Review – Black Ice
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  • February 15, 2014

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Black Ice is a standalone Mystery/Thriller novel  written by Becca Fitzpatrick. The novel releases October 7, 2014 from Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers. I was fortunate enough to get a bound manuscript very early.

Britt Pffeifer has always been in love with Calvin Versteeg, even eight months after he ended their secret relationship. Now, as a senior in high school, she wants to prove to him that she can survive without him in every way. To that end she and her best friend Korbie, his spoiled younger sister, plan a backpacking trip in the Teton Range to Idlewilde, the grand Versteeg cabin. She has trained for a year for this and she is prepared for everything until a chance snowstorm strands them on the road.

Terrified of the elements Britt convinces Korbie to abandon the car. The first shelter they find is occupied by two young men with a surprise in store for them. They soon discover that Shaun and Mason are on the run from the police when they are taken hostage. What follows next is a frantic mix of high-stakes action and cerebral characterization.

I tend to not like this genre for its predictability. However, I devoured Black Ice over a two-day period. It’s a mercurial blend of nail-biting action and romantic trust gambles. Therefore, I couldn’t put it down. The paths that seem oh-so wrong are oh-so right, and the path that Fitzpatrick lures the reader along is powerful. This is an impressive book with a riotous, rapid-paced, adrenaline-laden pulse. I lost my breath several times trying to keep up.

What I liked was the way that Fitzpatrick told this story. Since Britt is recovering from heartbreak without proper closure much of the book emphasizes this. As such Britt copes with her current terrible reality with memories of the past. She and Calvin had a tumultuous relationship and this story is primarily told in flashbacks. Not all of them are good, in fact many of them are bittersweet. However, it serves as a great coping mechanism to remind her to do one crucial thing – survive.

Fantastic. Gruesome. Intense. Heart-stopping.

5 out of 5 stars.

– BP

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