Police Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job in the quiet Alaska town of Shadow Gap when an unexpected string of criminal activity leaves her with a wounded officer, unexplained murders, and even an attack on her own father. Despite her mistrust of outsiders, she turns to Grier Brenner, a newcomer who seems to have the skills and training Autumn needs to face this threat to her community.
Grier is in Alaska for the same reason so many others are–to disappear–when Chief Long enlists his help. He emerges from the shadows and proves his mettle, but his presence in her life could be a deadly trap for them both. If his secret is exposed, all will be lost. And he’s not sure even Autumn could save him.
As the stakes rise and the dangers increase, Autumn and Grier must rely on each other to extinguish the deadly threats.
I enjoyed reading Cold Light of Day, the first book in Elizabeth Goddard’s Missing in Alaska romantic suspense series. Autumn is the police chief in a sleepy Alaskan town with a low crime rate. Dead bodies start turning up, and her role as police chief is in jeopardy. At the start of the story we learn that Autumn’s mother drowned in the Caribbean during a family vacation, and her father is the retired police chief who’s also an alcoholic. Autumn is under pressure to prove herself and keep her town safe.
Grier is an intriguing hero, and a man of mystery who’s hiding out in Shadow Gap. He sees a woman in the icy lake water at risk of drowning, and he rescues her. Grier has professional diving skills, and he agrees to help Autumn with ongoing police investigations.
Autumn and Grier are drawn to each other, but he’s an outsider and she’s slow to trust. Grier refuses to talk about his previous life, which complicates their relationship. A lovely friends to more romance develops as they’re pushed together due to their lives being in danger. Secrets from the past threaten to tear them apart as they work to solve the mystery deaths in Shadow Gap.
The suspense plot intensifies the tension to the story. I kept turning the page, wanting to know what happens next, and I didn’t pick how the ending would unfold. The Alaskan scenery is stunning, and I loved experiencing Alaska with Autumn and Grier. I recommend Cold Light of Day to romantic suspense readers who like fast paced stories with many twists and turns combined with a satisfying romance and a light faith element in the story.
Many thanks to Revell and Net Galley for the Advanced Reader Copy.