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A gripping new mystery from the “fresh new voice in the thriller genre” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author) and author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park—for fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr. In the darkening days of autumn, in a remote region near the Canadian border, a journalist has been murdered. Anne Mari A gripping new mystery from the “fresh new voice in the thriller genre” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author) and author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park—for fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr. In the darkening days of autumn, in a remote region near the Canadian border, a journalist has been murdered. Anne Marie Johnson was last seen with Reeve Landon, whose chocolate Labrador was part of an article she had been writing about a scientific canine research program. Now Landon is the prime suspect. Intensely private and paranoid, in a panic that he'll be wrongfully arrested, he ventures deep into in the woods. Even as he evades the detective, Landon secretly feels the whole thing is somehow deserved, a karmic punishment for a horrifying crime he committed as a young boy. While Montana FBI investigator Ali Paige is not officially assigned to the case, Landon—an ex-boyfriend and the father of her child—needs help. Ali has only one objective for snooping around the edges of an investigation she’s not authorized to pursue: to save her daughter the shame of having a father in jail and the pain of abandonment she endured as a child. As the clock ticks and the noose tightens around Landon's neck, Ali isn’t sure how far she will go to find out the truth. And what if the truth is not something she wants to know? A Sharp Solitude is a study of two flawed characters, bonded by a child, trying to make their way in an extraordinary place where escape seems possible. But no one can ever really outrun their demons, even in the vast terrain of Glacier, the ultimate backdrop for a journey of the soul.


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A gripping new mystery from the “fresh new voice in the thriller genre” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author) and author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park—for fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr. In the darkening days of autumn, in a remote region near the Canadian border, a journalist has been murdered. Anne Mari A gripping new mystery from the “fresh new voice in the thriller genre” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author) and author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park—for fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr. In the darkening days of autumn, in a remote region near the Canadian border, a journalist has been murdered. Anne Marie Johnson was last seen with Reeve Landon, whose chocolate Labrador was part of an article she had been writing about a scientific canine research program. Now Landon is the prime suspect. Intensely private and paranoid, in a panic that he'll be wrongfully arrested, he ventures deep into in the woods. Even as he evades the detective, Landon secretly feels the whole thing is somehow deserved, a karmic punishment for a horrifying crime he committed as a young boy. While Montana FBI investigator Ali Paige is not officially assigned to the case, Landon—an ex-boyfriend and the father of her child—needs help. Ali has only one objective for snooping around the edges of an investigation she’s not authorized to pursue: to save her daughter the shame of having a father in jail and the pain of abandonment she endured as a child. As the clock ticks and the noose tightens around Landon's neck, Ali isn’t sure how far she will go to find out the truth. And what if the truth is not something she wants to know? A Sharp Solitude is a study of two flawed characters, bonded by a child, trying to make their way in an extraordinary place where escape seems possible. But no one can ever really outrun their demons, even in the vast terrain of Glacier, the ultimate backdrop for a journey of the soul.

