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Deep in the Alaskan Woods

(Alaska Wild #1)

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  138 reviews
In the wilds of Alaska, someone sinister is hunting…

Alexandra Collister came to her estranged cousins’ B and B in Falls Lake, Alaska, looking for a fresh start. The surrounding forest can be harsh and unforgiving—luckily, rugged wilderness tracker Quinn Mantell offers to be her guide. Still recovering from a toxic previous relationship, Alex is wary of getting too close, b
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by MIRA
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May 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Spoilers ~ The heroine feels guilt and continual mourning over her twin she lost in the womb. She blames herself for absorbing her twin (vanishing twin syndrome). If that wasn’t bad enough, she sees her twin when she looks in a mirror and considers the lost twin her best friend. It makes her sound unbalanced.

It was also very repetitive. They mentioned Sully Sullenberger landing on the Hudson four or five times. Unreal. The dialogue is painful.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
This story is like the energizer keeps going and going and going....

So many “ugh” moments:

1. Q-man calls a woman he just met: Queen Alexandra and Sweetheart...ew
2. Alex has guilt over vanishing twin syndrome. She feels guilty because her twin vanished in the womb and she absorbed her over twenty years ago.
3. The author reveals the ending to a famous book. (This is just taboo for me.)
4. The writing is simplistic.
5. The author repeatedly reveals the meaning of her w
A romantic suspense novel sounds interesting, specially one set in Alaska. However, this one is not a memorable novel. It is very disappointing that I wasnt wowed by this novel because I really liked American Duchess by the same author.
First of all, I dont understand how you go from my fiancee is wonderful to ... he is evil and just tried to rape me. Secondly, I dont like fake cute dog emergencies. Oh please someone help me, I have an emergency my dog wandered out into the woods. That is not an
Heather Fineisen
An average entry in the romantic suspense genre with not enough romance or suspense. The Alaskan setting was a good call and I enjoyed the wilderness scenes. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough sizzle or written attraction between Alex and Quinn. There is a murder and a stalker which should generate plenty of suspense but the plot didn't thicken and the bad guy stalker was a caricature.

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Danielle  Gypsy Soul
DNF at 50%

I wanted to like this book but the only thing it had going for it was the setting - I do love the whole Alaska wilderness setting. I knew I was in trouble when the fiance went from great guy to complete abusive jerk in about a page. There was no build up - one day she is in love with a wonderful guy and the next she has to leave everything and move to Alaska. Then when she gets there she falls in love immediately - I don't like instant love in the best of circumstances but with a woman
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-suspense, dnf, cheesy
I’ve been waiting for this book for weeks (library). I’d never read this author but the synopsis, the reading sample, and the cover looked very intriguing. Unfortunately, it was not just boring but the dialogue was just odd. I couldn’t finish it. I pushed myself but I’ve read plenty of self published works so much better. This is an established author so I expected to at least be able to finish it. Here is what I found odd/unbelievable or why I just had to stop reading this book.

1 the story beg
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
1.5 Stars

Ok, so what did I just read? I'm not trying to be mean, but was this book actually written by Karen Harper? I have read this author before and have loved her work, but this book didn't even read like her writing!

There were so many things wrong with this book. To start with, the abusive fiance of our main character Alexandra, he goes from super sweet and she's so happy to total @sshole in the span of a page. I didn't buy it. It would have been nicer to get more background and see more fr
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read from a new author. It had drama, suspense and a twist plus some romance. I would read more from this author. The characters were interesting and well-developed and the story was complex. I enjoyed it.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh ,,, this one was hard to get in to and I honestly gave up about halfway through. I though it would be one of those quick, enjoyable reads and instead I found myself frustrated with the writing and bored.

I’ve read Karen Harper before and was excited to receive this eARC. It sounded interesting and just the type of story I like to read. This one felt rushed and the writing felt forced. It was hard to connect to any of the characters. They were just so unlikeable and one dimensional. The author
Cyndi Marie ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆
DNF 50%

kinda spoiler... Sorry
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Denice Langley
I've read several Karen Harper books and loved them. This's a good book with a solid story line and cast of characters. Enough action and suspense to keep you reading but I don't see it as her best work. I enjoyed the read but hope the 2nd book in this trilogy is better. ...more
Jenna Davis
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was the literal worst. Oh poor me! Oh I’ve known the man/woman for 5 minutes and now I’m in love forever blah blah terrible trope. It wasn’t even well enough written to be enjoyable trash.

