Thursday, February 6, 2020

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings


It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an eBook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Thin Ice by Paige Shelton, the first book in the author's new Alaska Wild mystery series.

Beginning:  One
The good thing about being suddenly overcome with fresh terror is that you forget everything else you were afraid of.  At least temporarily.

Page 56:   Gril didn't think I'd really write an article about the recent death. He probably thought I was just being writer curious, researching, gathering information.

My thoughts:  This book has several appeal factors for me:  it's the start of a new series; the main character is an author; and the Alaskan setting.

From Goodreads:  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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  1. Now I am intrigued. I always love books that are first in a mystery series, and when the main character is an author, I am especially drawn into the story. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  2. I always think Alaska is such an interesting setting. I really like that opening. Grabs you right away. This sounds like a good one!

    Here's my Friday post.

  3. Grabbed me right from the start!! Happy weekend!

  4. I have never felt that way about terror but I have noticed it is true about pain. My quotes from Ordinary Hazards

  5. I've always wanted to read more books set in Alaska, especially fiction. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  6. This looks good. I think I'll see if my library has it.