30 review for A Sharp Solitude (Glacier Mystery #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    A Sharp Solitude is Christine Carbo’s fourth novel. All of the books have been set in and around Glacier National Park in the northwest corner of Montana, and to my mind, this one is her best yet. The book opens in Florida with a tragedy that would forever scar the life of Reeve Landon, who is one of the two main protagonists in the novel. Reeve ultimately winds up in Montana, working in the wilderness with his chocolate lab, McKay, for the University of Montana’s detection-canine research progra A Sharp Solitude is Christine Carbo’s fourth novel. All of the books have been set in and around Glacier National Park in the northwest corner of Montana, and to my mind, this one is her best yet. The book opens in Florida with a tragedy that would forever scar the life of Reeve Landon, who is one of the two main protagonists in the novel. Reeve ultimately winds up in Montana, working in the wilderness with his chocolate lab, McKay, for the University of Montana’s detection-canine research program. Essentially, McKay sniffs out the scat of bears and other wild creatures. Reeve then bags it up, labels it, and sends it to be analyzed by researchers who will extract the animals’ DNA and thus expand their knowledge of the wildlife living in the area. Reeve lives alone with McKay in an isolated cabin and prefers the company of his dog to most people. The exception is his young daughter, Emily, who lives most of the time with her mother in Kalispell, a few miles away. Reeve and Emily’s mother were together only briefly, but they both love the little girl and share custody. Out in the woods, Reeve and McKay almost always work alone, which is exactly what Reeve prefers. But late one fall, Reeve’s boss persuades him to allow a journalist named Anne Marie Johnson to accompany him and McKay. Anne Marie is writing an article for a magazine on the university’s detection-canine research program, and Reeve’s boss convinces him that the publicity would be good for the program. Anne Marie spends a long day with Reeve and McKay, working through very difficult, mountainous terrain. Hours later, she turns up shot to death. Reeve was the last person to be seen with her and the local police bring him in for questioning. It’s apparent early on that they have convinced themselves that Reeve is guilty of Anne Marie’s murder. Enter FBI agent Ali Paige, who claims an interest in the case because the murder happened close to Glacier National Park, which would have put the case in the FBI’s jurisdiction. More to the point, although most people don’t know it, she is Reeve Landon’s former girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. Like Reeve, Ali had a troubled past. She believes that Reeve could not be guilty of murder and, naturally, she does not want Emily to lose her father and to be branded as the daughter of a killer. In consequence, Ali begins working the case, even though she has no real jurisdiction and no authorization, and even though doing so could have grave consequences for her career. Carbo excels at creating a sense of place. As these characters make their way along, the reader feels as though he or she is moving side by side along with them in this rugged, beautiful, and often treacherous environment. The scenes with Reeve out in the wilderness are alone worth the price of the book and will resonate especially with anyone who has been lucky enough to visit this part of the country. The author is also very good at writing damaged characters, and both Reeve and Ali are expertly drawn. The story is told in alternating chapters first from one point of view and then the other, and by the time the book is over the reader knows these characters intimately. The story moves briskly and becomes increasingly gripping, so that by the end of the novel, the tension has built to a fever pitch and it’s virtually impossible to put it down. Readers who haven’t yet discovered this series are in for a treat, and A Sharp Solitude would be an excellent place to start. 4.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    This is the first book that I have read in this series, and I enjoyed it. The book appealed to me because we frequent national parks when we vacation. The plot was interesting, and the resolution a bit of a pleasant surprise. I was not a huge fan of Ali’s old boyfriend (and father of her child), but that did not ruin the book for me. I love CJ Box’s Joe Pickett series in which Box incorporates issues related to Joe’s job as a game warden. I was hoping this series was going to be similar; however, This is the first book that I have read in this series, and I enjoyed it. The book appealed to me because we frequent national parks when we vacation. The plot was interesting, and the resolution a bit of a pleasant surprise. I was not a huge fan of Ali’s old boyfriend (and father of her child), but that did not ruin the book for me. I love CJ Box’s Joe Pickett series in which Box incorporates issues related to Joe’s job as a game warden. I was hoping this series was going to be similar; however, Carbo’s book focuses more on the characters and their lives and less on Glacier National Park and issues arising there. Previous books may incorporate the setting more; that certainly would be a big selling point for me in future installments. I received this book to read and review; all opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I absolutely love suspense novels that have an outdoors theme. This is the first book by Christine Carbo that I have read....and OMG....I have to read this entire series! I loved this book! Reeve Landon works in Glacier National Park with his dog, McKay, as part of a canine research program. McKay sniffs out wildlife scat...Reeve bags it up....and researchers analyze it to gain insight about the wildlife in the park. Landon works alone most of the time, and likes it that way. Then his boss requi I absolutely love suspense novels that have an outdoors theme. This is the first book by Christine Carbo that I have read....and OMG....I have to read this entire series! I loved this book! Reeve Landon works in Glacier National Park with his dog, McKay, as part of a canine research program. McKay sniffs out wildlife scat...Reeve bags it up....and researchers analyze it to gain insight about the wildlife in the park. Landon works alone most of the time, and likes it that way. Then his boss requires him to let a journalist tag along. Anne is writing a story about the canine detection program. Landon reluctantly agrees to the interview, and Anne accompanies him out into the difficult terrain of the park. The journalist is mysteriously shot to death, and Reeve Landon finds himself the main murder suspect. His ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter is an FBI agent. Ali knows that Landon is not a murderer and although she has no jurisdiction in the case, she begins to investigate to clear his name. The chapters alternate point of view, adding dimension to the plot and developing the characters expertly. I enjoyed this book because both main characters are strong, but deeply flawed. As the story develops, a true picture of their lives, former relationship and characters form alongside the murder investigation. The plot moves at a perfect pace clear up to the twist at the end. And the backdrop of Glacier National Park is superb! This book kept my attention from beginning to end. It is well-written and maintained suspense until the very end. Very enjoyable read!! I have already backtracked and bought a copy of the first book in this series, The Wild Inside. There are now four books in the series. I will be caught up and ready by the time the next book comes out! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Mensing

    The dangers of the wilderness play a role in this novel, but they don't take center stage. Instead, the book focuses on two damaged transplants to Montana, FBI agent Ali Page and the father of her child, Reeve Landon. Both are reclusive, sharing their personal lives with no one and having found their solitude impossible to share even with each other. Thus, when Reeve ends up as a suspect in a murder case, he is less than forthcoming with the police, eventually disappearing into the vast unpopula The dangers of the wilderness play a role in this novel, but they don't take center stage. Instead, the book focuses on two damaged transplants to Montana, FBI agent Ali Page and the father of her child, Reeve Landon. Both are reclusive, sharing their personal lives with no one and having found their solitude impossible to share even with each other. Thus, when Reeve ends up as a suspect in a murder case, he is less than forthcoming with the police, eventually disappearing into the vast unpopulated forest. For her part, Ali, believing in Reeve's innocence, becomes a rogue investigator including no one in her inquiries until it's almost too late. This book is something of a departure for Carbo’s series, in that it strays away from Glacier National Park and from a focus on the outdoors that has the wilderness almost playing the role of a character in her previous books. Here, the focus is on the psychology of the characters. Ali grew up in a dysfunctional family, and Reeve accidentally shot his best friend when he was nine years old. Both of them deal with resultant doubts in their professional and personal lives, and their interactions with others are colored by these early experiences. The book progresses through alternating chapters told from Ali’s and Reeve’s perspectives, and from the past and present, and this keeps the reader engaged and anxious to follow the plot lines as they converge. In keeping with the nature of a psychological mystery, even the secondary characters are well developed. In the end, Carbo provides the reader with a twist while not letting either Ali nor Reeve escape the consequences of their actions. The last quarter of the book is un-put-downable. Thank you to netgalley for providing this book for review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stevens

