Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

25183888Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 26 March 2015 (Simon & Schuster)
Pages: 416
Genre: Thriller
Format: Paperback

Links to buy: |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

Britt 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? [Goodreads]

As much as this was a thriller/crime/mystery read, it was a easy and quick book to get through.

I’m quite familiar with Fitzpatrick’s books, having read the whole of the Hush Hush series I was excited to read something of hers that didn’t have any paranormal elements.

TI loved the strength that Britt has in this book. Britt convinces her best friend to go on a trek with her in the mountains, even though they’re not so safe and covered in snow. Her ex is to chaperon their adventures and whilst this wasn’t part of her plan, she won’t let this make ruin her challenge. Yet on their way up to the cabin, a snow storm hits and her carefully planned out trip starts to fall apart. Britt puts on a brave face and tries to be smart person people do not think she is. And I loved that about her. I also liked her sense of adventure (before the bad stuff went down) because I am a sucker for characters who want to prove to themselves to others that they are stronger than they look and through hiking… similarities run kinda close. Her best friend, Korbie, on the other hand, was a pain. A typical and plain character.

I’ve had a bit of a bad reading streak and I’m so happy that this book picked everything up! There were the classic thriller aspects in this novel but also crime elements in it too. Not at all too intense but enough to create the right amount of mystery. I enjoyed the entrapment and pressure that the characters were under and the focus mainly being on three of them worked really well. It was such an entertaining read and I can definitely find myself re-reading this book in the future.

The only thing stopping me from making this a five cupcake rating is the relationship between Britt and Mason which doesn’t seem to add up. Britt says it’s not Stockholm Syndrome but I couldn’t disagree more. There is no way she could fall in love with someone who held her hostage and dragged her through a journey she didn’t want to go through. But there was something that drew me into their romance and Fitzpatrick did well in building the trust and friendship between the two of them.

Would definitely recommend – but maybe wait til winter… It’s more a winter read than a heatwave kinda read. Unless you’re like me 😛

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup

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