Friday, June 7, 2024

My Thoughts on Hidden in the Night by Elizabeth Goddard

 

About:

In this breathtaking race for the truth, not everyone will get out alive

At the behest of her ailing mother, former FBI special agent turned rare-book collector Ivy Elliott arrives in Alaska to secure an unpublished Jack London manuscript kept secreted away for decades. When she learns the manuscript is gone--taken by the granddaughter of the woman who possessed it--Ivy sets off in pursuit. She wants to save the priceless manuscript, but more than that, she must rescue the vulnerable girl, who was previously trafficked and has no idea what she's getting herself into. 
 
Joining forces with Alaska State Trooper Nolan Long, Ivy must battle a blizzard, sabotage, and the worst of an Alaskan winter as the search goes on. But every answer they find only raises more questions--and the danger to their lives and to the missing girl may be only the tip of the iceberg. 




My Thoughts:

So close yet so far away is how I felt about Ivy and Nolan and their relationship. Nolan lives in Alaska and Ivy lives in Florida and they keep meeting up in Alaska. In fact, Nolan was going to take a much-needed vacation down to Florida to find Ivy, whom he dubs Sunshine Girl. Then a bunch of bad things start happening, which may or may not be connected and not only is he needed in Alaska because he is a state trooper, but also low and behold, but Ivy is back in Alaska.

Ivy is keeping some secrets close to her chest. Her mom has been diagnosed with cancer again and she is in want of a lost manuscript. I found the story line of a long-lost Jack London story a bit fascinating. There is some major superstition about it and Ivy is also trying to get it for another reason. But this only leads her to a murder and a missing young woman. Which Ivy cannot walk away from. Much to Nolan's chagrin.

These two were interesting. They liked each other, had chemistry, yet I don't know if it was fear or pride that kept them apart for so long. Instead of working together on the case, they were more stubborn than usual for a while.

I really liked getting to know Alaska and its climate a little bit better. I just assumed that Alaska was always cold and dark during the winter. However, that is not the case, as Ivy learns, that not all of Alaska is like that. Not even does their water freeze like the Great Lakes does. 

The searching for a missing young woman in small communities and over a great distance where there were not a huge police presence and people were tightlipped added a certain tension as time was running out to find her. And all this while an unusual winter storm hit too. Lots going on in this latest addition to the series, Missing in Alaska.

I was provided a copy of this novel from Revell Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 60 novels, including Cold Light of Day, Shadows at Dusk, and Hidden in the Night, as well as the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Christy, Carol, and Reader's Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award and HOLT Medallion finalist. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. Learn more at ElizabethGoddard.com.

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