    Ali Paige and Reeve Landon have one key thing in common. “We both seemed to be followed by a certain darkness like a stray dog you can’t convince to go away. It was as if we were always reminding each other that people never completely rid themselves of lonesomeness even in the company of a partner,” Ali tells us in A Sharp Solitude, the fourth entry in Christine Carbo’s Glacier Mystery Series. Both Ali and Reeve, in fact, are haunted by that “certain darkness” and that is among the reasons they a Ali Paige and Reeve Landon have one key thing in common. “We both seemed to be followed by a certain darkness like a stray dog you can’t convince to go away. It was as if we were always reminding each other that people never completely rid themselves of lonesomeness even in the company of a partner,” Ali tells us in A Sharp Solitude, the fourth entry in Christine Carbo’s Glacier Mystery Series. Both Ali and Reeve, in fact, are haunted by that “certain darkness” and that is among the reasons they are no longer together. Ali is an FBI investigator. Reeve, father of Ali’s child, works for the University of Montana’s detection-canine program. He’s most comfortable in the woods, alone, doing conservation and biological research. Reeve, we learn immediately, accidentally shot a friend when he was nine years old. Ali’s “certain darkness” is less tied to a specific moment in time and more from being witness to general family dysfunction and a violent father when she was young. Reeve and Ali’s relationship is amicable, but no longer romantic. They are alone together. Their orbits rarely cross except to manage logistics around visits with the daughter, Emily. But after reporter Anne Marie Johnson turns up dead outside a cabin she’s borrowing and since her murder follows a day that she spent with Reeve, watching him work with his energetic dog McKay, Reeve is quickly arrested. His only alibi is a furry chocolate lab. So who is he going to call? Ali is keenly aware of the nature of Reeve’s “certain darkness” but she also knows he’s no killer—no matter the circumstantial evidence that points one big finger of guilt at her ex. As a seasoned FBI investigator, Ali also knows that her previous entanglement with Reeve means an obvious conflict of interest and she knows she needs to keep her mitts off the case. Very few people in Ali’s circles are even aware that Reeve is Emily’s father. But Ali also knows the power of false accusations and, well, she can’t help herself. And if she just helps out a little, tries to steer things the right way and ask a few gentle questions, what’s the harm? This tension between Ali’s natural investigative instincts and her yearning need to “help” lend this novel a special flavor, especially after her status is exposed. A Sharp Solitude is the latest in Carbo’s character-driven series and, as with the previous three, she has a new character on center stage. Ali Paige was a minor character in No. 3, The Weight of Night, while Gretchen Larson and Monty Harris (the stars of No. 3) are relegated to brief cameos here (and readers of the full series enjoy a smile when they appear). Yes, character-driven. But do not for a second take that as code for “slow.” Thoughtful? Yes. Rich? Yes. Slow? Hardly. Carbo flashes through quick, punchy chapters with a neat structure—alternating first-person points of view that stagger back and forth in time. We start in the present, a Thursday, with Ali and then go to “The Day Before” with Reeve. Back and forth we go until Reeve catches up to Thursday and then we get another glimpse of Wednesday and Ali lurches ahead to Friday and finally Reeve catches up as well. Carbo plays absolutely fair with the reader—you never feel cheated and over-manipulated (in fact, not at all). It’s quite the plotting feat and gives A Sharp Solitude a feeling of looming dread. The whole book takes place in a week. Like the others before it, A Sharp Solitude is always about much more than the surface issues. The surface is a starting point. The investigation is nifty, the clues are fresh, and the final solution plays right to key themes of solitude, loneliness, and self-awareness (a common denominator for all of Carbo’s troubled characters). Reeve and Ali are distinct humans with their own, specific woes. But each draws strength from the great outdoors. “I can feel the timelessness out here,” thinks Reeve, “the sense of eternity mocking me, pointing out my futile efforts to move through it each day, all day, to gather DNA, to survive myself. It’s a terrible feeling, as if the massive, unforgiving wild is snickering at my uselessness.” Even in the wild, when you can climb up to a high peak and see for hundreds of miles, it’s possible to overlook something right at your feet. A Sharp Solitude is another stellar entry in a series rich with layers and an ever-expanding ensemble of memorable characters. Given the vast landscape and the endless variety of troubled individuals to write about, we can only hope that Christine Carbo has a long, long way to go with this compelling series. ++ By the way, an interview with Christine on my blog: https://markhstevens.wordpress.com/20...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    FBI investigator Ali Paige knows better than to investigate a case not assigned to her–especially, since the suspect is Landon, her daughter’s father. And yet, she can’t stop herself. She’s quickly lying to her partner and doing seriously questionable things in order to prove the investigation is focusing on the wrong person. Told in alternating POV between Ali and Landon, you get to watch Ali try to prove his innocence while slowly watching Landon’s life up until the photographer he was accused FBI investigator Ali Paige knows better than to investigate a case not assigned to her–especially, since the suspect is Landon, her daughter’s father. And yet, she can’t stop herself. She’s quickly lying to her partner and doing seriously questionable things in order to prove the investigation is focusing on the wrong person. Told in alternating POV between Ali and Landon, you get to watch Ali try to prove his innocence while slowly watching Landon’s life up until the photographer he was accused of murdering is killed. I really love procedurals like this that give you a good look into a case but also the personal lives of the characters–especially when there is an interesting job involved like Landon’s, who uses a dog for finding animal scat in the woods for scientific research. (The series is linked only by setting so it reads as a standalone.) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: http://link.bookriot.com/view/56a8200...

