Wednesday, November 8, 2023

SHADOWS AT DUSK by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

If something happens to me, give this to my brother.

It's with that premise our thrilling story begins! A year ago Detective Trevor's sister Jennifer disappears somewhere in Alaska and he must find out what happened to her. A decade ago, Bush pilot Carrie James survived what should have been certain death and now her closest friend was killed. Trevor hires Carrie to help him solve the mystery of his sister and she wants to track down her friends’ killer. As these two work together, danger lurks at their heels. Can they find answers before it's too late?

It's been a while since I've read a suspense book, but I know Goddard is an expert storyteller so I knew I was in for a treat! First of all, I had to look up some of the places in Alaska she sets the story in. What a beautifully rugged area it is, and now I want to plan a trip there one day to explore all of God's beauty in nature. I also didn't realize Alaska is made up of several islands, each one with its own beauty and allure. A definite must-see! So it gave me an idea of just how remote of a place it could be for someone to disappear without a trace. That added an extra layer of danger to me and sets the stage for what our characters went through. 
I really enjoy what I consider missing persons and cold cases, so this was the perfect story to get lost in. I like how the author balances the suspense throughout so you're not always left breathless and on the run constantly from the bad guys. There are plenty of close calls for Trevor and Carrie, of course, but there's also time for them to work out their next move. As they close in to solve both cases, it was a mad race to the end of the book to find out who was behind everything. I had an inkling of whodunit, but never knew for sure. That's what sets an author apart for me, when they can write so well as to hide the villain until the very end! 
Shadows at Dusk is a thrilling ride, one that kept me on my toes guessing and turning pages with lightning speed! The faith thread is strong in Trevor and Carrie and their romance is a slow burn, never overshadowing the plotline. Rather it was an added bonus! What a ride.

I'd recommend this to fans of inspirational romantic suspense and those who enjoy a good book that keeps you up until late into the night! Goddard is an expert writer and it shines in her latest installment of the Missing in Alaska series.

* I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing and was not obligated to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own. *
BackCover Blurb:
(Murder Investigation and Missing Person in Romantic Suspense Thriller Set in Picturesque Alaska)

Montana Detective Trevor West is desperate to learn what happened to his sister, who went missing in Alaska over a year ago, leaving nothing but a few photographs as clues to her whereabouts. At the advice of Police Chief Autumn Long, Trevor enlists the help of an experienced bush pilot. If Carrie James can't help him find the places in the photographs, no one can.

But Carrie has her own agenda. Grieving the death of her closest friend and the only person she could trust, Carrie will help Trevor find his sister on one condition--that he help her track down her friend's killer.

As the two close in on the answers they crave, they'll face dangers and connections they could not have imagined. They'll have to learn to trust one another--and face the dark secrets of the past--if they are ever to discover the truth and bring a killer to justice.
Revell Publishing, October, 2023
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