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Thin Ice

(Alaska Wild Mysteries #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,302 ratings  ·  353 reviews

First in a new series set in Alaska from beloved cozy 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 kidnapp

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Larry H
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

I've commented before just how much I love books set in Alaska. It doesn't matter what kind of book—the imagery of the wilderness (and wildness), even the danger posed by the elements both animal and meteorological fascinate me. That was definitely one of the characteristics that led me to pick up Paige Shelton's new mystery, Thin Ice , but boy, it's so much more than just its setting.

Beth Rivers is known to the world as best-selling thriller author Eliza
To what lengths does one have to go to escape a crazed kidnapper? To the far-ends of the earth? Will that even be far enough?

Bestselling author Beth Rivers was kidnapped and tortured. Barely escaping with her life, she’s on the run. Her kidnapper, Levi Brooks has never been found and she knows he’s still out there hunting for her. She’s got to run fast and far. Question is, where might that be? Perhaps the wild, vast expanse of Alaska is remote enough to hide? Think again Beth! He may be coming
Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a well-written suspense novel. The story is set in Alaska and centers around Beth Rivers, a successful thriller writer. She was kidnapped by a fanatic fan, escaped from him, but sustained a brain injury and she cannot remember what he looks like. While the police are still looking for him, she decides to recover and hide in Alaska until he is captured. While there she gets involved in an investigation of the death of one of the small town’s inhabitants.

This is a susp
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars

Where better to escape maniacal killer Levi Brooks, than a tiny town in Alaska?

Beth Rivers is a famous author, whose beautiful face was plastered onto the back cover of mystery suspense novels, prior to being scarred for life. Now, she needs to be completely inconspicuous and she has found the perfect place to hide out: a halfway house for violent women located in Benedict, Alaska.

Beth is sure she won’t be found and is perfectly safe until a local woman is found murdered. Is Levi Brook
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Thin Ice is the start of a new mystery series set in Alaska. Beth is on the run, and of all things, she’s a thriller author! A fan of hers, Levi, has become obsessed with her, and she has no choice but to go in hiding after she manages to escape his kidnapping attempt. When a woman is found murdered, she can’t help but think of Levi. Has he harmed this woman, too? Beth begins to wonder if she’ll ever feel safe again.

Thin Ice checks all the right boxes for a new mystery. I LOVED Beth. I loved the
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beth Rivers is a best selling author who has run away to Alaska to hideout and recover from a kidnapping that has left a devastating physical and mental assault on her body and spirit and to make matters worse she has amnesia from the the assault and is fearful her kidnapper will find her again. The day Beth arrives she discovers that the town is more remote than she could have imagined with barely any cell phone or wi-fi signals available but that only makes her feel more secure with her surrou ...more
Leslie Ray
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books about Alaska and and enjoyed this in that it is the start of a new mystery series for this author. I felt the characters could have been developed a little more but as this is the first book in the series, it is setting the scene and introducing everyone. I have a feeling the characters will fill out more and, in some cases, become a little more interesting. The book is centered around Beth Miller, a successful author who is kidnapped by an obsessed stalker/fan, terrorized by him, a ...more
Damnit, the second I read Alaska, female author protagonist, and creepy stalker fan, I was so excited to read this, but it was a major letdown.

For a little positivity I'll go over what I liked - the setting, mostly. Paige Shelton mentioned visiting Alaska to make sure she got it right, and that paid off in spades. There are moments I'd swear I could feel the cold - or the rain - and the sense of scale was similarly well-communicated. The central idea of the book was great too, just read that syn
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Paige Shelton's Scottish Bookshop and Country Cooking School cozy mystery books. When I saw she had a new series starting, I jumped right on it. This new series is a bit more serious than the usual light-hearted cozy fare. Nothing graphic. But, there is a bit more meat to the characters and mystery plot. Loved it!

Beth Rivers is an author...a well known one. After a kidnapping incident where she was traumatized, she relocates to Benedict, Alaska to recover and hide out. Her kidnapper is s
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Jeanne Adamek
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! I have always enjoyed Paige Shelton's writing, especially her descritive voice, whether with characters or location. She has surpassed herslf. ...more
Linda Strong
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Beth is on the run. She was abducted, held for several days, and somehow escaped. Because of an accident that resulted in a brain injury, she doesn't remember a lot of what happened to her.

She's a writer, so she can go anywhere she wants ... maybe using a different name. Until her abductor is caught, she's afraid of anyone knowing who and where she is.

She winds up in a small town in Alaska ... where it seems a lot of people who are also hiding who they are. Beth accidentally booked herself in a
4 STARS for Thin Ice (Alaska Wild mysteries #1) (audiobook) by Paige Shelton read by Suzie Althens. I really enjoy getting to travel through reading books. In this book I got to go back to Alaska. The sense of small town Alaska really came through. It was interesting getting to know all these new characters. There is always some odd characters in these small towns. This is a great place to set a murder mystery. I’m looking forward to many more books in this series.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, thriller
Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a totally new direction for Ms. Shelton. I have enjoyed several of her cozy mystery series so I was intrigued to read this suspense story. I am so glad that I did because I was pulled into the story from the first page.

Ms. Shelton's descriptive writing made me feel like I was with Beth Rivers throughout the story. Benedict, AK became so real to me as I read that I felt like I could find it on a map of Alaska. Beth's character is well developed in this book and severa
Susan Johnson
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I really liked this new series set in Alaska. In fact I was a little lonely this morning because I wanted to read what was going on with Beth and the other residents of small town of Benedict, AK. Luckily the ending left no doubt that there will be more books coming and I can't wait.

