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WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until f WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run. WRONG NAME Evelyn’s escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on vengeance, intent on recovering her life, she bides her time, patiently searching for the man who took everything from her. WRONG ALIBI At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evelyn emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family… Look for Wrong Alibi, the all-new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd, available from HQN Books December 29, 2020. Preorder your copy today!


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WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until f WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run. WRONG NAME Evelyn’s escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on vengeance, intent on recovering her life, she bides her time, patiently searching for the man who took everything from her. WRONG ALIBI At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evelyn emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family… Look for Wrong Alibi, the all-new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd, available from HQN Books December 29, 2020. Preorder your copy today!

30 review for Wrong Alibi

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kat Valentine

    Wrong Alibi is Christina Dodd's new thriller about a woman who was framed by a con man for the murder of a woman and her son. It was a great read with twists and turns with a good storyline. I really liked the main character Petie she was alittle naive and trusting but very likeable. My fave character was the mysterious and deadly Jeen lee a woman who ruled a empire and not someone you wanted to cross,but when petie gives her information about her son who was kidnapped years earlier a bond is fo Wrong Alibi is Christina Dodd's new thriller about a woman who was framed by a con man for the murder of a woman and her son. It was a great read with twists and turns with a good storyline. I really liked the main character Petie she was alittle naive and trusting but very likeable. My fave character was the mysterious and deadly Jeen lee a woman who ruled a empire and not someone you wanted to cross,but when petie gives her information about her son who was kidnapped years earlier a bond is formed and miss Lee is going to help petie to prove her innocence. And when petie's mom's new boyfriend turns out to be the real killer she must act fast before her mother ends up being his next victim.And if that isn't enough the dead woman's husband Zone Jameson is on her trail too wanting revenge for his families death. I really enjoyed this thriller,it's told with many points of view and some really great secondary characters like Hawley foggo petie's boss and his right hand man Miska both are very interesting and make me want to know more about them. I've been reading Dodd's books for years and her storytelling is awesome as always. Until next time Luv's💕💋

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    June 30 Received notice widget was ready. SO EXCITED! July 2 Book hasn’t downloaded on any of my devices. Sore head from banging against wall. July 3, 1 a.m. Fire and Kindle decides to either take widget out of hiding or to download. SO RELIEVED July 3, 1 a.m. I do my modified happy dance. (not nekkid, not in cul de sac) July 3, 1:05 a.m. Read from 1:05am to 3:30 am. Fall asleep 3 hours on couch, resume reading. WORTH STAYING UP ALL NIGHT to read. Nah, I wasn’t anxious to read Wrong Alibi. Not at June 30 Received notice widget was ready. SO EXCITED! July 2 Book hasn’t downloaded on any of my devices. Sore head from banging against wall. July 3, 1 a.m. Fire and Kindle decides to either take widget out of hiding or to download. SO RELIEVED July 3, 1 a.m. I do my modified happy dance. (not nekkid, not in cul de sac) July 3, 1:05 a.m. Read from 1:05am to 3:30 am. Fall asleep 3 hours on couch, resume reading. WORTH STAYING UP ALL NIGHT to read. Nah, I wasn’t anxious to read Wrong Alibi. Not at all. I’ll warn y’all, I liked it, I really liked it. A naïve girl, former gang member, one who has decides to straighten herself out by getting a degree while in juvie. Nineteen years old, Evie Jones is so young, while being tragically old. Evie takes a job in Rockin, Alaska with a man named Donald White. Evie’s mom and sister are now living in Rockin. She hopes to eventually to contact them to show she has started to turn her life around. Instead she is framed for a heinous double murder, one that is brutal and unforgivable. In an incredibly lucky moment, at least for her, Evie escapes on her way to prison. Evie completes her escape by eventually landing at a remote, but luxurious wilderness camp. Besides her summer duties, Evie serves as the winter caretaker. During the long winter months, Evie learns new skill sets. For eight years, Evie searches on-line for the man, Donald White, who set her up, the man everyone insists does not exist. The man who makes her feel like a classic case of TSTL. Except Evie still exists, and is doing rather well; at least for someone hiding out in the extremes of the Alaska wilderness. Eventually Evie finds White at the worst possible place. All Evie cares about is getting to White. At the same time, others are gunning for Evie with hatred equal to anything Evie feels for White. First lesson learned in Wrong Alibi, know your friends, I mean really know them. Second lesson, nature isn’t really trying to kill you. It just seems that way if you aren’t paying attention. Third lesson learned, if it seems too good to be true, or if your spidey senses are tap dancing in your head, pay attention. But at the same time, mistakes don’t make you TSTL. Even if you do go into that basement, at least you aren’t wearing a flowing white nightgown. But then again, you are listening to a stuffed bear. Fourth lesson learned, revenge really is better served cold, or at least served in Alaska. This was a terrific book of revenge, redemption, and forgiveness. Dodd often writes morality tales, mixed in with her suspense, high adventure and chases. She hasn’t totally given up on romance, but the romance is usually smoothly incorporated into the story and is not a major feature. Some readers have found the sex and romance in Wrong Alibi jarring. Considering the characters and how they have lived I find it makes sense. With so many writers my eyes glaze when I start reading the florid descriptions of the setting. Not so with Dodd, she is not flowery. She is masterful. I purposely slow down to savor every bit about king salmon fishing, the mountains, and the unimaginable Alaska winters. I have paid particular attention to the settings in every one of Dodd’s books. I like to think I can figure out Dodd’s twists. Nope, once again she is several steps ahead of me, which helps keep her writing fresh. Evelyn, Evie, Petie, all the same woman, through the stages of her growth. She gets lucky and grows up; painful to watch the process, but a pleasure nonetheless. I also like that Evie is mixed race. It is mentioned, and then we move on. A special treat for readers of the Cape Charade series, two of the characters from that series have bigger roles in Wrong Alibi. This is the start of a new series. I see a few intriguing directions it could go with the secondary characters. And Nils. Of course there is Nils. Revenge is always such a treat for readers; we are certainly served our share. I won't say this story is as dark as an Alaska winter (not just because it would be too obvious) but it is darker than most of Dodd's books. Dodd was a well regarded romantic/suspense writer before she started leaning more heavily to the suspense side, resulting in the mighty fine series of Virtue Falls and Cape Charade. I really wouldn't miss those books. Looks like the Murder in Alaska series is going to be just as terrific. Thank you so much for a NetGalley ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. It’s not as if I didn’t warn you up front that I really liked this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shelleen Toland

