Published by Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books on October 7th 2014
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?
When Black Ice was published I was extremely excited to read it, but as time passed there were other books and I lost track of it. Not surprisingly, that meant that I ended up not reading it at all. Until my sister picked it up and put it on my TBR pile after she’d finished it. And because I can take a hint, it was the next book I picked up.
Black Ice is original with some very good thriller elements. Becca Fitzpatrick did a good job with the mystery aspect of the story. The plot is creative, although a bit unrealistic and predictable at times, and drawn out. This, together with the pacing that was pretty good as well, kept me glued to the pages.
I have heard LOTS of bad things about the main character: Britt. I had problems with her, however, as she develops throughout the story I found myself liking her more. She’s terribly shallow at first… She said something about being protected by a ‘sexy older man’ that made my inner feminist want to throw up. Britt (and her friend) made me want to cringe and hide quite a few times. But than again, Britt does develop a lot throughout the story. Once she actually starts using her brain, we figure out she’s pretty smart. She thinks for both herself and her friend (that obviously couldn’t do that for herself).
The friend: Korbie. I absolutely loathed her. Last thing I am going to say about her: She’s a horrible friend and so incredibly shallow.
The romance. I still haven’t really made my mind up yet. If you ask me she has a serious case of Stockholm syndrome. I have a hard time believing Britt was falling in love with the guy that kidnaps her. I mean… not cool. On the other hand, the writing was done in such a way that I could understand the attraction a bit (I am seriously banging my head against the wall for saying this… but yes).
All and all I liked Black Ice. But I felt like there might have been a little too much focus on the friendship issues and romance instead of the actual thriller concept. Was the story enjoyable? Yes. But did it blow my mind? Nope. Unfortunately it didn’t.