By: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pub. Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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 was a really interesting and quick read. While a few things didn’t make sense to me, I still really enjoyed this one. Britt and her best friend, Kolbie are spending their spring break in the mountains, instead of on the beach with the rest of their friends. On the way to the cabin, their truck gets stuck and they found themselves at the home of Shaun and Mason. Turns out the two young men are fugitives and they take Britt and Kolbie hostage.
I really loved Britt. She was so strong and smart. She was going to do whatever she had to do to save her friend which I found really admirable. I thought her relationship with Mason was very interesting. One of the reasons I kept turning the page so quickly was I had to know what Mason’s story was. He didn’t seem like he was evil, but then he would turn around and say something that made you change your mind. The mystery surrounding him definitely made the story for me!
I loved the mystery surrounding the killings. It wasn’t until the end when I started to realize who the killer actually was and about 50% in when I started to figure out what Mason’s deal was. The author did a wonderful job with this.
Britt’s dad seemed involved in her life, so I didn’t understand why a father would allow his daughter and her best friend to go hiking in basically abandoned mountains where 1. Girls have been found dead around the surrounding areas and no one knows who killed them 2) no one is around to help the girls if something happens and 3. Skilled hikers have died on these same mountains!!!! My parents would have never let me go, especially if I was in high school. Actually, they still would try to get me not to go and I’m an adult!
Despite that, I really enjoyed Black Ice. I love that it was a standalone as well. Becca Fitzpatrick is a terrific author, and I can’t wait to read what’s next from her!