivers is a successful thriller author using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild. She has many fans but one fanatic took things way too far. Kidnapped and held in a van for 3 days, she manages to escape as the van was going down the road. Recovering in the hospital from her injuries her captor is still on the loose and she knows she is not safe. With a little help, she unexpectedly leaves the hospital to go to an undisclosed location. Beth soon touches down in Benedict, Dollycas’s Thoughts Beth Rivers is a successful thriller author using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild. She has many fans but one fanatic took things way too far. Kidnapped and held in a van for 3 days, she manages to escape as the van was going down the road. Recovering in the hospital from her injuries her captor is still on the loose and she knows she is not safe. With a little help, she unexpectedly leaves the hospital to go to an undisclosed location. Beth soon touches down in Benedict, Alaska with only her typewriter and a backpack full of paper and clothes. She has booked a room at the Benedict House, not knowing it is a halfway house for women who committed non-violent crimes. With lodging options at a minimum, she sets that aside because she feels safe, or at least safer than she felt before. That is until she learns a woman was killed shortly before she arrived. Could the death be connected to her? Had she been found already? The police chief was contacted by the detective overseeing Beth’s case and he has vowed to keep her safe. She has come up with a cover story to explain her injuries and reasons for her travel for the rest of the town. She continues to have memories of those three days making it hard to move on but after learning more about her the police chief consents to let her help with his current case and even finds her a job to pass her time. She may never get back to normal but for the moment she is safe. ____ Paige Shelton gives readers a cozy-ish protagonist but she turns up the suspense as she deals with her kidnapper on the loose and her escape to Alaska. Beth’s injuries were serious, her head is scarred and she has a brain injury. She finds herself enmeshed in Benedict, getting used to the weather, getting to know the people and finding a killer. She is also striving to remember anything that would bring her kidnapper to justice. The severe headaches, mini seizures, and flashbacks really resonated with me. I also identified with her funky haircut. After my accident in 2001, I dealt with the same, thankfully no kidnapper was involved. All the characters within this story have layers and I believe we have just started to peel them away. Benedict seems to be a place where everyone has come to escape from something and we really don’t find out too much about any of them except for the deceased and people directly connected to her. That means the author has plenty of material for this series going forward. I really enjoyed the way Ms. Shelton described her settings. From the airplane and the images out the windows, the airport, the town, Benedict house, the forests, everywhere Beth traveled was brought to life and easily imagined. Readers are taken to the wilds of Alaska and yes, there is wildlife too. The plot weaves Beth’s trauma together with the death in Alaska but only one is wrapped up by the final page. I really enjoyed the author’s approach to the entire story. The pace was quick and there were several happenings that could have turned the situations in different directions. You could feel that Beth was on edge the entire time. I read this book incredibly fast and I want more! I was a little disappointed that both mysteries were not completed because I hate waiting for the other shoe to drop and I imagine and hope there are going to be many more suspenseful moments ahead before that other mystery will be wrapped up. I can’t wait!! This book will be released on December 3rd and I highly recommend you pre-order your copy. I am very excited for this series to continue.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book. Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds of Alaska, in hopes that he won’t be able to find her there. Arriving by tiny plane in Benedict, Alaska, Beth starts to have flashbacks and memories of her capture; the trauma and details that she couldn’t quite recall before her abduction are now starting to come back to her. She’s barely holding on by a string and she’s all alone in a strange and remote town, with nothing but a few changes of clothes and her beloved antique Olympia typewriter. Beth soon finds out that the Benedict House, the grand-ish hotel she thought she was staying at is, in fact, a half-way house for non-violent, yet felonious women. When a murder occurs just before her arrival, Beth loses her short-lived sense of safety, wondering if her troubles may have followed her to Benedict. I loved reading about the Alaskan setting of Thin Ice; from the town moose, Gladys, to the absolute remoteness and harshness of the area. The main characters had so much depth and personality; I look forward to seeing them again in her next book. Beth is a wonderful protagonist; she is smart, witty, and courageous, even though she doesn’t think so. The plot moves quickly, had some great twists but it does leave a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’m actually ok with this because this is a series I’m going to read until the end and I feel like the cliff-hanger is one of necessity. Until the next book in the series! A big thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books for allowing me to read and review this title.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy McFarlane

