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 received this ARC from a fellow book blogger to review, I was in no way compensated for this review.
Becca Fitzpatrick wowed me with her Hush, Hush series and now she has left me utterly speechless with Black Ice! Seriously, I do not remember what the last book I read that left me totally speechless. There are really no words, and this isn't even a paranormal read people! It's a thriller! And a decidedly good one at that! You all may know by now that the paranormal reads hold my attention--any degree of paranormalness--but there are times when I can be totally taken away with a good thriller! Usually it ends up being a YA one, but no matter!
The story starts off pretty ordinary, Britt and her best friend Korbie are going to spend their spring break at Korbie's parents' cabin in the mountains/woods. Britt wants to go hiking along the trail that expands over the area. Mostly, she is wanting to do this because her boyfriend, Calvin, also Korbie's older brother broke up with her. He always used to do things like this and she's ready to prove to him that he left behind something great.
It doesn't take long for things to go incredibly wrong, when the weather gets bad the girls must abandon their vehicle along side the rode and seek shelter in a cabin with two guys. They're like a year or two older than them, but things prove to be just as dangerous outside as it is inside with two strangers. And it turns out that they are in fact, quite dangerous and are on the run from the police. Claiming to know the mountain well, Britt says she can take them to the road so that they can be on their way. Britt secretly has a map of the mountain that she pilfered from Calvin and knows where things are, lakes, cabins, ranger stations that can hopefully provide a ranger to help her.
But naturally, things aren't as easy as they should be.
This read was so, so intense! I loved every minute of it. That it lacked paranormalness didn't bother me, the intensity of it all was such a thrill! There's a lot more going on here to the story than we initially thought. And around halfway I started to realize what was really going on and oh wow was that a shocker!
I don't want to get into many other details for lack of shock factor for you guys. Only know that this read was A-MAZING! This truly is a thriller to behold, as danger lurks everywhere for Britt, not only is she traveling with two criminals, but the weather itself is a danger to them all. You can only go so long with being in the cold, plus there are still wild animals in these woods. Yeah, danger is all around and there's definitely more than one way Britt could possibly die out there.
One of the kidnappers, Mason, is a bit of mystery though. There's definitely more to him than Britt initially thinks because there are times when he acts downright polite and considering. It's hidden sometimes by scorn or derision, but there's definitely a mysterious vibe coming off that dude! And there are answers to those conclusions, but again, not saying anything!
I have to say that I absolutely LOVED this one! The final chapter definitely made this out to be an enjoyable read! Without that, I would've felt utterly lost and devastated. Black Ice is truly one of the most amazing reads this year! It's kind of a dark and twisted read at times, but coupled with moments that make you rethink everything you thought was true! Read this now!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars
Black Ice releases October 7, 2014