Beth Rivers is a well known author who is kidnapped by a crazed fan and held for several days. She is severely injured during her escape and has lost her memory but it is coming back slowly and erratically. The kid
Laura Rash
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! A little bit of mystery set in the wilds of Alaska made for a new twist on this type of book. I’m hoping for more in this series very soon!
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Beth Rivers is a successful thriller author using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild. She has many fans but one fanatic took things way too far. Kidnapped and held in a van for 3 days, she manages to escape as the van was going down the road. Recovering in the hospital from her injuries her captor is still on the loose and she knows she is not safe. With a little help, she unexpectedly leaves the hospital to go to an undisclosed location.

Beth soon touches down in Benedict, A
Thank you, Minotaur Books for my copy of Thin Ice, in exchange for my honest review. This title releases December 3, 2019.

The story follows Beth Rivers, aka Elizabeth Fairchild, who escapes the throws of a fanatic kidnapper and runs off to Alaska to hide and deal with her traumatic experience.

I enjoyed the atmospheric setting of the storyline and the Alaskan remoteness. The author does a great job at setting the stage and making you feel like you are right there with the characters in the harshn
This book is first in the series, and my first book to read from author Paige Shelton. I would have to say I enjoyed this read very much and enjoyed reading about a book with amazing destinations like the remote Benedict, Alaska which adds to the thrilling atmosphere of this suspenseful mystery. The story begins as our main character, Beth Rivers, who is a thriller author was kidnapped by a fan. Beth miraculously escapes capture but sustained a brain injury, which caused her to lose her memory. ...more
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are quite a few synopsis of the plot of Thin Ice already. So I will relate what I liked about the book as it was a good read. First of all, it was rich in characters. Beth, who was a victim of a kidnapping is on the run, to hide from her kidnapper and she goes to a remote town in Alaska. Oh, are there the interesting characters! One can see them in future books. The men are mainly rugged outdoor people. The sheriff who came from working in Chicago is experienced and wise. The people who ar ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Paige Shelton book. A good pace mystery in small town Alaska. I'm looking forward to book 2.

Beth Rivers is an accomplished writer who recently escaped her fanatic fan from a moving van. She was injured in the process and lost short term memory. Nervous that her kidnapper will be coming back, she made a haste arrangement and moved to Alaska arriving at Benedict House, a boarding house that also serves as a half way house for non-violent felons. We get to meet many engaging charac
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thin Ice by Paige Shelton is a strong start to a new series, Alaska Wild Mysteries and has every element I look for in a good mystery book.

Beth Rivers is well-known author, Elizabeth Fairchild, who is now running for her life after a deranged fan kidnapped her and was never found. Levi Brooks held Beth captive for three days until she manages to fling herself from her captors moving van, causing a serious head injury. Levi is still at large and Beth decides to leave the hospital for the wilds o
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Beth Rivers who writes as Elizabeth Fairchild escaped from a van after being kidnapped by a crazed fan. Although her doctor wishes she would stay in St. Louis, Beth gets out of town, heading for rural Alaska. She finds the boutique hotel she booked actually serves as a halfway house for petty thieves. She poses as someone who fell off a horse in Denver although the local law enforcement knows the truth. Just before her arrival, a local woman's suspicious death sends Donner, a park ranger, ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story set in a small town in Alaska. Well developed and quirky characters. Looking forward to more in the series.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mystery, thriller
Beth Rivers, a.k.a Elizabeth Fairchild, a successful novelist, is kidnapped by her stalker Levi Brooks. She manages to escape by jumping out of a moving van, but gets a brain injury which necessitates an urgent operation. Unfortunately, Beth cannot remember much about her kidnapping, although her doctor says her memory will come back gradually. Not being able to remember even the face of her tormentor, she doesn't feel safe in the hospital and after a bit of ingenious planning, she is on her way ...more
Nancy McFarlane
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A famous crime novelist is kidnapped, and tortured by a stalker. She manages to escape after 3 days but suffered a severe brain injury and is left with only a few flashback memories of her captivity, no memory of what he looks like and only what she thinks is his name. She decides the only way to survive is to disappear until he is found. Luckily she writes under a pseudonym and very few people know her real name so she changes her appearance and using her real name of Beth Rivers she chooses wh ...more
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Miraculously, Beth Rivers managed to escape the clutches of a madman. Although she uses a pseudonym as a thriller writer, the fanatic managed to discover her identity and kidnap her. She goes to the furthest place she can to hide from the man, and that is to the remotest part of Alaska. Despite her feeling safe, a local murder near where she is staying makes her worry that the killer is again close on her heels.

This thrilling story sets off at breakneck speed and the tension never lets up. Beth
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't say much about this without giving a lot away. So....I'll just say that it was a good story with an unusual location but I thought that in the end there were still more questions than answers. Since this was the first book in the series hopefully the next one will provide more answers. ...more
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a new series!
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I've enjoyed Paige Shelton's cozy mysteries, and I was excited to see her branching out into the mystery/suspense/thriller genres. Beth Rivers is hiding in Benedict, Alaska...and she's not the only one. It's a small town with lots of secrets and trying to figure them out is helping keep her focus away from the reason she's hiding.

Lots of mystery and intrigue in this story. I liked the two separate elements of the story - the mystery unfolding in Benedict, as well as the mystery of what happened
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