    18 year old Evelyn is looking for a job when she gets contacted from Donald White, In Alaska. She has just been in trouble and wants to turn her life around and make her mom proud. Once she meets Donald then I was noticing red flags right away. But since she was only 18 , didn't know any better. He has her running all the errands and has the bank account in only her name. He never goes to town with her. He also tells her not to go into the basement because it is unsafe and has no banister. Take 18 year old Evelyn is looking for a job when she gets contacted from Donald White, In Alaska. She has just been in trouble and wants to turn her life around and make her mom proud. Once she meets Donald then I was noticing red flags right away. But since she was only 18 , didn't know any better. He has her running all the errands and has the bank account in only her name. He never goes to town with her. He also tells her not to go into the basement because it is unsafe and has no banister. Take your laundry to town. One morning she wakes up and he is gone. So after really questioning herself about the weird things that are around the house, she decides to venture. She also decides to go down to the basement. Where she discovers 2 bodies. The police arrive and she is trying to tell them about Donald White. They don't believe her and arrest her for murder. That is when everything really starts to happen. I don't want to spoil anything but you really need to read this book to find out what happens. I really liked Evelyn and I didn't feel like she was a whiner at all and she always kept her head on her shoulders. Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins (Harequin) for the ARC to review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    There are two reasons I was excited to get this ARC and to have read it months ahead of release date. First, I have enjoyed several books by Christina Dodd, so she is an auto-read author. Second, it is the start of a new series. Evie/Petie led a rough life as a gang member and ended up in juvenile hall. Free at the age of eighteen, she plans on settling in a remote Alaskan town called Rockin. Petie hopes this will not only be a fresh start for her, but she also hopes to reconnect with her mother There are two reasons I was excited to get this ARC and to have read it months ahead of release date. First, I have enjoyed several books by Christina Dodd, so she is an auto-read author. Second, it is the start of a new series. Evie/Petie led a rough life as a gang member and ended up in juvenile hall. Free at the age of eighteen, she plans on settling in a remote Alaskan town called Rockin. Petie hopes this will not only be a fresh start for her, but she also hopes to reconnect with her mother and sister because they now live in Rockin. She barely gets her chance as she takes on a job as a bookkeeper to Donald White. However, brutal murders of a mother and child take place. She contacts the police, pleads with them. Begs them to listen to her as she tells them that Donald White is the killer. No one believes her and, as the only suspect, Evie is convicted and receives a ninety-nine year sentence. Her life is over. However, not only does she manage to escape, she has every intent on finding the man she feels is responsible, Donald White, thus seeking revenge for her conviction and bringing him to justice. Safe in a wilderness camp, her anonymity intact, Evie spends eight year searching, and she finally locates him. Having all but inhaled Dodd's Cape Charade series, which also took place in Alaska, I love the remote setting once again in this new series. In the previous series, there were strong elements of romance throughout. Not so in this story. Instead, the focus is on Evie's desperate search for revenge. As I read this book, I did have to sort Evelyn/Edie/Petie a bit, so it was just easier referring to her as Evie in this review. The book was a bit choppy, to say the least, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The twists became many, and there was more than one red herring. I do look forward to more in this series, especially as Evie's troubled past was explored. I had strong hope for Evie and her mother, as well as the romantic interest that slowly happened for Evie in this story. Usually I can guess where the next book in a series might land, but I have to admit that I haven't a clue. I am eager to see where Dodd goes next with this series. Many thanks to HQN and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: There was another, shorter line, a lot shorter than this one, and Petie couldn’t figure out why, so she watched. Behind the glass stood a middle-aged female officer, short, skinny, tanned, wrinkled, smoking a cigarette. She didn’t speak, she blared. “Back again, are you? What’s it been, what? Two months since you beat your wife? Or two months since she turned you in? I suppose she’s coming to pick you up. A weak woman and a guy with heavy fists. You’re made for each other. Pay th Favorite Quotes: There was another, shorter line, a lot shorter than this one, and Petie couldn’t figure out why, so she watched. Behind the glass stood a middle-aged female officer, short, skinny, tanned, wrinkled, smoking a cigarette. She didn’t speak, she blared. “Back again, are you? What’s it been, what? Two months since you beat your wife? Or two months since she turned you in? I suppose she’s coming to pick you up. A weak woman and a guy with heavy fists. You’re made for each other. Pay the fine at that window.” … “That’s Chief of Police Gretchen George. Wretchen Gretchen we call her.” No sane cop would come out in this weather, not even to capture a convicted and escaped murderer. She grinned. That was the real definition of cold comfort. He’s charming. He’s mesmerizing. That voice would lull a baby to sleep… right before he smothered it with its own pillow. He knew he’d been a jerk. Signa stared at him like a Valkyrie about to smite a mortal. My Review: I greatly enjoyed this unpredictable and quirky tale; it was highly eventful with several conundrums to solve and multiple storylines that blended the genres of family drama, thriller, and women’s fiction. My curiosity was alert and on-point throughout perusal. The active storylines and engaging and smooth writing style were entertaining, well-paced, and easy to follow with shrewdly placed hits of humor and oddly intriguingly and peculiar characters. I began to eagerly look forward to each new player as their introductions and descriptions were lively and fun. This was my first time reading this prolific scribbler with Goodreads reporting ninety-four listings and multiple genres. How have I not noticed her agile word skills and deft pen before? I have rectified this grievous error by adding her to my list of favorites.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    Wrong Alibi took me a while to get into. The start of the novel just felt really choppy. First, Evie is alone during the winter time. Then it’s the summertime and she is assisting at a Alaskan hunting camp where there are some questionable visitors. Then we jump back in time, to see how she ended up at the hunting camp. I was really confused at the start, I had no idea what the novel was about and had a hard time seeing how realistic it was. So once Evie has one mistake (or ten), the novel reall Wrong Alibi took me a while to get into. The start of the novel just felt really choppy. First, Evie is alone during the winter time. Then it’s the summertime and she is assisting at a Alaskan hunting camp where there are some questionable visitors. Then we jump back in time, to see how she ended up at the hunting camp. I was really confused at the start, I had no idea what the novel was about and had a hard time seeing how realistic it was. So once Evie has one mistake (or ten), the novel really does start to get interesting. Putting aside all of her questionable actions, Evie does grow on you and you just want to the best for her and her family. I was super surprised by the mystery and who was behind everything. 