"Dark Night" By Paige Shelton: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Beth Rivers is living in Benedict, Alaska. Well, it’s more like hiding out in Benedict, Alaska. In the Lower 48, she was kidnapped and held in a van for three days before escaping. Her kidnapper remains at large. She’s a writer of dark, suspenseful books but it wasn’t her fame that put her in the van. The man drops a few hints that it’s her real name that caused her trouble, and he seems unaware of her pen name.

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Now isolated during the brutal winter, she’s looking forward to the arrival of the ferry. The local sheriff receives a manifest of passengers and none sound like the kidnapper. There is a rumor that Beth’s mother Millicent, Mill for short, might be on board. Beth has no idea how her mother could have found her, but the bigger question is, if Mill could find her, could her kidnapper? 

There’s a mysterious census taker in town. No one remembers ever having a government man come around to ask questions before. Most clam up. After all, if you want to get lost and stay lost, a small Alaskan town is the place to do it. Nobody else needs to know your business. One night a young wife stumbles into town, bloodied and dazed. With a snowstorm on the way, the only place to put her for safekeeping is in the jail and to let her husband, the culprit, stay in their home. After all, where could he go in a blizzard? 

He could go far enough to get himself killed. Suspicious of strangers, the townspeople want to blame the census taker but he’s disappeared too. And Beth’s kidnapper is still at large, hopefully, not in Alaska. 

This is book three in the suspenseful series. Beth is a likable character and fits well into the town of Benedict. There are current crimes but with the constant thread of her kidnapping running through the story—and not solved yet. Readers will be anxious for book four’s clues and news of what’s next for Beth.  

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. Feel of ] heart-pounding suspense.
    Would be good to read on a cold, dark
    night. thanks
    Happy New Year

  2. This a great series. One of my favorites next to her cooking school series

  3. Dark Night sounds like a fascinating read that would keep me turning pages well after my bedtime!

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  4. This is an awesome series from an amazing writer. Highly recommend! I was thrilled to hear it was continuing beyond the originally plannednal 3 books.

  5. I enjoy a good suspense! tWarner419@aol.com

  6. Sounds like a great read. I like that the Alaska storyline.

  7. What a terrific sounding story. Great for a winter's night. Thanks very much for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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