The Beautiful and the Wild by Peggy Townsend [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Beautiful and the Wild

Author: Peggy Townsend

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: November 7, 2023

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 3/5

The Beautiful and the Wild by Peggy Townsend


The dangers of Alaska aren’t limited to storms, starvation, and grizzly bears. Sometimes the most dangerous thing is the person you love.

It’s summer in Alaska and the light surrounding the shipping-container-turned-storage shed where Liv Russo is being held prisoner is fuzzy and gray. Around her is thick forest and jagged mountains. In front of her, across a clearing, is a low-slung cabin with a single window that spills a wash of yellow light onto bare ground. Illuminated in that light is the father of her child, a man she once loved. A man who is now her jailor. Liv vows to do anything to escape.  

Carrying her own secrets and a fierce need to protect her young son, Liv must navigate a new world where extreme weather, starvation, and dangerous wildlife are not the only threats she faces. With winter’s arrival imminent, she knows she must reckon with her past and the choices that brought her to the unforgiving Alaskan landscape if she is ever going to make it out alive.

The Beautiful and the Wild by Peggy Townsend


Liv travels to Alaska to locate the man she once loved. When she arrives, she realizes he is not letting her leave. To protect herself and her son, she must survive the dangers of an Alaskan winter.

The Beautiful and the Wild is told from Liv’s point of view. She is a strong, yet flawed protagonist. She makes for a character that is easy to root for her.

An intriguing story with an interesting cast of characters. Recommended for fans of mysteries with harsh environments and strong female leads.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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