Cold Light of Day is the first in Elizabeth Goddard’s new Missing in Alaska series. It is a fantastic read–and you know this from the very first chapter, which starts with a bang!
About Cold Light of Day
Autumn Long is the police chief of the small Alaskan town Shadow Gap. She’s also a certified diver, daughter of the former police chief (her dad), and absolutely committed to being the strong and competent leader her town needs.
Except, in a small town, there are politics. Which can make things more difficult, for sure–even if it’s just in the cruel words or complaints made to higher authorities. And suddenly, to complicate Autumn’s job even more, there has been a murder. And reports of shots fired. And worse…and more.
She can’t trust everyone around her but when a chance rescue throws her into Grier Brenner’s path, he seems to become a willing and quite able ally or assistant. But he has secrets he’s keeping as well. And he’s supposed to be staying as anonymous and unconnected as possible.
But the crimes keep occurring. And they are drawing Grier and Autumn together.
My thoughts about Cold Light of Day
I have spent a small (admittedly, *very* small) amount of time in Alaska. It’s stunning and breathtaking; the mountains, water, and forests are incredible.
But just imagine, if you will, trying to police an area that includes not only wild animals that could kill you, but terrain and weather that could as well. Now continue that imagining, and think of a police force with only a few officers who serve a town; a town that is situated along a fjord of frigid water, and beside a forest that stretches into hills. Add to that the freezing temperatures and snow of the winter (probably fall and spring to a degree).
Alaska is gorgeous. And it draws people, I think, that are hardy. (Or grows them that way.) But I think that the landscape itself must create a challenge for law enforcement before they even consider the crimes they must solve and perpetrators they’ve got to pursue and arrest in the course of justice.
Autumn is an incredibly strong woman, determined to protect and to serve. But she’s got enemies; on the city council, for sure, and perhaps within her own small force. As she’s battling to keep her job, crimes are being committed; against her community members and even against visitors. She finds that Grier is standing beside her to help, in various treacherous situations; but the secrets he’s keeping are also putting distance between them. But he can’t share those with her; even his presence is putting her in danger.
What a read! I haven’t met an Elizabeth Goddard book yet that I haven’t loved; and Cold Light of Day is another. It’s one that I’m very happy to recommend to you. Gorgeous landscape, fantastic protagonists, and the unfolding of shocking mysteries. Don’t miss this fabulous thriller!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions shared here are my own honest ones.