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Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Young Adult, Thriller, Romance
Ebook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio (400 pages, SIMON & SCHUSTER)
Brit 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?
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.

Author Site: website

An engrossing survival thriller with a few issues... (4 stars)

Loads of buzz about BLACK ICE made me decide that it was a good choice as what I like to think of as the literary equivalent of a palate cleanser. While I read quite a bit of YA, I'm just not normally into thrillers without a paranormal element. This was also my first Fitzpatrick novel and I'm pleased to say it will definitely not be my last.

BLACK ICE was ridiculously engrossing. Even though I had every single attempt at a surprise or twist figured out from the prologue and first chapter, I was on pins and needles waiting to see if I was right. Being a blogger I had the misfortune of having skimmed reviews before I started reading and I'm honestly surprised at the amount of hate both the characters and the plot received.

Britt is a kid, a young adult, who really hasn't known any better about the way she has lived up until this story in her life unfolds. Her decisions are dreadful but that's what made the story so good to me, seeing her realizing that waiting for her father or brother or ex-boyfriend to teach her or rescue her have been bad for her. Through her horrifying ordeal with being kidnapped, held hostage, and so on she must make her own decisions, take huge risks, and ultimately trust herself. To me this is what going from being a sheltered young woman to an adult who can fend for herself is all about. Britt even acknowledges that she's probably feeling Stockholm Syndrome, more than once!

The plot itself feels pretty out there in terms of plausibility but isn't so out there that it's not worthy of a made-for-TV movie. There's a ton of stop-start action, constant threat from both the environment and the characters, making it very satisfying as a survival tale. My only real big issue with the story is that it could have had an excellent ending but then there was an epilogue chapter of sorts that totally ruined it for me. It took the excitement of the thriller plot and the vague movie-ish ending and turned it into a romance. As much as I enjoy a good romantic storyline I felt like it was out of place here.

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Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.

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