3 stars out of a potential 5. Once you get past the beginning, it’s a great mystery! Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Petie had no luck. She was put in a juvenile detention center for something she didn't do because she had been part of a group that was arrested. We meet her as the story goes from present day back to her release from the detention center and to a new, promising job in Alaska. She goes from sunny California to frigid Alaska for a job that sounded perfect. But...is her job with Donald White really the perfect job? I didn't trust Donald. He has a house and a car in someone else's name and oodles of m Petie had no luck. She was put in a juvenile detention center for something she didn't do because she had been part of a group that was arrested. We meet her as the story goes from present day back to her release from the detention center and to a new, promising job in Alaska. She goes from sunny California to frigid Alaska for a job that sounded perfect. But...is her job with Donald White really the perfect job? I didn't trust Donald. He has a house and a car in someone else's name and oodles of money, antiques, and investments. Donald was a problem Petie didn't need. The writing style in WRONG ALIBI pulled me in, and the storyline was excellent and different. This book is truly one you don’t want to miss because it touched so many emotions and will have you wondering how you would handle the situations Petie had to endure. It will also have you asking yourself if you really can trust the people in your life no matter who they are. I would call it a thriller with some tense moments that had me on edge, but I would also call it a thoughtful read. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    At 18 years old, Evelyn Jones gets a job in a small town in Alaska. She’s hoping to turn her life around and eventually be reunited with her family. The job and her boss, Donald White, are perfect - although he does have some odd ways about him. Evelyn quickly learns that something that seems too good to be true, usually is. Donald disappears leaving Evelyn looking like a thief, embezzler and worst of all - a murderer with two victims. She is convicted and sent to jail for a crime she did not do At 18 years old, Evelyn Jones gets a job in a small town in Alaska. She’s hoping to turn her life around and eventually be reunited with her family. The job and her boss, Donald White, are perfect - although he does have some odd ways about him. Evelyn quickly learns that something that seems too good to be true, usually is. Donald disappears leaving Evelyn looking like a thief, embezzler and worst of all - a murderer with two victims. She is convicted and sent to jail for a crime she did not do. Ten years later, her fate changes. Evelyn is able to escape and change her name. She gets a new job isolated from anyone who knows her. When Donald once again turns up, Evelyn is out for revenge and to clear her name. However, he’s not that easy to trap. This book kept me hooked from the start. There were many different twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing and captivated. My heart went out to Evelyn since she is on her own through most of the book. It is hard to know who Evelyn could trust. I suspected everyone of ulterior motives.Then, some romance comes into her life but she couldn’t trust that either. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down. I wanted to know how it was all going to turn out. It's more thriller than romantic suspense. Wrong Alibi is the first in a new series, Murder in Alaska. There isn’t a cliffhanger at the end, it’s all wrapped up in this book. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for us in the next book. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. "Wrong Alibi" is a departure from Christina Dodd's usually romantic-suspense. But, I can see that this series is a natural progression for her from romantic-suspense to darker mystery/suspense books. This new offering reminds me of books by Loreth Anne White who has made the wilds of Canada as much a character as the people who inhabit that area and the heavy, dark mystery she Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. "Wrong Alibi" is a departure from Christina Dodd's usually romantic-suspense. But, I can see that this series is a natural progression for her from romantic-suspense to darker mystery/suspense books. This new offering reminds me of books by Loreth Anne White who has made the wilds of Canada as much a character as the people who inhabit that area and the heavy, dark mystery she writes. But this new darker suspense offering is not without problems. Plot holes big enough to drive a Mack truck through and timeline shifts that leave the reader wondering what is going on. If you can get past these problems, you will find a great suspense plot. At eighteen Evelyn Jones has spent four years in the California Juvenile Detention system. She is freed on parole and has gotten a wonderful job and a second chance in Rocklin, Alaska. Her boss, Donald White is a little on the strange side, but Evie enjoys her work and the opportunity to prove to her mother that she has truly changed. Then Donald disappears leaving Evie holding the bag for murder, theft and embezzlement. Because Evie has made an enemy of the chef of police, she is railroaded for the crimes. Fate has other plans for Evie when she escapes on the way to prison. Injured, she is aided by a kind doctor and ends up in the remote Midnight Sun Fishing Camp where she has worked, under an alias, for the past ten years. During the dark winter she has gotten an education, learned languages and made successful investments. She has also made some powerful friends, and enemies. In addition, has been searching for Donald White the whole time. The day she finally finds him, she is shocked to find her mother on his arm. All Evie can think about is returning to Rocklin, Alaska and saving her mother, finally bringing a murderer to justice and clearing her name. Someone else is also looking for justice, but to Zone Jameson, the husband and father of the dead family, that means seeing Evelyn Jones in prison for the rest of her life.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Romantic Suspense / Vigilante Justice / Contemporary Publication date : December 29, 2020 The idea of WRONG ALIBI was interesting and intriguing. There were parts of this story I loved and parts I didn’t care for. Its a bit difficult to follow this story at first because it jump all over the place, the sequences doesn't make much sense and Evelyn/Evie/Petie was confusing. But things pick up. 18-year-old Evie was very naive and gullible teenager despite being in a juvenile detention center. The Romantic Suspense / Vigilante Justice / Contemporary Publication date : December 29, 2020 The idea of WRONG ALIBI was interesting and intriguing. There were parts of this story I loved and parts I didn’t care for. Its a bit difficult to follow this story at first because it jump all over the place, the sequences doesn't make much sense and Evelyn/Evie/Petie was confusing. But things pick up. 18-year-old Evie was very naive and gullible teenager despite being in a juvenile detention center. The reason her mother sent her away was weak and all the reference to evil Belarus... Then ten years later this gullible teenager is suddenly capable of tracking down missing child. Really? But I like that Mrs. Dodd once again write about strong heroine -- the protagonist find herself in peril, completely alone but she will soon figure out how to survive, bring justice and take control of her life. I wish author had spent more time in fleshing out Evie/Petie instead of adding all those multiple POVs. I didn't feel connected to the characters. Also that insta-sex was just thrown at us. Why not build up relationship even a little?? Dialogue often sounded awkward and stilted. We are told, instead of shown. I'm glad that I read this story but its not my favorite by Christina Dodd (not like Obsession Falls). Perhaps with better editing, this story could have been better and more gripping?