  7. 5 out of 5

    The Real Book Spy

    Read this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com Ever since he was nine years old, Reeve Landon has been haunted by an accident that resulted in the death of his best friend. Struggling to form relationships, Reeve wasn’t even able to stay committed to FBI agent Ali Paige, with whom he shares a daughter named Emily. When readers meet Reeve, he’s wandering around Montana’s Glacier National Park, taking in the beautiful autumn scenery alongside his beloved Labrador, McKay, who helps him track an Read this review and more at www.TheRealBookSpy.com Ever since he was nine years old, Reeve Landon has been haunted by an accident that resulted in the death of his best friend. Struggling to form relationships, Reeve wasn’t even able to stay committed to FBI agent Ali Paige, with whom he shares a daughter named Emily. When readers meet Reeve, he’s wandering around Montana’s Glacier National Park, taking in the beautiful autumn scenery alongside his beloved Labrador, McKay, who helps him track animal scat. It’s not necessarily his dream job, but it’s a job nonetheless, and, all things considered, Reeve has come a long way from his troubled youth. When Anne Marie Johnson, an investigative reporter, shows up to shadow Reeve and McKay for a piece she’s working on, Landon is initially apprehensive. Things worsen when the attractive Anne Marie begins asking questions that have little to do with Reeve’s current job and more to do with the incident from when he was nine — a subject he has no desire to talk about. The story takes a turn when. . . Continue reading: https://therealbookspy.com/2018/05/15...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Set against the breathtaking beauty of Montana with Glacier National Park as a fitting background, Christine Carbo does it again with this gripping, surprising mystery with flawed characters dealing with their own demons and past transgressions. This one will keep you guessing until the very end with a twist that you won’t see coming.. Highly recommended!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeannine

    A Sharp Solitude is a very introspective thriller, following the inner life and reasoning of its two main characters. When a journalist is found murdered near Glacier Park, detectives naturally look at all the people she spent time with there. When FBI agent Ali Paige discovers the father of her daughter is being questioned as the possible last person to see the journalist alive, she "checks out" the investigation to see if he or someone else will be charged without telling anyone of her connect A Sharp Solitude is a very introspective thriller, following the inner life and reasoning of its two main characters. When a journalist is found murdered near Glacier Park, detectives naturally look at all the people she spent time with there. When FBI agent Ali Paige discovers the father of her daughter is being questioned as the possible last person to see the journalist alive, she "checks out" the investigation to see if he or someone else will be charged without telling anyone of her connection. When Reeve Landon, her daughter's father, is brought in for questioning, he gets angry with the detectives attitude towards him, and does not give the whole story. The bulk of the book is of the two of them digging their holes deeper and deeper (and why) which I found extremely annoying. Both knew better but once they headed down that road, there was no turning back. Will Ali find the real killer before she loses her career, and Reeve his freedom? Will Reeve head into the wilderness for Canada or face the music? Who did kill the journalist and why. A good mystery viewed from the minds of the two main characters. What I found as annoying will just add to the suspense for other readers. So much exposition of the characters' mindset, even though it added depth to the characters and events, still slowed the story down in places. A good read, recommended. My copy was an arc from NetGalley

  10. 4 out of 5

    K

    3 1/2 stars. The plot was sufficiently complex, complete with an unexpected twist. However, the two main protagonists were so neurotic that they became unsympathetic. It’s difficult to accept Ali Page, an FBI agent, permitting her own deep-seated psychological issues to so cloud her judgment that she continually interferes with an ongoing investigation, despite her recognition of said interference. Of course, her activities will ultimately help solve the case. Likewise, the other main character, 3 1/2 stars. The plot was sufficiently complex, complete with an unexpected twist. However, the two main protagonists were so neurotic that they became unsympathetic. It’s difficult to accept Ali Page, an FBI agent, permitting her own deep-seated psychological issues to so cloud her judgment that she continually interferes with an ongoing investigation, despite her recognition of said interference. Of course, her activities will ultimately help solve the case. Likewise, the other main character, Reeve Landon, is a man running from his past, and is so flawed that he permits himself to become the primary suspect when simply telling the truth would have likely exonerated him. It just feels wrong. That these two are meant for each other is clearly the author’s intention, as they both are loners that would rather push others away than risk a close relationship. Nevertheless, the outcome and ending seem rather inevitable and predictable. The plotline is an interesting one, and the connection between Reeve and his dog is touching. Unfortunately, the relationship that Ali has with her young daughter is basically annoying and really somewhat superfluous to the story. This is a well written book and the Carbo has certainly captured some of the wilderness and solitude of the countryside in which she sets her characters. It could’ve been a four-star book but for the constant stretching of credulity as Ali and Reeve continually do things that just defy common sense. I enjoyed the story and the book is well written. I simply wish Carbo had permitted her lead characters to be somewhat less flawed, but I understand that these characteristics were central to her plot. All in all, an enjoyable read, but just shy of being outstanding.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Harvee