    A famous crime novelist is kidnapped, and tortured by a stalker. She manages to escape after 3 days but suffered a severe brain injury and is left with only a few flashback memories of her captivity, no memory of what he looks like and only what she thinks is his name. She decides the only way to survive is to disappear until he is found. Luckily she writes under a pseudonym and very few people know her real name so she changes her appearance and using her real name of Beth Rivers she chooses A famous crime novelist is kidnapped, and tortured by a stalker. She manages to escape after 3 days but suffered a severe brain injury and is left with only a few flashback memories of her captivity, no memory of what he looks like and only what she thinks is his name. She decides the only way to survive is to disappear until he is found. Luckily she writes under a pseudonym and very few people know her real name so she changes her appearance and using her real name of Beth Rivers she chooses what she thinks will be the perfect place to hide. Benedict, Alaska is a very small town of only 500 on an island reachable only by Ferry or plane so Beth should be safe there. However, she is totally unprepared for the harsh wildness of Alaska or the fact that Benedict is the home to lots of other quirky characters most of who are also there to hide from something or someone. The description of the surroundings and life in the wilds of Alaska as well as a town full of characters that are not all who they claim to be will keep the reader just as much on edge as Beth is. One death gets solved but the ending leaves lots and lots to be explored in future books, and I can’t wait.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Can't say much about this without giving a lot away. So....I'll just say that it was a good story with an unusual location but I thought that in the end there were still more questions than answers. Since this was the first book in the series hopefully the next one will provide more answers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)

    I've enjoyed Paige Shelton's cozy mysteries, and I was excited to see her branching out into the mystery/suspense/thriller genres. Beth Rivers is hiding in Benedict, Alaska...and she's not the only one. It's a small town with lots of secrets and trying to figure them out is helping keep her focus away from the reason she's hiding. Lots of mystery and intrigue in this story. I liked the two separate elements of the story - the mystery unfolding in Benedict, as well as the mystery of what happened I've enjoyed Paige Shelton's cozy mysteries, and I was excited to see her branching out into the mystery/suspense/thriller genres. Beth Rivers is hiding in Benedict, Alaska...and she's not the only one. It's a small town with lots of secrets and trying to figure them out is helping keep her focus away from the reason she's hiding. Lots of mystery and intrigue in this story. I liked the two separate elements of the story - the mystery unfolding in Benedict, as well as the mystery of what happened to Beth. Though at times, I didn't feel like the two subplots meshed well together. I was hoping we would learn more about Beth's back story. But I will say that I haven't read a mystery/thriller book like this before...where the character has their own mystery playing out in addition to the mystery in the story. The ending definitely gave me a shock. I'm excited to see where this series goes and can't wait to read book two. I won a copy of this book and I am voluntarily sharing my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is an intriguing new mystery. Beth Rivers is her real name, but most people know her as Elizabeth Fairchild, a best selling author. After escaping from a passionate fan, Beth decides to disappear into the Alaskan wilderness. After a search online, Beth picks Benedict, Alaska. Beth soon discovers that she is not the first person to have selected this remote town as a hiding place. Beth arrives to find one of the residents has died and Sheriff Grilson Samuels suspects Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is an intriguing new mystery. Beth Rivers is her real name, but most people know her as Elizabeth Fairchild, a best selling author. After escaping from a passionate fan, Beth decides to disappear into the Alaskan wilderness. After a search online, Beth picks Benedict, Alaska. Beth soon discovers that she is not the first person to have selected this remote town as a hiding place. Beth arrives