ARC BOOK REVIEW: Lost Hours (Alaska Wild #5) by Paige Shelton

Publication Date: December 5, 2023
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Mystery

Publisher: St Martins Press
 288 Pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


A year after arriving in Benedict, Beth Rivers is feeling very at home in Alaska, even as outsiders are starting to return to enjoy the brief summer perfection. Beth feels like she’s finally let go of most of her demons. She’s even found her father, Eddy Rivers—or, rather, he found her—and she's trying to find the middle ground between anger and forgiveness.

One sunny July day, Beth boards a tourist ship to see the glaciers, the main reason visitors venture to the area, and something Beth hasn’t attempted until now. But when the captain has to navigate to an island, a bloodied woman is found standing on the shore, waving for help. When she’s brought aboard, she claims she was kidnapped from her home in Juneau three days earlier, and that a bear on the island killed her captor. She, however, is unharmed.

The woman, Sadie, finds a sympathetic ear in Beth. She tells her that she’s been in Juneau under witness protection, and that the Juneau police don’t like her. When another kidnapping occurs, Beth and police chief Gril can’t help but think the two cases are interwoven, though the clues to solving them will be harder to unravel.


I received a free copy of this book from St. Martins Press through I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

Alaska, the remoteness, and the small town play a major part in these books. 

I loved the interaction between Beth and her father, the struggle to forgive him being missing for most of her life. Trusting him is tough but you can feel Beth starting to thaw. I loved the idea of a remote island with spooky caves, not so thrilled about bears though which I think all of these characters would agree with. 

With a woman who claims she was kidnapped and a missing teenager This small village has its hands full. With no cell phones and limited numbers of people everyone pitches in when needed. Beth used to help her Grandfather who was a police chief so crime is not new to her and the local sheriff often asks for her help.

Overall this is a fun installment of this series with a set up at the end for the next book.  

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