  12. 4 out of 5

    lilias

    Quite a few things bothered me about this book. Many issues could be summed up by how thin it is spread, trying to be too many things and do too much at once. There are some fun ideas, but they never pan out enough to get interesting and often don’t make sense. Characters are two dimensional, doing and saying bizarre, unnatural, things. The dialogue feels clunky, as though it had been badly translated. Place is as two dimensional as characters. When the book leaves the West Coast of the United S Quite a few things bothered me about this book. Many issues could be summed up by how thin it is spread, trying to be too many things and do too much at once. There are some fun ideas, but they never pan out enough to get interesting and often don’t make sense. Characters are two dimensional, doing and saying bizarre, unnatural, things. The dialogue feels clunky, as though it had been badly translated. Place is as two dimensional as characters. When the book leaves the West Coast of the United States it only speaks of unspecified distant places that are full of terrorists and murderers. (Speaking of distant places, I could be wrong, but it seems Dodd made up Quemada, which is so odd not least because it’s the name of a real island just off the coast of Brazil. References to it are confusing, not mysterious. Also, is Magara not the village in Turkey?) I’ve never read a book by Christina Dodd before this, but I’d seen her name everywhere. I know she’s extremely popular and successful so the quality of this book was surprising to me. Maybe it was mostly due to poor editing; there were some issues there. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, either. I am starting to learn I should avoid thriller/mysteries written by romance authors. *ARC provided my publisher, thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to the publisher for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review The first in a new series from Christina Dodd! I’ve enjoyed her other books and was excited to see that I would actually be starting in the correct place for a series – you’d be amazed how often I just don’t look ahead and then find myself in the middle of a series. Typically I luck out and end up reading one where they could be standalone books, but thankfully this is book one. WRONG ALIBI is the start of the Murder Thanks to the publisher for the free ebook copy in exchange for my honest review The first in a new series from Christina Dodd! I’ve enjoyed her other books and was excited to see that I would actually be starting in the correct place for a series – you’d be amazed how often I just don’t look ahead and then find myself in the middle of a series. Typically I luck out and end up reading one where they could be standalone books, but thankfully this is book one. WRONG ALIBI is the start of the Murder in Alaska series and I loved the setting. There’s just something about thrillers set in these more rural and unforgiving landscapes that up the suspense for me. I liked the pacing, the characters were well-developed and I look forward to seeing where the author takes them throughout the series, but there was just something that didn’t completely hook me in. I did finish it pretty quickly, but there was just something about it that dropped it down a little in my rating. I will definitely continue with the series and more of Dodd’s other releases! I would highly recommend avoiding the synopsis if you can, or at least not refreshing yourself before starting because it gives us a little too much information, but I don’t think it will completely ruin the reading experience.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Review will be posted after Blog tour 12/29

