Known to the world as thriller author Elizabeth Fairchild, Beth had become the subject of a fanatic's obsession. After being held in a van for three days by her kidnapper, Levi Brooks, Beth managed to escape, and until he is captured, she's got to get away. Beth's new home in Alaska is sparsely populated with people who all seem to be running or hiding from something.
Known for her cozy mysteries, Shelton turns thriller author for this riveting story with an unusual setting and cast of characters. Fans of strong amateur sleuths will admire Beth’s struggle to build a new future in a remote location. Readers of Vicki Delany’s Molly Smith books, set in British Columbia, will also enjoy.
... Shelton delivers in every way. A sense of dread persists from the opening page to the novel’s surprising conclusion, with an overall tense mood and an all-too-real terror felt by the book’s protagonist, Beth Rivers ... Shelton methodically introduces Beth to a wide-ranging cast while swiftly ramping up the tension ... nothing cozy here, only danger.
Much of Thin Ice reads like a cozy with the same tone, tenor, and rhythm found in that popular mystery subgenre ... There are a few instances in this slow moving somewhat talky novel where the reader might question the validity of Beth's reaction to her circumstances. On the way to Benedict in a bush plane, having just escaped from the hospital, injured, in pain, and terrified, her demeanor seems a bit out of character. Even so, readers will sympathize with Beth, and be enthralled with the colorful descriptions of Alaska[.]