Book Review: Cold Light of Day

11 Feb

Adventure, suspense, and romance — what more could you want in a novel? How about a stunning Alaska setting and the promise of more great books on the way? You get all of that in Elizabeth Goddard‘s first book in the Missing in Alaska series, Cold Light of Day. With its grab-you-from-the-beginning to its nonstop-action, if you are a romantic suspense fan, you will love this book! Recommended.

Police Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job in the quiet Alaska town of Shadow Gap when an unexpected string of criminal activity leaves her with a wounded officer, unexplained murders, and even an attack on her own father. Despite her mistrust of outsiders, she turns to Grier Brenner, a newcomer who seems to have the skills and training Autumn needs to face this threat to her community.

Grier is in Alaska for the same reason so many others are–to disappear–when Chief Long enlists his help. He emerges from the shadows and proves his mettle, but his presence in her life could be a deadly trap for them both. If his secret is exposed, all will be lost. And he’s not sure even Autumn could save him.

As the stakes rise and the dangers increase, Autumn and Grier must rely on each other to extinguish the deadly threats.

With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. BuriedBackfire, and Deceptionare finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

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My Impressions:

I love a romantic suspense from Elizabeth Goddard. The books I have read are always set amidst stunning natural beauty. In Cold Light of Day, the reader is transported to the panhandle of Alaska, home to deep fjords, a rain forest, and the wildness that is only found there. I visited Alaska almost 4 years ago, and this novel brought back all the images and memories of my trip. Of course, I didn’t encounter anything like main characters Grier and Autumn did. LOL. Autumn is the chief of police of small town Shadow Gap, a normally quiet place. Although many come there to escape or disappear, danger doesn’t usually follow them. Not the case in this book. The action starts from the very beginning and doesn’t let up. Bullets fly and bodies start to pile up. Added to the challenges facing Autumn is small-town politics that seeks to undermine her position. Luckily she has the very heroic and mysterious Grier to help her. I liked that they worked as unofficial partners — Autumn can certainly hold her own! At first I had no idea what was going on, and neither did the characters. Goddard does a good job of leaving clues along with the many twists. In addition to the action-packed suspense there’s a well-balanced romance. As with all of Goddard’s books, faith has a strong presence, but don’t worry about this book being preachy. The characters’ journeys are natural and unforced. Reconciling one’s past with hope for a future is a strong theme.

Cold Light of Day delivers what fans of romantic suspense want — characters to love and root for, a twisting plot to keep you guessing, and a promise of happily-ever-after (with some bumps along the way 😉 ).


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: Cold Light of Day”

  1. Cindy Davis February 11, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

    Excellent review! I am looking forward to reading this one soon!

    • rbclibrary February 11, 2023 at 4:01 pm #

      Hope you like it!

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