The Big Thrill Discusses SHADOWS AT DUSK with Elizabeth Goddard
Montana Detective Trevor West is desperate to learn what happened to his sister, who went missing in Alaska over a year ago, leaving nothing but a few photographs as clues to her whereabouts. At the advice of Police Chief Autumn Long, Trevor enlists the help of an experienced bush pilot. If Carrie James can’t help him find the places in the photographs, no one can.
But Carrie has her own agenda. Grieving the death of her closest friend and the only person she could trust, Carrie will help Trevor find his sister on one condition—that he help her track down her friend’s killer.
As the two close in on the answers they crave, they’ll face dangers and connections they could not have imagined. They’ll have to learn to trust one another—and face the dark secrets of the past—if they are ever to discover the truth and bring a killer to justice.
Elizabeth Goddard recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest romantic suspense thriller, SHADOWS AT DUSK.
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?
I knew that SHADOWS AT DUSK, book two in my Missing in Alaska series, would involve bush pilot Carrie James, who was introduced in Cold Light of Day. But I didn’t know the story until I had the first scene and it just kind of came to me, dropped into my head. I think that happens for a lot of writers. I got an image of Carrie being pushed out of an in-flight cargo plane, and then I took it from there.
When you first created your protagonist for this book, did you see an empty space in crime lit that you wanted to fill? What can you share about the inspiration for that character?
I had listened to the Missing in Alaska podcast and drew inspiration for my entire series from the podcast. There are so many ways a person goes missing—deliberately or unintentionally—but especially in Alaska with its harsh terrain, brutal weather and dangerous wildlife. With Trevor West’s character, I took this opportunity to explore what it would be like to search for a missing person in Alaska with only a few clues in hand.
What can you share about what you’re working on next?
I recently turned in Missing in Alaska book 3, Hidden in the Night, and will soon begin writing the first book in a brand-new series set on the Washington coast and centered around a storm-watching lodge that will include mysterious characters and of course, action and adventure!
Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 50 novels, including Cold Light of Day and the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Carol Award and Reader’s Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry.
To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.
Shadows at Dusk with Elizabeth Goddard