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Wrong Alibi Author: Christina Dodd Book Series: Murder in Alaska Book 1 Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: thriller, mystery, suspense Publication Date: December 29, 2020 Genre: Thriller Recommended Age: 18+ (death, gore, violence, romance, sexual content, language) Publisher: HQN Books Pages: 384 Synopsis: WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mount Disclaimer: I received the e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Wrong Alibi Author: Christina Dodd Book Series: Murder in Alaska Book 1 Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: thriller, mystery, suspense Publication Date: December 29, 2020 Genre: Thriller Recommended Age: 18+ (death, gore, violence, romance, sexual content, language) Publisher: HQN Books Pages: 384 Synopsis: WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and a brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run. WRONG NAME Evelyn’s escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on vengeance, intent on recovering her life, she bides her time, patiently searching for the man who took everything from her. WRONG ALIBI At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evelyn emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family… Review: For the most part, this was a good book. The setting and tone of the book is perfect for the genre, the story is intriguing and kept me interested in the book, and I liked the world building. I also felt that the twists were fairly good and, while predictable, was really good. However, I couldn’t connect with the characters. They all feel flat and uninteresting and their development wasn’t that well done. Verdict: It was good, just needs a bit more character development.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    I've read a few Christina Dodd titles before, and I was in the mood for a mystery thriller laced with some romance. The blurb piqued my interest and I was excited to be approved. Evie was young and naive when she agreed to work for Donald White and found herself framed for a double murder. Ten years later, she's created a new identity for herself, working at a remote fishing lodge in Alaska and spending her free time "finding people and things" in her search for the man who tried to put her in j I've read a few Christina Dodd titles before, and I was in the mood for a mystery thriller laced with some romance. The blurb piqued my interest and I was excited to be approved. Evie was young and naive when she agreed to work for Donald White and found herself framed for a double murder. Ten years later, she's created a new identity for herself, working at a remote fishing lodge in Alaska and spending her free time "finding people and things" in her search for the man who tried to put her in jail. When a wealthy client offers her a favor, Evie has to figure out if what she wants is a way out of hiding--or revenge. This is the kind of book you can finish in a single sitting. It's easily readable, and the voices are distinct. Dodd is no stranger to developing her characters, and at first, I was intrigued with Petie and her life in Alaska. I loved reading about the smaller aspects of life there that you wouldn't normally consider, especially if you've spent most of your life in California. As an upstate NYer, I'm used to winters, but I loved the description of Rockin and the travel aspect of it was fascinating. About a quarter of the way through, I felt like I was reading a different book. The writing style slightly changed, so where I thought I had a grip on Evie's voice, her diction started to sound more formal and awkward, and at times, this took me out of the story. This felt exacerbated by her conversations with other characters who also took on stilted cadences and formalized interactions. I wanted to be absorbed in the fishing resort where instead I was wondering why everyone had started acting so strange all of a sudden. Zone's character, too, fell a bit flat for me, one dimensional in his suffering and depiction. Some readers I feel will respond well to the sudden spark between Evie and Zone, but for me, it came out of left field and felt entirely out of character. Will they make a good series focus going forward? I think so. With their layered backstories and magnetic personalities, I think there's a lot of potential, and I'd probably read the next installment. Wrong Alibi has some shining moments and standard fares, but overall, I'd recommend to fans of serial reads or travel mysteries who want some impromptu romance. Thank you to HQN and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    At eighteen, Evelyn Jones was convicted of a double murder she didn’t commit. She manages to escape prison and spent several years in hiding at a small fishing camp in Alaska’s wilderness. However, when the man who framed her turns up next to her mother’s side, Evelyn comes out of hiding to clear her good name and makes sure the real murderer pays for the crimes they committed. Verdict: This is the first book in the Murder in Alaska series and oh boy, there is a lot to unpack here. There is a lot At eighteen, Evelyn Jones was convicted of a double murder she didn’t commit. She manages to escape prison and spent several years in hiding at a small fishing camp in Alaska’s wilderness. However, when the man who framed her turns up next to her mother’s side, Evelyn comes out of hiding to clear her good name and makes sure the real murderer pays for the crimes they committed. Verdict: This is the first book in the Murder in Alaska series and oh boy, there is a lot to unpack here. There is a lot going on with this book which shot the whole theme out into the stratosphere on believability. First, we have Evelyn who had a really rough childhood, was convicted of embezzlement and a double murder, escaped prison via natural disaster, had some doctor perform plastic surgery drastic enough she no longer looks the same, then escaped into the wilderness for years without getting caught. Then we have Zone, Evelyn’s current love interest and widow to the murdered woman and child, spent years being held hostage in a foreign country and systematically abused before escaping and returning to the US to hide out in the wilderness. They both somehow end up in the same town and hunt down the killer who turns out to be a serial killer working with an accomplice. It was a lot to swallow and to be quite frank, too much over the top. The relationship between Zone and Evelyn wasn’t really necessary and almost detracted from the many twists and turns Dodd used to ramp up the suspense. That being said, it was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with a quick and easy read. *Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gobookmart

    Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is the first novel in her new Alaskan Mystery series. Wrong Alibi is a thriller focusing on a 18 year old young girl who goes to a modest community in Alaska to work for a man living in detachment. Evelyn Jones, likes her new position, particularly since her chief, Donald White, permits her to go into town to store huge amounts of cash and gems, and individuals around become more acquainted with her. A little while later, D Originally posted on Gobookmart Review : Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is the first novel in her new Alaskan Mystery series. Wrong Alibi is a thriller focusing on a 18 year old young girl who goes to a modest community in Alaska to work for a man living in detachment. Evelyn Jones, likes her new position, particularly since her chief, Donald White, permits her to go into town to store huge amounts of cash and gems, and individuals around become more acquainted with her. A little while later, Donald White vanishes, and Evelyn finds two bodies in the basement. She calls the police, but she is captured for homicide and embezzlement, as nobody has seen or ever known about Donald White. She is indicted and condemned, despite her claims of innocence; while in transit to jail, there is an awful accident, and Evie figures out how to get away, as all the others associated with the accident died, she is accepted to be dead. Evie goes to the Alaska wild, under the expected name of Petie, where she turns into the right-hand individual for the proprietor of the camp; with her likewise being in isolation as the overseer during the ice cold weather months. Petie works intimately with her chief, as she figures out how to make ventures for the two of them to bring in cash. During her 8 years, she keeps on exploring on the web to discover the one who set her up and destroyed her life; she turns out to be pretty savvy in investigating. During the summer camps, Petie meets a solid and influential lady, Jeen Lee, who comes a couple of times with workers to figure out how to survive in the wild. After knowing this lady a couple of years, Petie chooses to move toward Jeen Lee, as her capacity to investigate has empowered her to discover data for the lady about her child who had been kidnapped years back. As expected, Jeen Lee will become friends with Petie, and help her discover the individual who framed her. At the point when Petie at last finds him, she is bent on vengeance, however she discovers that a similar man, Donald White (utilizing another name), is living with her mom in her home town and Petie is urgent to stop him before he does likewise to her mom. What follows is an exciting tense experience, that once Petie re-visitations of her old hometown, there are such countless exciting twists that kept on changing the game. Zone Jameson arrives behind schedule into the story, as the two bodies Evie (Petie) had found were his wife and child. He is determined to find her and kill her, yet he will realize there is a whole other story about what occurred, and in time zone will work with Petie to prevent the genuine killer from killing once more. Wrong Alibi is a very well written mystery thriller by Christina Dodd. I thought the personality of Evie or Petie was incredible, as well as other secondary characters. If you like reading thriller novels, you should read Wrong Alibi. Follow us on social media Google News Facebook Instagram Twitter

