“You never know what you’re going to have to face, so you’d better be prepared.”
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 have read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush saga (yes all four books of them) which we all know are paranormal books about fallen angels. Though I already know long ago that Becca is writing a psychological thriller I didn’t expect Black Ice to be that different. I mean, there are mystery and thrill in Hush, Hush but in Black Ice they are way better, more real and more dangerous. I think I like to see Bacca write more on this genre than the paranormal one.
The story is about Britt Pfeiffer who is set to backpacking the Teton Range with her best friend Korbie. Britt had been preparing for this trip for months, from organizing the things they need, researching the weather and the road maps, up to training herself to hike by hiking small distance. They are supposed to spend their few days getaway in Korbie’s family’s lodge in the mountain. Calvin, Korbie’s brother and Britt’s ex-boyfriend will be meeting them there too. On their way to the mountain, the girls encounter unexpected snow storms which leave them no choice but to find a nearest shelter to stay for a while. After more or less an hour of walking they stumbled across a cabin and inside are two men, Mason and Shawn. These two guys seem harmless but then they took Britt and Korbie hostage.
The opening prologue is my favorite part of this book. It tells the story of one of the three murders that happened before Britt’s own story. It is intense and engaging which perfectly set the tone of the book.
Becca Fitzpatrick writing definitely matured compare to her previous books. I love how she plotted this whole messy story of murder and mystery which makes the pacing easily engaging and flowing. It’s not the massive kind of whodunit as I easily figure out the suspect but it is still engaging nonetheless.
As for the characters, well the narrator isn’t perfect, she has flaws and did some things that irritate me but I like how determined and brave she is. I like that in-spite of the heavy situation she still manage to think things through. Her character development from a dependent girl to being a survivor is very well written.
Then we have Mason, another dangerous bad boy created by Becca Fitzpatrick. I think Becca has a real knock with this kind of characters. Just like Patch of Hush, Hush, Mason is mysterious and intriguing which will surely make readers drawn to him in every way possible.
Black Ice is not perfect though. It is good and entertaining read that keep me on the edge of my seat because I want to know if my theories are correct but in the end I didn’t like the all wrap up ending. I’m not against with the happily ever after kind of ending but Black Ice is too neatly wrap up for my taste – complete with a bow and all. I wish the story end differently. That at least Mason was held accountable for some of the bad things he had done, or that the killer doesn’t end up like it did. It so easy and less unrealistic in my opinion.
With suspense, mystery, drama, and romance Black Ice is a thrilling read. It is tense and well written. A successful transition from paranormal to psychological genre for Becca Fitzpatrick.