    Rating: 3.5/5 I was attracted to this book by the title and cover and the setting in the wilds of northwest Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. FBI investigator Ali Paige becomes involved in a murder case, interesting to her because the suspect is her former boyfriend Reeve, who is also the father of her five-year-old daughter. With all these complications, Ali has to tread lightly while she investigates on her own, thinking all the while of her daughter, who is close to her father. I ha Rating: 3.5/5 I was attracted to this book by the title and cover and the setting in the wilds of northwest Montana, not far from Glacier National Park. FBI investigator Ali Paige becomes involved in a murder case, interesting to her because the suspect is her former boyfriend Reeve, who is also the father of her five-year-old daughter. With all these complications, Ali has to tread lightly while she investigates on her own, thinking all the while of her daughter, who is close to her father. I had thought that the plot was predictable, since the themes of gun control and journalism came up early in the book. But flipping through and reaching the end, I saw that the mystery is not what I had expected and there was a twist to the plot!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Moskal

    Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ali and Reeve are both equally interesting lead characters. The format of telling the story from both of their alternating perspectives, before and during the crime, made it a page-turning suspense. Their emotional insecurities were believably linked to their childhoods without spending too much time describing them. The details of the crime were discovered at a good pace and keep you changing your mi Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ali and Reeve are both equally interesting lead characters. The format of telling the story from both of their alternating perspectives, before and during the crime, made it a page-turning suspense. Their emotional insecurities were believably linked to their childhoods without spending too much time describing them. The details of the crime were discovered at a good pace and keep you changing your mind about the guilty party until the very end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I've been reading Christine Carbo's suspenseful novels set in Glacier National Park since NetGalley offered the first one (The Wild Inside) in 2015. The natural beauty of the park and the often terrifying threats of the wilderness are always crucial elements in the novels. The park itself is more than setting; it is character as well. Carbo's tendency to take a minor character from one novel and give him or her a lead in the next novel is much the same as in Tana French's novels. This penchant of I've been reading Christine Carbo's suspenseful novels set in Glacier National Park since NetGalley offered the first one (The Wild Inside) in 2015. The natural beauty of the park and the often terrifying threats of the wilderness are always crucial elements in the novels. The park itself is more than setting; it is character as well. Carbo's tendency to take a minor character from one novel and give him or her a lead in the next novel is much the same as in Tana French's novels. This penchant of developing secondary characters contributes a freshness and energy to each succeeding plot. A Sharp Solitude features FBI investigator Ali Paige and Reeve Landon. Landon is Ali's former boyfriend and the father of her daughter. When Anne Marie Johnson (a journalist who was last seen accompanying Reeve Landon and his service dog for an article she was writing) is murdered, Landon becomes the chief suspect. Intensely private and with a secret past he is desperate to keep hidden, Landon is arrested after not admitting that Anne Marie visited his cabin. Ali Paige refuses to believe Landon is guilty and gets involved in the investigation using her FBI position to get information. But Ali is not authorized to do so and is jeopardizing her own career. She is also afraid she may discover something she doesn't want to know. I thought I knew where the novel was going because issues concerning gun control appear early, but while that is an interesting aspect, the truth is something different. Shifting between Reeve Landon and Ali's perspectives, the reader learns of the events in their pasts that contribute to the situation in which they find themselves. Monte Harris and Gretchen Larsen have only cameo appearances. A fine addition to this series, but I wonder who will take the lead in the next installment. Read in March; blog review scheduled for May 17. NetGalley/Attria Books Suspense. May 29, 2018. Print length: 368 pages

