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December 5, 2023

Lost Hours by Paige Shelton ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

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.

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book cover of mystery novel Lost Hours by Paige Shelton
December 2023; Minotaur Books; 978-1250846617
audio, ebook, print (288 pages); mystery

I always look forward to December because it means there will be a new book in the Alaska Wild series. I've been reading this series since book 1 Thn Ice. While I think you will enjoy it more if you read the series in order as there is an over-arching mystery, you can start with this one.

I must admit that Lost Hours isn't my favorite book in the series. It is still good, but there seemed to be something missing. It is book 5 in the series and it felt more like a placeholder than a book to move the story forward. 

Just as we got to know Beth's mother Mills in book 3 Dark Nights and see their relationship, in this book we get to know her father and their strained relationship. 

As I mentioned there is an over-arching mystery running through the series, but each book has its own stand-alone mystery. A woman is found on an uninhabited island and claims she had been kidnapped. Was she really or is it a ploy to get close to Beth? There are some holes in her story, but Beth and the rest of the town are willing to believe her or at least investigate until they have all the facts.

The mystery was okay. It didn't have the tension that the mystery in the other books had, but it was still interesting.

I'm glad I read it and I'm still looking forward to next December when the next book comes out. There is a little twist at the end that I'm eager to see how it plays out.

Buy Lost Hours at Amazon

If you haven't been reading this series, check out my reviews of the previous books in this series:

Book 1 Thin Ice
Book 2 Cold Wind
Book 3 Dark Night

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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