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Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 7th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
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Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.
But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?
BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
I read Hush, Hush many years ago, when I first started back into the world of Young Adult books, and before blogging. I was instantly a fan and the book propelled my interest into the angel/demons subgenre. Unfortunately, things kept getting in the way of me picking up the final two books in that series (they are waiting for me on my shelf though!) but when I saw the author was publishing a new book, a thriller no less, I was absolutely intrigued!
The book starts with a prologue that introduces us to a girl as she was about to be murdered. Well that grabbed my attention! We then switch to a year later where we meet Britt who becomes trapped on a snowy mountain. She was on her way to her friend Korbie’s family cabin, where her ex was to be as well, when the weather took a turn for the worse. Both girls were forced to leave their car and trek through the snow where they stumble upon another cabin occupied by two guys who seemed to have something to hide.
Overall I must say I really enjoyed this read. But there were a few aspects that left me conflicted and I’ll start with those. The main issue for me was the relationships we are shown. Korbie, the friend? Horrible. I found her incredibly selfish, awful and not a good friend in the slightest. She was almost like a place setting with no real purpose and luckily she is not as prominent in the plot as I originally expected. Thank goodness. Britt’s relationship with Korbie’s brother Calvin, her ex, is also bothersome. Britt spends a lot of time reminiscing on their time together, the good and the bad, hoping they would have a chance at reconciliation on this vacation. Like his sister, Calvin was very selfish and not at all a good boyfriend. Their relationship was awful. Britt was completely dependent on him and he took advantage. Then there are the two men in the cabin. We find out a lot of secrets about why they are at this mysterious cabin on the mountain which leads to a hostage situation. Britt develops a… what’s the word I want here? Some sort of a crush I guess, on one of them? We aren’t sure exactly how much of a ‘bad guy’ Mason is (I had my theories) but I couldn’t help feeling conflicted about it. I was equal parts enjoying it, the banter and connection they seemed to have felt for each other, but then also slightly squicked out about the Stockholm Syndrome vibe going on. I mean, he was a part of kidnapping her! I don’t know, I don’t know. This part is tough for me because I am a huge fan of forbidden love. But I can say this is the only somewhat issue I had with the story. I can get behind telling us a story about toxic relationships but it deters me a little when it is every last one we see. I need something positive to cling to and with everything so up in the air with all the characters, it was hard to find that. BUT, I know why the author did it, or at least I think I do. Focusing so much on the negatives of the people around Britt made them suspects to me, questioning their every move. It was a mystery, a thriller, and part of the excitement of reading one is trying to solve it. Would I have been as weary about all the characters if they were written differently? No.
I’m a sucker for a good mystery and I thought this one was well done. The way it all unraveled was definitely exciting. I had a few theories running through my mind, trying to link places and characters in the plot with each other. I even went back at least twice to reread the opening murder to see if I could piece the puzzle together from the information I was gathering as I went. One of my theories was indeed correct but sometimes when you think it is one thing you worry it may be too obvious and develop a whole bunch of alternatives. I had a lot of fun with that. Especially after a certain scene I completely didn’t expect! I love when surprises are thrown in to throw you off track and I found that here.
As thrillers go, this was a great read. It kept me engaged and on my toes. And even though I didn’t love some things going on with the characters, I understood it. And it helped propel the main character into some independence and a place of strength. Very pleased with how this one turned out. I would absolutely recommend Black Ice for those looking for a good mystery to solve!