Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 7th October 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Romance, 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…
Reviewed by Kelly
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I really, really liked Black Ice. It was fast paced and left me on the edge of my seat. The prologue alone was enough to pull me right in and make me not want to come up for air. I read it in almost one sitting because I was just that hooked by it. A killer headache derailed me for a few hours and I had to put it down long enough for it to subside. Once it did, I was back on it. I had to know more, I had to know if my whodunit theories were correct. They were, by the way!
I liked the idea of the story but I did work out pretty early on what was happening and who was involved. There were also some plot holes, in my opinion, and since they’ll spoil the story if I give them any explanation, I won’t go in to detail about them. They weren’t major things in terms of them affecting my enjoyment of the story but I did find them glaringly obvious and they did bring down my overall rating of the book. Aside from the plot holes, there were some big surprises and the suspense?? The suspense nearly killed me!! This one was an action packed romantic thriller. There were some moments that were almost a bit too much for a nervous scaredy cat like me, but I got through it – I was just missing a couple of fingernails at the end!
As the story began, Britt was getting ready for a week’s hiking in the mountains with her best friend, Korbie. She’d been training for months and this was her chance to put all that training to use. Just as they were about to set off, Britt heard about bad weather that was on its way to the mountains and it became a race against time for Britt and Korbie to get to Korbie’s family’s lodge before it hit. They didn’t make it up the mountain in time…and that’s when the trouble really started…
I liked Britt, although she did get on my nerves a little at some points throughout the story. She was a typical teenager in that she thought about boys, boys, and boys some more. She was also heavily reliant on the men in her life, namely her dad and her brother. She had no problems about running to them when she needed something doing and just didn’t want to do it herself. This led her to some problems when she had to think and fend for herself in an extremely dangerous situation.
I hated, with a passion, Britt’s best friend, Korbie. She was one of the meanest, most self-centred, rotten people I’ve ever read about! I love kick-ass, funny, supportive best friends in books – Korbie was not one of them! Gah! I was almost hoping she would get picked off by the bad guy/s first! That’s mean of me to say, I know, but read the book – I think you’ll end up agreeing! I just couldn’t understand why Britt and Korbie were even friends, never mind best friends! They were in constant competition with one another and barely even got along!
I’m not going to go in to the finer points of the story, it’s just too hard to do without spoilers. I will say that I really liked the ending, I thought it was fitting after what had happened and it put a huge smile on my face.
And that, folks, is all I’m going to tell you about Black Ice. All I can say is that if you’re a lover of fast paced YA thrillers, with a generous helping of romance, then I highly recommend this new release from Becca Fitzpatrick.
Stop by HAVE BOOK WILL READ tomorrow for an exclusive guest post from BECCA FITZPATRICK and your chance to enter the BLACK ICE goody bag giveaway. There will be five questions and five answers. You can find today’s question, and the answer, at BOOK BABBLERS.