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    I have really savored books written by Christina Dodd. I thoroughly enjoyed The Cape Charade books, which I came into completely blind. I knew nothing about the plot and had read nothing else by the author. It was an extremely pleasant surprise then, when I found myself on the edge of my seat, and also chuckling aloud throughout the book. Infusing good humor into a suspense/thriller takes real talent, and I thought it was so well done. Hence, my request for this book. Ugh, okay, I'm going to qui I have really savored books written by Christina Dodd. I thoroughly enjoyed The Cape Charade books, which I came into completely blind. I knew nothing about the plot and had read nothing else by the author. It was an extremely pleasant surprise then, when I found myself on the edge of my seat, and also chuckling aloud throughout the book. Infusing good humor into a suspense/thriller takes real talent, and I thought it was so well done. Hence, my request for this book. Ugh, okay, I'm going to quit stalling. I didn't like this book. It was disjointed and almost juvenile. I wasn't invested in any of the characters. (I actually wanted to give a good shake to a certain naive someone.) So, I am pretty bummed. This is the start of a new series! Set in Alaska! I LOVE Alaska as a backdrop in a book! So many reasons to be disappointed that this one just didn't work for me. It's almost like Christina Dodd regressed in talent with the writing here, too. The dialogue was stilted, strangely formal, and unnatural. The whole thing just left me shaking my head. I never mind suspending my disbelief, to a certain extent. I had to go waaaayyyy out on a really thin and shaky limb here, though. It just never really came together for me. But then I saw a short story related to this new series, called Right Motive, and I was curious. I basically gobbled it up, and it was out there, a little weird, but I LOVED IT! What is happening? I don't understand. So, maybe I am in fact the outlier who didn't enjoy Wrong Alibi. I certainly don't like to discourage other readers, and I don't give up on an author because of a less than stellar showing. What can I say? I'm a woman of many layers, just like an onion. Okay, I'll see myself out, now. 2 stars *I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to Harlequin and Netgalley.*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Hmmmm... I rarely read a book as soon as I get it. I've read the synopsis (maybe) and then set it aside while I continually struggle (i.e.fail) to keep up with my TBR. So when I finally get to a read, I rarely reread the synopsis. If I have it, I clearly wanted to read it so.... I go in without knowing what I'm gonna find and I LOVE it. SURPRISE! For SOME reason, after the first few chapters, I decided to flip the script and read the synopsis. I really wish I hadn't because it basically tells yo Hmmmm... I rarely read a book as soon as I get it. I've read the synopsis (maybe) and then set it aside while I continually struggle (i.e.fail) to keep up with my TBR. So when I finally get to a read, I rarely reread the synopsis. If I have it, I clearly wanted to read it so.... I go in without knowing what I'm gonna find and I LOVE it. SURPRISE! For SOME reason, after the first few chapters, I decided to flip the script and read the synopsis. I really wish I hadn't because it basically tells you the entire story and you're pretty sure you know how it's going to end. LE SIGH. Now, it's true that sometimes it's about the journey but I wish the synopsis had been a bit more vague. I think it would've made my reading experience that more enjoyable. HOWEVER, I really was addicted from the get go and was fully invested in Evie. There's a lot going on in this read. I appreciate the more plot-driven aspect of this... especially as a first-in-a-series. And we get a bit of a fast forwarded look of Evie's past up to where the first chapter brings us... ish. I know I'm not making much sense here but I hope you're picking up what I'm laying down. Even when things seemed a bit wonky, I didn't care because I appreciated all the action and was rooting for Evie the entire way. She has been through the ringer and I applaud her coming out the other end. Maybe now that I know Evie, I can relax into the storyline at whatever pace it is for book two... because yes, I'm going to need to see what happens. And I'm especially curious because this doesn't leave a cliffhanger (thankfully) so there's curiosity about which direction Dodd will take us with these characters. I liked meeting Zone but if I'm honest, my favorite character is Jeen Lee. ❤ 3.5 stars rounding up.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is the beginning of The Alaskan Mystery series. I was eagerly anticipating reading this new suspense novel and I was not disappointed. The characters are multifaceted, and the plot is complex. Evelyn “Petie” Jones gets a chance to start over after serving time in a juvenile facility. She is eighteen with limited options. Evelyn is offered a job in Alaska and she takes it upon the advice of her counselor. Unfortunately, Evelyn trusts the wrong person and ends up accu Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is the beginning of The Alaskan Mystery series. I was eagerly anticipating reading this new suspense novel and I was not disappointed. The characters are multifaceted, and the plot is complex. Evelyn “Petie” Jones gets a chance to start over after serving time in a juvenile facility. She is eighteen with limited options. Evelyn is offered a job in Alaska and she takes it upon the advice of her counselor. Unfortunately, Evelyn trusts the wrong person and ends up accused of a double homicide along with embezzlement. Evelyn is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. A freak of nature allows Evelyn to escape and hide as Petie. She will never be free, though, until she finds the man who set her up and prove he committed the evil deeds she has been convicted of committing. Wrong Alibi is a captivating story. It is a page turner that is full of twists, turns, and surprises. I loved the intricate mystery as well as the action and tension. This was a fun whodunit. There are a variety of unique characters and I enjoyed the hint of paranormal. I am eager to read the next book in this exciting new series. Wrong Alibi is an stimulating story with a cunning con man, a unscrupulous sheriff, a deadly adversary, a cold climate, and a wrong woman.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    I understand that this book is getting very favorable reviews, so I regret to say that I was less than impressed with this novel. I could not wrap my head around how far I had to suspend my disbelief. It was not comfortable for me my friends. Then there were issues with what name to call Evie/Petie. In one chapter she was being called both by the same character... I felt the ending to be a tad lame but at least it was exciting. And for goodness sake, MUST we find the most stupid names to call the c I understand that this book is getting very favorable reviews, so I regret to say that I was less than impressed with this novel. I could not wrap my head around how far I had to suspend my disbelief. It was not comfortable for me my friends. Then there were issues with what name to call Evie/Petie. In one chapter she was being called both by the same character... I felt the ending to be a tad lame but at least it was exciting. And for goodness sake, MUST we find the most stupid names to call the characters??? I mean what kind of name is Zone unless you are a musician? And why did we even need a sex scene and then-budding romance between him and Evie/Petie? No, I was not enamored with this book- but it did hold my attention enough for me to finish it. *ARC supplied by the publisher and author.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margo Kelly

