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REVIEW: Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick

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Becca Fitzpatrick

Stand Alone

eBook, 392 pages

Expected October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-44247-426-0

★★★– 4.2 stars

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…

This possible the first thriller I’ve read that didn’t include any kind of paranormal aspect. And I really enjoyed it. It was definitely the break I needed from the YA I normally read. Black Ice opens with Britt preparing to go backpacking in the mountains of Wyoming. On the drive up the mountain to friend Korbie’s holiday lodge, a storm hits leaving them stranded. When Britt and Korbie find a cabin, they run for shelter. But when they find that the cabin is occupied by Mason and Shaun- two very good looking guys- they can’t believe their luck. But by the time the girls figure out something isn’t quite right about the pair, it’s too late…

The mystery in this novel was high from the prologue. I went into this book not knowing much about it, so it took me a while to get into the story. But once you do, the mystery and suspense keeps you turning the pages until there are no more to turn. Everything every character did left me questioning their innocence. And the pace of this book was really great, it left no room for plot hole’s or unrealistic details. I felt that the whole book was realistic and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen to the characters at the end of the book.

At first I didn’t really like Britt, she was too self-obsessed and her life revolved too much around her love life. However, as the book continued, Britt changed a lot. She questioned her friendship with Korbie and we saw actually how much it did revolve around Korbie. Also, Britt’s relationship with Calvin was explored thoroughly. I really enjoyed seeing the history between the characters, they were spaced well and didn’t leave me bored or with too little detail on the characters. By the end of the book I really cared for Britt (and all the other characters) and I didn’t want anything to happen to her or the others. Fitzpatrick even had me caring for characters that I knew I shouldn’t, and made me question to what point are you innocent? When do you cross the line and become guilty?

The book was written from Britt’s point of view in the first person. The style was really clean and worked very effectively throughout the novel. I loved seeing how certain events related to certain characters. The way the answers were revealed were very good, as I connected the dots at the same time as Britt did; which made me feel more included in the book as a reader.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a break from dystopian or sci-fi. There is some violence in this book, mainly with guns, so I would say that younger readers should leave this book on the TBR pile for a little bit longer. The end of the book was really great and all my questions were left thoroughly answered. The book wasn’t predictable and the events that happened didn’t even cross my mind when I opened this book. The only problem I had with Black Ice was the change of Jude from towards the end and the epilogue. I found it to be slightly too drastic. But other than this Black Ice is a thrilling read for anyone who loves mystery, suspense and a little bit of romance.

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* This book was sent to me by a publisher in return for an honest review.