  14. 4 out of 5

    Craig Sisterson

    Two stoic individuals who share traumatic childhoods and fiercely independent streaks, as well as a daughter from their brief relationship, rally the narrative duties back and forth in Carbo's fourth mystery set against the spectacular backdrop of the Glacier National Parks and rural Montana. Reeve Landon became an unwanted poster boy for changes to gun laws in Florida after a childhood accident with his best friend. He went off the rails as a teenager, before finding some degree of salvation in Two stoic individuals who share traumatic childhoods and fiercely independent streaks, as well as a daughter from their brief relationship, rally the narrative duties back and forth in Carbo's fourth mystery set against the spectacular backdrop of the Glacier National Parks and rural Montana. Reeve Landon became an unwanted poster boy for changes to gun laws in Florida after a childhood accident with his best friend. He went off the rails as a teenager, before finding some degree of salvation in the Montana wilderness. He spends most of his time with his dog, searching for signs of wildlife, and living in a cabin. It's a quiet, mainly solitary life. The way he likes it. But then a journalist is found dead. Anne Marie Johnson said she came to Glacier to interview Reeve about the canine research programme he and McKay, his chocolate lab, were part of. But she was asking an awful lot of questions about gun laws and gun deaths, tempering Reeve's attraction. Tabbed by authorities as the last to see Anne Marie, Reeve quickly becomes the prime suspect. Which is a huge problem for FBI investigator Ali Paige. Like Reeve she left a troubled past behind on the East Coast, and enjoys the space and solitude offered in Montana. She's a mother to Emily, but keeps her private life private. Can she keep doing that when her daughter's father is a murder suspect? Carbo delivers a fascinating tale that blends a tight mystery storyline with a great sense of the Montana setting - the place and the people. A SHARP SOLITUDE is character-centric crime fiction, seasoned with plenty of interesting psychological and societal issues. Challenges for individuals and the broader community. There's a really nice balance - the story feels 'well-rounded' for want of a better phrase: strong mystery, good characters that are interesting and have depth, great setting. The narrative switches between Reeve and Ali's perspectives, building tension and deepening characterisation along the way. Carbo brings rural Montana to vivid life (I've visited for a few days on my travels, and things rang very true for me, as well as deepening my perspective on the region). There are a few 'what the?' moments along the way, where characters make some poor choices, but rather than feeling like dropped notes or 'author hand' clunkiness to force a story, these end up fitting with their characters and the world Carbo has crafted. There's a messy humanity to it all. An authenticity that deepens our understanding of angst-ridden characters scrabbling through life. This is the kind of book you can just sit back and enjoy as the tale unfolds, but will have you thinking too. And caring. There's some nice texture and depth as well as plenty of intrigue in the storyline. It was a couple of sittings read for me, a book I kept wanting to get back to. And when I closed the back cover, I immediately wanted to read more of Carbo's Glacier Mysteries. So I went and bought books one to three.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Anne Marie Johnson has been murdered, killed by a shotgun at close range. She was a journalist, and had come to the wilds of Glacier National Park in Montana to find out more about guns, gun safety, gun use, and how people feel about guns. Told in alternating first person chapters, Reeve Landon and FBI Agent Ali Paige reveal their stories. How they used to be "an item" which resulted in a baby, Emily who is now five years old, but they never married. How Reeve, as a child, found a gun under his Anne Marie Johnson has been murdered, killed by a shotgun at close range. She was a journalist, and had come to the wilds of Glacier National Park in Montana to find out more about guns, gun safety, gun use, and how people feel about guns. Told in alternating first person chapters, Reeve Landon and FBI Agent Ali Paige reveal their stories. How they used to be "an item" which resulted in a baby, Emily who is now five years old, but they never married. How Reeve, as a child, found a gun under his parents' bed, and accidentally shot and killed his best friend Sam. How Reeve is being questioned in the murder of a visiting journalist, Anne Marie Johnson. This is a great thriller with an unexpected ending that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Don't miss it! I read this EARC courtesy of Net Galley and Atria Books. pub date 05/29/18

  16. 5 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (3). I normally get pretty turned off by these books that preface every chapter with the name of the person they are working from, but this one was solid enough to keep me going. A good plot, a couple of good characters, the most wonderful setting in Glacier National Park and a very cool canine keep you going. The way the layers of the story unfold make for an easy read and the twists and turns at the end are well done. There is a tiny bit of sap at the very finish but it was not unexpected. Goo (3). I normally get pretty turned off by these books that preface every chapter with the name of the person they are working from, but this one was solid enough to keep me going. A good plot, a couple of good characters, the most wonderful setting in Glacier National Park and a very cool canine keep you going. The way the layers of the story unfold make for an easy read and the twists and turns at the end are well done. There is a tiny bit of sap at the very finish but it was not unexpected. Good fun.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Helen Dunn

    Another good mystery set in Montana. This was not my favorite in the series but I do enjoy meeting all the different law enforcement agents in the area, including the FBI agents in this story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    aprilla

