Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Review: Black Ice

Black Ice
Title: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 392
Genre: Young Adult Thriller/Mystery
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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 is one of the best thrillers I have seen in the young adult genre in a long time.
The first thing that grabbed me in this story was the main character Brit. In a lot of thrillers these days the hostage is almost always a damsel in distress. In this case that is not true. Brit is a brave, strong, smart girl. After years of depending on everyone around her she finally realizes that she can take care of herself. The book takes place on the mountain while Brit is held hostage but through out the book you get flashbacks to Brit's life back home of her with her best friend and ex boyfriend. I really did not like Brit's friend and ex boyfriend but I could see how they were necessary to Brit's story/development. This really helped put things in perspective and really helped make Brit a fully crafted character. She really appealed to me as a character and that made the story so much more enjoyable for me.  I understood Brit and I became invested with her and had to see what happened.
There is a romance in the book that also adds a little steaminess and tension to the novel. I know some people have had a problem with the romance since they have seen it as Stockholm Syndrome but I personally did not see it that way. Not everybody in the book is as they seem. Brit also does fight her feelings for most of the book. I enjoyed the romance a lot and became invested in their story.
The story itself is crazy intense and good. There was so much suspense I literally could not put the book down. Fitzpatrick also did a great job of making the story complex, suspenseful, and thrilling without it being over the top. Sometime thrillers get too caught up in the mystery and end up leaving the characters and development behind making it a little too Hollywood and not real life. Fitzpatrick was able to avoid this by balancing the mystery with adding the aspects of a contemporary novel at parts when it came to the characters and their backstories. It was very realistic and well written. It kept my heart racing the whole time as I struggled to figure out who was good and bad.That leads into another thing I liked about the book. Nothing is fully revealed until the end of the book and because of this through the story you cannot tell who is good and bad. You find yourself trusting a character and then the next moment you second guess yourself thinking they are a killer. This really kept me on my toes and made me race towards the finish. When I started the book I did not expect the mystery to unravel the way it did. There is also a very nice epilogue that helps wrap everything up and give you closure.
Black Ice is a must read for any fan of mysteries/thrillers in the young adult world. The book was suspenseful, intense, inventive, and I loved the aspect of survival on the mountain.

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