Taking a break from reviewing books I read in the fall, here’s a more recent read, compliments of Revell Publishers!!
Autumn is the police chief in a small Alaskan town, just like her father was before a bad accident left him permanently injured and a borderline alcoholic. Autumn loves her town and her job, but right now some members of the town council want to see her removed and the nephew of one of the council members installed as chief instead. Usually a quiet town, Shadow Gap has suddenly become rife with strange attacks and murders. Autumn finds herself leaning on a newcomer and outsider named Grier, but at the same time she can’t help wondering if he is the source of the trouble.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book, including Autumn herself and many of the secondary characters. Revell books sometimes have problems finding a balance with their Christian message, but it felt organic here to include some scriptural references and mentions of prayer, nothing too heavy-handed but enough to help the reader see that faith is an important part of some of the characters’ lives. The setting was well-written as well.
However, there were points in this story where things just felt too frantic. There was a lot happening all at once, to the point that it began to feel borderline ridiculous, and not particularly believable that all of these incidents were actually connected. As the action just kept ramping up, my enjoyment began to turn into a bit of eye-rolling. And while I did like Autumn and Grier together, I also didn’t quite believe in the chemistry – there were too many secrets for me to genuinely feel that they could fall in love with each other so quickly.
In the end, this was a 3* for read me. However, I can definitely see myself picking up the sequel. It’s possible that a second book, where there won’t be so many characters to introduce, won’t feel as rushed and jam-packed. While I enjoy a page-turning thriller, there needs to be some time for the characters to breathe, and I just didn’t quite get that from Cold Light of Day.