I skimmed the last 3/4 of the book to figure out who did it and it was so glaringly obvious. Oy.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I would give this book negative stars if I could. It was astoundingly bad.
Janet Robel
Absolutely loved the Alaska setting! The overall plot didn't seem to have any surprises, but still entertaining nonetheless. ...more
Maureen Timerman
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
How fortunate that Alex see her fiancé true colors before she marries him, but will she be able to get away?
We travel from Illinois to Alaska, with her possessions in tow, along with her darling scottie dog, Spenser. Will she be able to escape and hide? The author gives us so much suspense and danger, with a murder and stalking, and yet there is a bit of sweet romance. I also loved the family dynamics and how they might not cousins might not have seen each other for a long time, but love each ot
Dec 31, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, alaskan
Unfortunately, Karen Harper died a few days after this came out. I have enjoyed her books before, but reviews on this one seem to call in to question the quality of writing. I'm sure chemo can make writing difficult. But as her backlist suggests, she enjoyed it. I'm still going to read this one and the next that she had finished in this series before her death. ...more
Teri Erickson
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I really wanted to love this one! This was a new author for me and I loved the synopsis and the cover so I just had to read it. I didn't love it. It was just ok. I found it boring at times and hard to muddle through. I found the characters to be one dimensional and I didn't connect with any of them. I found the romance part of this book to be unbelievable from the start. I don't know of anyone in an a
Sheila Myers
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I was a little disappointed with this book. The characters are good, but a little unrealistic to me. The same goes for the plot.
Donna Hines
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Vanishing twin syndrome?
Deep in the Alaskan Woods something is just not kosher...
Why is there bear claws everywhere?
What's up with the missing and or dead?
Why is bribery even suspected?
Yes, this is all over the place but be not afraid as the killer is revealed and Val receives long overdue justice but in an interesting wrap up.
Anger, money, power is always at the root of all evil and here we have a situation in which the situation plays upon those emotions and adds a number of twist
Diane Saul
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex has run to Alaska to escape and abusive relationship. She is staying at a lodge with her cousins. The story was a bit predictable but it still kept me entertained. I thought the vanishing twin aspect was not necessary to the story and mentioned way too often. On the whole the story kept me entertained. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Deep in the Alaskan Woods by Karen Harper that I read and reviewed.
This book was good romantic suspense book. It moved a bit slow for my usual taste but overall it was an enjoyable story and a good start to a new trilogy by Harper. I did enjoy Quinn and Alex as couple and how well they fit together in the story.
I am giving this book four out of five stars.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book one in the Alaska Wild series and I am looking forward to reading more! I love romantic suspense and Deep in the Alaskan Woods kept me engaged and wanting to read more. I really enjoyed it.
Sarah Knope
This was over-the-top ridiculous.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
just bad 🙈
Fiona Berry
Dec 12, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, smaltzy, poorly written! Very disappointing.
MAB  LongBeach
By the numbers romantic suspense. The characters are rather flat, the writing a bit choppy, and the plotting uninspired. The most interesting thing is the Alaskan scenery, but it was clearly written by an outsider.

Not horrible, might be worth it for die-hard romantic suspense fans, but nothing special.
Christy Roberts

This could have been so much better, but it fell flat on things. I was so excited by the summary on the back of the book. Alaska, Wilderness, Guy, A Who Done It Murder Mystery. It just didn't live up to the hype. I haven't ever read a book by Karen before and only read this cause was free book I got. I know if I had bought this I would have been so disappointed.

First thing it seems like Alex and her fiance have a great relationship. Almost perfect really, then bam he's trying to force h
Donna Repsher
It's been quite a while since I've read one of Karen Harper's romantic suspense novels, although I have been keeping up with her Amish novels, which I thoroughly enjoy. This is the first book in her new Alaska Wild series, and while loved the setting, the escape from a controlling, abusive fiance plot, and the murder mystery subplot, I found the pacing a bit slow, and the romance a bit sparse, which is why I'm giving it 3.5 stars rather than 5.

As always, I could find no fault with Ms. Harper's
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scott ...more

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