    I'm really enjoying Christine Carbo's books

  19. 5 out of 5

    James Ziskin

    Commanding and exquisitely rugged, Christine Carbo’s A SHARP SOLITUDE delivers a compelling portrait of two damaged souls running from the past. An intensely private FBI agent meddles in a sticky murder investigation where she doesn’t belong. And the chief suspect is her ex, the father of her child. Brilliantly written in confident, flowing prose, A SHARP SOLITUDE is a paean to the unforgiving landscape of the Montana wilderness, lovingly painted in all its beautiful and savage glory. Carbo’s fi Commanding and exquisitely rugged, Christine Carbo’s A SHARP SOLITUDE delivers a compelling portrait of two damaged souls running from the past. An intensely private FBI agent meddles in a sticky murder investigation where she doesn’t belong. And the chief suspect is her ex, the father of her child. Brilliantly written in confident, flowing prose, A SHARP SOLITUDE is a paean to the unforgiving landscape of the Montana wilderness, lovingly painted in all its beautiful and savage glory. Carbo’s finest novel yet. Highest recommendation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I received a copy from Goodreads Give Aways. The overall theme of the book is about an FBI agent struggling to help her child's father. Christine Carbo does a very good job of describing the area with vivid details; however, I found the back and forth dialogue somewhat confusing at times. The book has some complex relationships, but I didn't think they were fully developed for the reader. Enjoyed the plot and thought I had it figured out but the ending was a surprise for me. The read was just okay f I received a copy from Goodreads Give Aways. The overall theme of the book is about an FBI agent struggling to help her child's father. Christine Carbo does a very good job of describing the area with vivid details; however, I found the back and forth dialogue somewhat confusing at times. The book has some complex relationships, but I didn't think they were fully developed for the reader. Enjoyed the plot and thought I had it figured out but the ending was a surprise for me. The read was just okay for me, but others may find it more appealing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Thrilled to be getting a copy of this book through the Giveaways program. Carbo has a fascinating background and I can't wait to see how it impacts her writing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tzuzie

    I just finished Christine Carbo's A Sharp Solitude. I read it in two settings, stopping only to snack and sleep. It's that good! A Sharp Solitude is the 4th in her Glacier Mystery series set in and around Glacier National Park in northwest Montana. Some favorite characters from previous novels make appearances in this one, but, as usual in this series, each novel focuses on a different character. The focus of A Sharp Solitude is Ali Paige, the F.B.I. agent who appears as a supporting character in I just finished Christine Carbo's A Sharp Solitude. I read it in two settings, stopping only to snack and sleep. It's that good! A Sharp Solitude is the 4th in her Glacier Mystery series set in and around Glacier National Park in northwest Montana. Some favorite characters from previous novels make appearances in this one, but, as usual in this series, each novel focuses on a different character. The focus of A Sharp Solitude is Ali Paige, the F.B.I. agent who appears as a supporting character in The Weight of Night. Ali peaked my interest in Weight of Night because she was a strong, no nonsense, somewhat abrasive presence who, I felt, would surely make a great main character. She does! Ali lives, works and raises her daughter Emily in the town of Kalispell. Her former romantic partner Reeve, Emily's father, lives with his dog McKay in a cabin in the nearby Flathead National Forest. Reeve has a tragic past and prefers living in solitude and working for the canine scat detection research program at the University of Montana (by the way, if you think nobody could make the collection of wild animal scat an interesting topic you are in for a big surprise). Both Ali and Reeve are loners by choice but are united in their love for Emily. Reeve becomes the prime suspect in the death of a journalist who spent some time with him for a story and Ali, although not officially part of the investigative team, can't help but become involved. Carbo writes beautifully and plots tightly. She has the ability to craft real characters and real settings. Her mysteries are complex and layered but not slow-moving at all. Reading one of her books leaves me satisfied at the solution of the crime, but also leaves me with a deeper understanding of her characters. I've read all of the Glacier mysteries and they get better and better. Christine Carbo should be winning Edgars and Anthonys and be on best seller lists. And does anyone know someone at Netflix? The Glacier mysteries would make a spectacular television series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    A classic who dunnit set in an extraordinary place! I adored the setting of this novel, Glacier National Park is awe-inspiring and you really get its power, beauty and solitude come across in this novel. The mystery itself was layered and there were many possible suspects without any obvious red herrings, not normally and easy task for a writer. I loved Agent Paige, she was the perfect heroine, smart and strong but still vulnerable. Reeve, Emily and her partner were all characters I would love t A classic who dunnit set in an extraordinary place! I adored the setting of this novel, Glacier National Park is awe-inspiring and you really get its power, beauty and solitude come across in this novel. The mystery itself was layered and there were many possible suspects without any obvious red herrings, not normally and easy task for a writer. I loved Agent Paige, she was the perfect heroine, smart and strong but still vulnerable. Reeve, Emily and her partner were all characters I would love to see more of as well. The only fault I found was that they're was some lag in the story about 3 quarters in before the killer's identity was revealed and it got a bit repetitious, but once the reveal happened I couldn't put it down. This is the first book in the series that I have read but it didn't affect the story in any way, you could definitely read this as a stand alone. I am excited to read more form the series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diddly Do

    I highly recommend A SHARP SOLITUDE by Christine Carbo. How far would you go to protect your ex-lover and the father of your child? Even if it meant putting your job on the line as an FBI agent? There is no way he could do something like this, could he? Oh how the plot thickens... Meanwhile, the person of interest can’t be reached by anyone. Is he just in the mountains doing his job? Did he run? Where is he? What an intriguing book from start to finish. My hat goes off to the author, she certainly I highly recommend A SHARP SOLITUDE by Christine Carbo. How far would you go to protect your ex-lover and the father of your child? Even if it meant putting your job on the line as an FBI agent? There is no way he could do something like this, could he? Oh how the plot thickens... Meanwhile, the person of interest can’t be reached by anyone. Is he just in the mountains doing his job? Did he run? Where is he? What an intriguing book from start to finish. My hat goes off to the author, she certainly kept me wondering. Oh the twists and turns throughout this marvelous book made it hard to separate it from my hands. This is the first book I have read by this author and will definitely read more of her work. What an exceptional read! Thank you to Atria Books, Christine Carbo, & Goodreads. I won this book from a Goodreads drawing. [email protected]

