Review: Deep in the Alaskan Woods

Deep in the Alaskan Woods (Alaska Wild #1)


In the wilds of Alaska, someone sinister is hunting…

Alexandra Collister came to her estranged cousins’ B and B in Lost Lake, Alaska, looking for a fresh start. The sprawling forest surrounding the lodge can be harsh and unforgiving, but when Alex meets rugged wilderness tracker Quinn Mantell, he offers to be her guide. Still recovering from a toxic previous relationship, Alex is wary of getting too close, but when savagely deep claw marks appear outside her bedroom window, keeping her distance from Quinn is no longer an option.

Soon a body turns up exhibiting the same ruthless slash marks, and Alex knows it isn’t a coincidence. Something sinister is lurking in the woods around Lost Lake, turning Alex’s fresh start into a brutal game of survival. The murky veil of forest offers more threats than answers. Can Alex and Quinn find the killer before darkness falls for good?

Rating: 3.5-stars


Deep in Alaskan Woods by Karen Harper reads like a contemporary romance more than a romantic suspense novel. I’m not sure which route the writer had intended. However, I loved the characters. Their situations such as facing the loss in their pasts along with the danger they’re both facing now made it interesting. Alex is the main character. She moves to Alaska where she has some cousins and decides to make a new life for herself. But at the same time she wants to be far enough away from her abusive fiancé. Alex isn’t sure whether or not to trust the alluring and handsome, Quinn. Her cousins vouch for him and soon, Alex starts dating him. The way this book was written it felt like it was being told to me rather than showing me. It felt forced. The whole book had promising elements and scenes but it was like reading a screen play versus a novel. I was disappointed in that way. All in all, Karen Harper had everything setup right but the way it was written just didn’t come off as magical as it should.

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