RYAR Review: BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick

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BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 7, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Provided by: Publisher
Rating: 5 stars


This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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 did not expect a chilling, suspenseful thriller when I picked up Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE. But that’s what I got. The very first chapter gave me the heebie jeebies. It was creepy and disturbing and awesome. It made me want to keep reading. And I did. I could not set this one down until I turned the last page.

This is quite the departure from the author’s Hush, Hush series. It’s much darker and more disturbing. Readers expecting more of what she delivered in that series will be quite surprised. While there is a touch of romance in this book, it’s much more about the tension and suspense, the fear of capture, the fear of death, the fear of not knowing who can be trusted.

Even if readers are able to correctly guess who is evil and who is not, this story will still be a nail-biter. Because it’s not just the kidnappers and killers that are the enemies, the environment and climate are. Set during a snowstorm, on a freezing mountain, the story’s backdrop adds to the drama, making for an incredibly exciting read.

The author did a fantastic job with the mystery aspect to the story. She created doubt. She kept me guessing. She made me question certain characters’ motives. And while I may have felt certain I was correct, I couldn’t be sure until much later in the story.

She also did a great job with the romance, which had to be a challenge. It had to make sense, it had to be believable. And for me it was.

The tone of the story was set right from the start and it held for the entire read. The intro was shocking, a touch horrifying and the perfect way to begin this wildly entertaining novel.

Fast-paced and riveting, BLACK ICE is a must for fans of the genre and for readers who love an electrifying and spine-tingling story.

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