Published by Simon and Schuster Australia on October 7, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, theNew York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Brit Pheiffer 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.
Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and 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, 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.
Black Ice is a chilling thriller set in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. After reading Hush, Hush, the first book I’ve ever wanted to throw across the room, I thought I’d give Becca Fitzpatrick another chance in a different genre.
Black Ice had a thrilling, foreboding atmosphere, with Britt and Korbie hiking through the mountains in the dead of winter. With bears, blizzards, and a constant need to battle hunger, dehydration and exhaustion, the scene was set really well. The thriller aspect of the book was also done really well, with the girls being held hostage by two sinister men. I honestly didn’t know how it was all going to turn out and if they were going to escape. Although I predicted the killer, there were some great twists and turns.
“I trained hard, but I always thought I’d have him to rely on. Because that’s what I do – I expect the men in my life to rescue me.” – Britt
Unfortunately, there were many problems I had with the rest of the book, especially when it came to the competitive ‘friendship’, the forced romance, and Britt herself. Britt was a decent character to follow, as she’s calm, cool, able to think on her feet and level-headed in every situation. She kept it so cool however, that I found it unrealistic given what she was facing – finding dead bodies, danger, starvation, bears. In the face of danger, she spends most of her time daydreaming about her ex-boyfriend Calvin which was frustrating because he didn’t seem like a nice guy.
While Britt comes across as smart and capable, she loved having other men take care of her and loved rubbing it in our faces at every turn – a cry against feminism. She also can’t judge people’s character for the life of her, surrounding herself with people who can’t be trusted and even falling in love with her captor.
I had always let Calvin take care of me. When we used to go out, even if we took my car, Calvin drove. Calvin paid for dinner. If it was raining and I’d forgotten my coat, I pestered him until he gave me his. I’d wanted him to adore me, protect me, and bend over backward for me. When he didn’t measure up, I acted helpless to force him to pay attention to me.
The romance was unbelievable, and a typical case of Stockholm syndrome – even though Britt notes this herself multiple times throughout the book. Mason doesn’t seem like an evil guy, he was just shifty, dangerous and unpredictable with many secrets, which sounds like an ideal partner (not really). Just because he shows Britt some kindness once in a while, he’s still holding her hostage, so I wasn’t really convinced.
More than ever, I resented any attraction I might be feeling to him. He was my captor. He held me against my will. His recent kindness didn’t change that. I had to remind myself of who he really was.
The ‘best friend’ Korbie annoyed the crap out of me. In just a few pages, she managed to bitch, whine, guilt trip and flirt with the intention of cheating on her boyfriend. It’s clear that there’s a ‘keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ thing going on, because they’re really bitchy and competitive towards each other. I just couldn’t understand it and it made me cringe. Thankfully, Korbie is only present in a small part of the book.
Although I ended up enjoying Black Ice and its snowy, thrilling landscape, it’s not a book I can rate highly because of the many issues I had with it, from the bitchy competitive friendship, unbelievable romance and unrealistic main character. If you can look past these issues however, Black Ice offers a snowy, scary thrilling read.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.