  25. 5 out of 5

    Helen Starbuck

    A Sharp Solitude is the newest book in Carbo's Glacier National Park series and it is every bit as good as the previous ones. The setting is austere and beautiful and deadly, a place where one mistake or misstep can get you killed. Her characters are deeply wounded people who end up in Montana in search of refuge. The character studies are amazing and the suspense of the stories is such that I have a hard time putting them down. The FBI agent and her former lover who by accident became the fathe A Sharp Solitude is the newest book in Carbo's Glacier National Park series and it is every bit as good as the previous ones. The setting is austere and beautiful and deadly, a place where one mistake or misstep can get you killed. Her characters are deeply wounded people who end up in Montana in search of refuge. The character studies are amazing and the suspense of the stories is such that I have a hard time putting them down. The FBI agent and her former lover who by accident became the father of her daughter are two such people. Both from difficult families and difficult situations, the consequences of which continue to reverberate through their lives and affect their relationships with others. Carbo is great at pulling you in and not letting you go. The endings hint at better times for the characters but never guarantee it. Highly recommend this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Beason

    I have enjoyed all of Christine Carbo's mysteries, but this one is definitely my favorite. The author deftly keeps the suspense brewing while switching viewpoints between a female FBI agent and her former lover/father of her child, an environmental researcher with a past. When the researcher is suspected of a local murder, the FBI agent feels compelled to secretly investigate although it's not her jurisdiction. Both of the lead characters put themselves in danger, the FBI agent at risk of losing I have enjoyed all of Christine Carbo's mysteries, but this one is definitely my favorite. The author deftly keeps the suspense brewing while switching viewpoints between a female FBI agent and her former lover/father of her child, an environmental researcher with a past. When the researcher is suspected of a local murder, the FBI agent feels compelled to secretly investigate although it's not her jurisdiction. Both of the lead characters put themselves in danger, the FBI agent at risk of losing her job, and the researcher at risk of losing his life. This is the way suspense novels are supposed to be written! - Review from the author of Backcountry

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    This book really took hold of me and I flew through it. Although this is the fourth book in this series, it is the first that I have read, and I had no problem jumping in. The characters in this book stand well on their own, as does the story. That being said, I enjoyed this one so much, that I am going back to read the earlier books. The two main characters that provide alternating points of view in this book are Reeve and Ali, two flawed and deeply private individuals, whose lives have been sh This book really took hold of me and I flew through it. Although this is the fourth book in this series, it is the first that I have read, and I had no problem jumping in. The characters in this book stand well on their own, as does the story. That being said, I enjoyed this one so much, that I am going back to read the earlier books. The two main characters that provide alternating points of view in this book are Reeve and Ali, two flawed and deeply private individuals, whose lives have been shaped by tragic episodes in their respective childhoods. Somehow they found each other in Montana near Glacier National Park, and now co-parent a little girl of their own. When Reeve is suspected of the murder of a journalist who was writing about the canine training program he is part of, it brings back all the trauma of his childhood. Ali, a local federal agent, breaks all the rules by investigating the crime on her own. I could not put this book down. Both characters are so self-destructive in their reactions to the positions in which they find themselves. There were so many times I found myself talking back to my book--"No! Don't do that!" I enjoyed references to the setting--we are definitely National Park fans in our house, and, in fact, just got back from hiking in Shenandoah NP.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Haines

    A well-written detective mystery. It was not suspenseful, just a whodunit. I'm not hankering to find another book in this series, but that has more to do with my personal preferences rather than the quality of this book. I like my books a little more "weird" with scratch- your- head endings, I suppose. Synopsis: FBI agent with troubled childhood share a child with a man with a troubled childhood. A woman ends up dead and he is one accused. Is he capable of doing such a thing? And if he is, is ev A well-written detective mystery. It was not suspenseful, just a whodunit. I'm not hankering to find another book in this series, but that has more to do with my personal preferences rather than the quality of this book. I like my books a little more "weird" with scratch- your- head endings, I suppose. Synopsis: FBI agent with troubled childhood share a child with a man with a troubled childhood. A woman ends up dead and he is one accused. Is he capable of doing such a thing? And if he is, is everyone with past trauma damaged, broken, unpredictable people?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charland Garvin

    I am so enjoying this series of Glacier Mysteries and can hardly wait for the next one. I certainly hope there will be another one. She has captured the essence of Western Montana and the glory of Glacier National Park. The books are well crafted and several of the characters appear in the different books so you have a sense of continuation and at the same time, feel familiar with them. It is a great series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    milinda johnson

    I have read and enjoyed all her books. This one seemed different to me. It needed more drama or something. It was like reading a school play. I think that the author is great but maybe I need to re-read it later to see if I can be pulled in like I was with the other books. I do hope that the main charterers do get back together again and that there will be other series on these two main charterers in the future.

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