to find one of the residents has died and Sheriff Grilson Samuels suspects foul play. Beth is given the unpaid job of running the local “newspaper” as well as being a consultant to Gril. As Beth delves into the victim’s life, memories of the three days held captive surface. As you can tell, there are multiple storylines in Thin Ice. I like the unique characters that live in Benedict. Each one of them has their own reason for being in this isolated town which means there is a lot of fodder for future books. It will be interesting learning about each of these individuals. I am especially curious about Donner Montgomery’s story (the park ranger). Viola runs Benedict House (sounds like an elegant hotel) which Beth discovers is a halfway house for parolees. Viola reminds me of a female Indiana Jones with her hat and ever present gun. I am not a fan of Beth’s mother. She is a woman with issues of her own and the last thing Beth needs in her life. The mystery surrounding the death of Linda Rafferty was complex along with kidnapping of Beth. Only one of them is solved by the end of the book. Beth was on edge throughout the story which is understandable. The poor woman has been through a terrible ordeal and the man who caused it is still on the loose. Beth is also in a new town where a murder just took place and the residents tend to be secretive. I like how Donner takes the time to make sure Beth is equipped for the harsh weather and gives her rules to follow (she needs them). I enjoyed Paige’s descriptions of the Alaskan landscape which she brought alive with her vivid word imagery. I would also envision the characters especially Beth with her vivid scar. The only disappointment is not knowing how long we must wait for the next book in the Alaska Wild Mysteries. Thin Ice is a suspenseful mystery novel with the cruel climate, a mysterious murder, a crazed captor, close mouthed citizens, and missing memories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    THIN ICE by Paige Shelton, the first book in the new Alaska Wild Mystery series, grabs the reader from the very first sentence and continues with suspense that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. The multi-plots kept the action going and I didn’t want to put it down until I read the very last page. Even then, I wanted the story to continue. As each of the characters are introduced, especially protagonist Beth Rivers, aka novelist Elizabeth Fairchild, the reader is treated to THIN ICE by Paige Shelton, the first book in the new Alaska Wild Mystery series, grabs the reader from the very first sentence and continues with suspense that had me on the edge of my seat for the entire read. The multi-plots kept the action going and I didn’t want to put it down until I read the very last page. Even then, I wanted the story to continue. As each of the characters are introduced, especially protagonist Beth Rivers, aka novelist Elizabeth Fairchild, the reader is treated to layers of reveal. This amps the suspense up as we slowly find out what each multi-faceted person is hiding. Ms. Shelton does an outstanding job developing the characters and having them adapt as the situation calls for. Beth, recovering from a severe head injury sustained while she escaped from a horrific kidnapping, has blocks of memory missing. Her captor has disappeared, and in fear of her life, Beth flees to Middle of Nowhere, Alaska, using her research as a thriller writer to escape her tormentor while remaining incognito. The author captures the setting of the Alaska wilderness in an effective way. The reader feels the remoteness and can envision the brutality of nature, along with the stunning beauty. The wildlife is plentiful and often fierce, and Beth must learn to adapt to her new surroundings in order to survive. In addition to the suspenseful mystery surrounding Beth’s kidnapping, she finds herself embroiled in the middle of an investigation surrounding a suspicious death. Although it’s been deemed a suicide, not one of the townspeople believe it. With her past experience working with her grandfather, who had been a small-town police chief, Beth pieces together the puzzle of the death. With a heart pounding reveal that solves the murder mystery, the story comes to an end and leaves me waiting impatiently for the next book in this series! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I have been on a real mystery kick lately and when I saw this one was available on NetGalley and was my one of my favorite cozy authors, I just knew I had to give it a chance. And boy, was I NOT disappointed. Grittier than her cozies [with a much stronger story-line and much more "adult" language], this was a very good read from page 1. Beth is an intriguing protagonist and you are invested in both her AND her story from the second you meet you. And the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska just adds I have been on a real mystery kick lately and when I saw this one was available on NetGalley and was my one of my favorite cozy authors, I just knew I had to give it a chance. And boy, was I NOT disappointed. Grittier than her cozies [with a much stronger story-line and much more "adult" language], this was a very good read from page 1. Beth is an intriguing protagonist and you are invested in both her AND her story from the second you meet you. And the beauty and ruggedness of Alaska just adds to the fantasticness [why yes, I DID just make up that word] of this book. I just finished it and I already want a second one - it was just that good. If you like really good, somewhat gritty, mysteries, and language doesn't bother you, then this is the book for you!! Well done Ms. Shelton. Well. Done. Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books/St. Martin Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    A keep you guessing book. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Very well written with a great cast of characters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Beth Rivers, a.k.a Elizabeth Fairchild, a successful novelist, is kidnapped by her stalker Levi Brooks. She manages to escape by jumping out of a moving van, but gets a brain injury which necessitates an urgent operation. Unfortunately, Beth cannot remember much about her kidnapping, although her doctor says her memory will come back gradually. Not being able to remember even the face of her tormentor, she doesn't feel safe in the hospital and after a bit of ingenious planning, she is on her way Beth Rivers, a.k.a Elizabeth Fairchild, a successful novelist, is kidnapped by her stalker Levi Brooks. She manages to escape by jumping out of a moving van, but gets a brain injury which necessitates an urgent operation. Unfortunately, Beth cannot remember much about her kidnapping, although her doctor says her memory will come back gradually. Not being able to remember even the face of her tormentor, she doesn't feel safe in the hospital and after a bit of ingenious planning, she is on her way to a little town of Benedict (population: 500) in Alaska. In her haste to put as much distance between herself and the hospital, Beth didn't do much research and managed to book herself into a halfway house, which is currently hosting only three non-violent felons. The local police chief has been informed about Beth's ongoing case (Levi Brooks hasn't been caught yet, so her whereabouts are known to just a few people) and is willing to do his best to make Beth feel welcome in the town. He offers her the positon of the editor of the local free newspaper and would even like her help in his investigation of a suspicious death of a local resident. I really enjoyed this first novel in the Alaskan Wild Mysteries series. Beth with her uncanny powers of observation and sense of humour is a very likeable protagonist. The small town setting is ideal for the genre of mystery and the fictional world of Benedict, Alaska, is built up lovingly to make sure that the reader is going to look forward to the next book in the series. Thank you to Edelweiss and Minotaur Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura In Literary Land

    Thin Ice is the first book of a new series by Paige Shelton, The Alaskan Wild Mysteries Series. I find Alaska fascinating and really enjoy books set against the backdrop of this unique environment. The book is set in the small town of Benedict, Alaska. Beth Rivers, aka bestselling thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, has run away to this remote location to escape a fanatic stalker while the police pursue him. Beth was kidnapped and held captive by her stalker for three days before escaping but Thin Ice is the first book of a new series by Paige Shelton, The Alaskan Wild Mysteries Series. I find Alaska fascinating and really enjoy books set against the backdrop of this unique environment.⁣ ⁣ The book is set in the small town of Benedict, Alaska. Beth Rivers, aka bestselling thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, has run away to this remote location to escape a fanatic stalker while the police pursue him. Beth was kidnapped and held captive by her stalker for three days before escaping but not without trauma, a head injury, and some amnesia about her captor. As Beth begins getting settled in Benedict, she discovers that a town resident has recently died. Beth gets wrapped up in the investigation into whether or not this death was suicide or a murder. And even more compelling, was this death somehow connected to her own recent ordeal? ⁣ ⁣ A blend of a cozy mystery and a thriller, Thin Ice was a very entertaining escape into the Alaskan wilderness and way of life. The unconventional cast of townspeople was an excellent sampling of the variety of characters found in a small town. The mystery in this book is solved but the overarching story about Beth's stalker and kidnapper is carried into the next book, so happily ever after fans beware (at least for the time being!). ⁣ ⁣ Thin Ice was a new type of read for me and one that I found very entertaining. I'm invested in the characters and look forward to the next book in the series!⁣ Thank you to Minotaur Books for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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