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! The opening pages hooked me right away, and I started reading faster to find out what was going to happen. I loved the setting of Alaska. There were only a couple of things that bothered me. There were a lot of switches in the points-of-view, and . . . [SPOILER] . . . the sex between Zone and Petie was hard to buy into. Other than that, I LOVED this book!! The author masterfully brought all the pieces together for a very satisfying resolution. Some of my favorite lines from the st I LOVED THIS BOOK! The opening pages hooked me right away, and I started reading faster to find out what was going to happen. I loved the setting of Alaska. There were only a couple of things that bothered me. There were a lot of switches in the points-of-view, and . . . [SPOILER] . . . the sex between Zone and Petie was hard to buy into. Other than that, I LOVED this book!! The author masterfully brought all the pieces together for a very satisfying resolution. Some of my favorite lines from the story: "Outside, the storm roared. Inside, cold swallowed the heat with a greedy appetite." "So much better than her last job, the one that led to her conviction for a gruesome double murder." [I received an early copy of the book for free from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed: September 13, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? I requested and received a temporary digital Advan Date reviewed: September 13, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. And it is way too hot to go outside, so why not sit in from of the blasting a/c and read and review books?? I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. From New York Times' bestselling author Christina Dodd comes an all-new thriller featuring a bold and brash female protagonist, a brutal and twisty murder that will have readers turning the pages and a villain that will have them keeping the lights on at night. The WRONG ALIBI is perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter, and Sandra Brown. WRONG JOB Eighteen-year-old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small-town Alaska, working for a man in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when Donald White disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement—and brutal double murder. Her protestations of innocence count for nothing. Convicted, she faces life in prison…until fate sends her on the run. WRONG NAME Evie's escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on justice, intent on recovering her life, she searches for the killer who slaughters without remorse. WRONG ALIBI At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evie emerges from hiding; the fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces at work. Now Evelyn must untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands: the blood of her own family… Oooooh what a ballsy woman --- I utterly adored Evie, scars and all, and this book was just GRIPPING. A tight, tense plot and a great premise for a novel. This is going to be an "IOU A Christmas/Hannukah gift" kind of book (it comes out Dec 29th) as there are a lot of people in my family and circle of friends who would love it. Excellently written - be prepared to sit down and never letting go of it until you are done! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🧁🧁🧁🧁🧁

  25. 5 out of 5

    McYang

    This was a great beach/weekend read. It has all the elements of a popcorn crime fiction complete with a mysterious and truly creepy criminal, vengeance, daring escapes, bleak locations, mysterious benefactors, and just the right amount of hope for the main character. I will be recommending this to patrons looking for a well written, fast paced crime read on vacation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A wrongly accused woman, a serial killer con artist, and the strange alaskan town. The story revolves around a woman who is currently living under a different identity as she is presumed dead and falsely accused for a double murder she did not commit. Now she is biding her time and waiting to find the con man and killer who destroyed her life, and when she does, things are not as it seem. The clock is ticking before he prepares to disappear again and she finds her family at risk. All the while, A wrongly accused woman, a serial killer con artist, and the strange alaskan town. The story revolves around a woman who is currently living under a different identity as she is presumed dead and falsely accused for a double murder she did not commit. Now she is biding her time and waiting to find the con man and killer who destroyed her life, and when she does, things are not as it seem. The clock is ticking before he prepares to disappear again and she finds her family at risk. All the while, the husband of the mother and child who were killed, is trying to hunt her down as he keeps receiving anonymous information saying that she killed his family and she is still alive. Time is running out and the hunter is being hunted. I found the story to be quite interesting and was hooked until the end. There was a romance story intwined and I was not expecting it at all but I didn’t mind it so much. I was moreso invested in the cat and mouse game between the killer and the protagonist. The story jumps from various peoples’ povs and that was a nice touch to the story. The story wraps up nicely and I liked the overall ending. *Thanks Netgalley and HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) for sendign me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  27. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Wrong Alibi is a brilliantly written story of revenge for 2 characters within the story! Our main character, Petie, had a backstory that made me cry more than I wanted to admit. There are times she was just done with life, but she pulls herself together and pushes on. Honestly, I had a bit of hero worship towards her and her ability to persevere. The mystery in the story isn't who is the bad guy, but rather, how will Petie find, confront, and kill him. Also, will she even be able to go back Wrong Alibi is a brilliantly written story of revenge for 2 characters within the story! Our main character, Petie, had a backstory that made me cry more than I wanted to admit. There are times she was just done with life, but she pulls herself together and pushes on. Honestly, I had a bit of hero worship towards her and her ability to persevere. The mystery in the story isn't who is the bad guy, but rather, how will Petie find, confront, and kill him. Also, will she even be able to go back to her life if she does find him? There are plenty of interesting side characters who are intriguing, both in who they are and why they behave the way they do. This made all the characters feel much more dynamic than just a plot tool. One thing I have always appreciated about Dodd's writing is her ability to make every character, even ones that seem minor, effective. So, I was really thinking this was going to be a grand slam of a book, but the end felt rushed. So much happened in the last 15%! I would have liked a bit more time spent on this huge conclusion to Petie's story! Even with this minor issue, I loved Wrong Alibi. It gave me all the Virtue Falls vibes and reminded me why I think Dodd is exceptional. I will say that while there is a "romance", I am hesitant to call this romantic suspense. Wrong Alibi is a mystery/suspense that happens to have a heroine who finds love. She doesn't even meet him until the last 20% of the story! So, not a straight romance and I still loved it!     POV: 3rd   Tears: yes   Trope: secret identity, revenge   Triggers: (view spoiler)[murder of a child, sexual abuse (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: stand alone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter, Say No More by Karen Rose...then you will probably like Wrong Alibi!   Wrong Alibi   See full review on The Book Disciple

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elliot A

    Thank you to the publisher, HQN Books, for providing me with an ARC of Wrong Alibi in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist It was news to me that between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day there are only 6 days, which means that I almost missed my deadline of writing the review of Wrong Alibi. In all seriousness, I have always struggled with the days between Christmas and New Years, thinking there are weeks, not days, between those two holidays. Needless to say, my organiza Thank you to the publisher, HQN Books, for providing me with an ARC of Wrong Alibi in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The Gist It was news to me that between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day there are only 6 days, which means that I almost missed my deadline of writing the review of Wrong Alibi. In all seriousness, I have always struggled with the days between Christmas and New Years, thinking there are weeks, not days, between those two holidays. Needless to say, my organization got a little chaotic and I ended up reading most of Wrong Alibi in one day. No complaint on my part, since I really enjoyed the story. The Details Although I read most of the story in one day, I started it days earlier and my first impression told that this was going to be a good one. What I noticed right away was the author’s primary focus on the characters and less so on the setting. Yet, the location of the story speaks volumes for itself. There wasn’t much time spent on describing the vast wilderness, or poetic descriptions of the Alaska landscape. There was just enough to get the point across on where the characters are supposed to be. The characters, main or secondary, are as vivid as one can only hope them to be. They became live-like as I got more and more invested in the story. When I took a short break from reading, I felt I had to go back to see how they were doing. That’s how attached I had gotten. The protagonist is far from perfect and a few times I found myself cringing as I witnessed her decisions become actions. But this made her all the more real. She became relatable and I sympathised with her. She makes mistakes, but her intentions are honest. The plot was straight forward with a few good twists that kept me hooked until the very end. And still leaves me wondering what happened to the characters I got to know so well over the last day. The writing made this story what it is: a quick, entertaining, engaging and even heartfelt story that is difficult to put down. I appreciated the author’s skill of keeping the story on track and not getting lost in meaningless red herrings, descriptions of the sky or unnecessary and ridiculous female empowerment anecdotes. The Verdict Overall, I would not have been able to read the majority of this book in one day, if it had been anything less than as engaging as it was. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery/thriller/suspense story. ElliotScribbles

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is a highly recommended novel of suspense. Evelyn (Evie) Jones, eighteen, has accepted a job as a bookkeeper with Donald White in Rockin, Alaska. She is coming right out of a juvenile detention facility and is determine to make this job work for her sake and with hopes of maybe being reconnected with her mother and sister who now live in Rockin. She follows Donald White's instructions and his seemingly odd behavior right up until he disappears and leaves her to face Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd is a highly recommended novel of suspense. Evelyn (Evie) Jones, eighteen, has accepted a job as a bookkeeper with Donald White in Rockin, Alaska. She is coming right out of a juvenile detention facility and is determine to make this job work for her sake and with hopes of maybe being reconnected with her mother and sister who now live in Rockin. She follows Donald White's instructions and his seemingly odd behavior right up until he disappears and leaves her to face charges of a double murder, theft, and embezzlement. Convicted, she faces life in prison when an accident miraculously results in her escape and fate allows her to start again. For ten years Evie has lived as Petie at Midnight Sun Fishing Camp, a remote wilderness camp. She eventually becomes the manager, but she has never given up on finding the man who called himself Donald White and making him pay for her conviction for his crimes and for her years of hiding. When she discovers he has returned to Alaska, she is ready to take him on. There is no question that Wrong Alibi is a page-turner and will hold your complete attention right to the end. It's also true that many readers will be questioning some of the plot elements which require a suspension of disbelief along with enduring some rough transitions. There were a couple turning points in the narrative that really went a bit too far off track from the plot and actually detracted from it. But the action rolls along swiftly, either smooth or bumpy, and the twists along the way were interesting. I liked the novel quite a bit but I can't say it was one of the best written novels of suspense. The ending brought an element of surprise to the plot, although it was not entirely believable. The characters while interesting were not fully fleshed out as individuals and several of them felt more like a "type" of character, or a caricature, rather than an actual human. Several characters never felt real for a moment. You know who is bad, who is good, who is dangerous, who is charming and the players never really stray from their assigned roles. Then again at time Petie/Evie was, truthfully, making quite stupid mistakes. But, even as I point out all these flaws in the writing and the plot, I did keep reading it and felt satisfied when I finished the novel. I guess sometimes you just need to read a novel for sheer escapism and Wrong Alibi will certainly satisfy that need. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Harlequin http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/1...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    So we have Petie which is the alias for Evelyn Jones who was framed and convicted of the murder of Michele Jameson and her son Timmy when she was eighteen years old and living in Alaska. While she was being transferred to the prison the bus got hit by a mudslide and everyone on board died but her. She was badly injured but she removed her prison clothes before she was rescued and taken to the hospital. They though she was the bus driver since with her injuries nobody could identify her. After sh So we have Petie which is the alias for Evelyn Jones who was framed and convicted of the murder of Michele Jameson and her son Timmy when she was eighteen years old and living in Alaska. While she was being transferred to the prison the bus got hit by a mudslide and everyone on board died but her. She was badly injured but she removed her prison clothes before she was rescued and taken to the hospital. They though she was the bus driver since with her injuries nobody could identify her. After she is all healed up she escapes from the hospital before anyone realizes that she isn’t who they think she is. She goes to work at the Midnight Sun Fishing Camp in Alaska whose boss doesn’t ask a lot of questions about workers without SSN or ID and which caters to big companies who use it for company retreats and affluent people. There is a chapter or two which is used for a flashback that goes over what happened before she was arrested. So Petie as she is known now has been working at the fishing camp for 10 years while also working to find people and artifacts that go missing. She has also been looking for Donald White who is the man who framed her this whole time as well. She finally finds him and ends ups going to make sure it is really him and get him arrested by the authorities. Meanwhile we get to know Zone Jameson who is the husband of the wife and child she was supposed to have murdered. He is an antiquities expert and he was captured in a hostile country and held for ransom while his family was murdered. He rescues himself and finally gets home a year after everything went down with a burning hatred for Evelyn even though everyone thinks she dead. They meet up again when Petie goes back to the Rockin, Alaska where the crime took place and Zone gets an anonymous txt with Peties location which leads him to the fishing camp and then her boss tells him where she is now since she had left to go find the killer and gets him booked into the room next door to hers in Rockin. Zone confronts her and she convinces him that she was innocent and tells him about the real murderer who is in town and she knows who he is and so does he. All in all this was a pretty interesting story and a really good read while I don’t usually like a lot of flashbacks in a story the ones here worked well and really fleshed out what you needed to know about what Evelyn went through and also what Zone went through while held for ransom. This was predominantly a mystery and I really enjoyed it and there is a just a smattering of romance which is in the last ¼ of the book. Thanks to HQN and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

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