Saturday, 25 April 2015

Becca Fitzpatrick - Black Ice

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Stacey

Britt Pfeiffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trekking trip with her. But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think.

Britt quickly realises that the girls need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, she is forced to guide the boys down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is gorgeous, sexy Mason an enemy or an ally? Tension mounts, and it's only a matter of time before things turn deadly . . .

Dark and adrenaline-filled, Black Ice will have you on the edge of your seat right until the final twist.

I was first intrigued by this book as I haven't read that many thrillers recently and the blurb sounded like my kind of book. 

The beginning of the book is a flash back to an event that happened a year ago, which immediately led me to think that Britt's trip would have something sinister happen. Britt has convinced her best friend Korbie to go on a mountain trekking trip for their spring break, whilst their other friends are sunning in Hawaii. They will be staying at Korbie's parents cabin (Idlewild) in the Teton range but her parents have sent Britt's ex, Calvin, to 'supervise', with Korbie's boyfriend set to join them too.

On the way to the Teton's, Britt & Korbie run into a mega snow storm and become stranded. After the snow gets worse and doesn't clear they decide to go for help and come across a cabin with two inhabitants who offer up their help. To Britt's surprise, one of them is someone she has recently come in contact with. The girls take up their offer of help and enter the cabin, and that's when it starts to go awry. Mason (also known as Ace) and Shaun are not what they first seemed and in fact are on the run from someone, so knowing the girls have been to the Tetons before they force them into helping them off the mountain without being caught - but in fact Korbie is left behind. During the course of the expedition, Britt discovers lots of hidden secrets and becomes ever more scared for her life. She is praying that Calvin will realise they are missing and come looking for them. As the turn of events unfold, Shaun losing his life, and Britt developing feelings for Mason (who is in fact someone completely different) Britt eventually gets away from Mason and finds her way to Idlewild where she is so glad to find Calvin & Korbie. At Idlewild, everything that Britt has discovered finally comes to a head and she finds out exactly what happened on the mountain the year before and whodunnit...

I must say, I  found the story a little far-fetched in places as I couldn't understand how someone under the circumstances that Britt was, could fall in love with someone she thought to be a killer. I did see a softer side to Mason though and I had an inkling who the killer was before it was revealed so it wasn't so much of a shocker to me. Though I found it hard to connect with in places, it was definitely full of drama and it kept me hanging on to find out what happened to the characters. I have to say the prologue was the part I enjoyed the most though. 3 of 5 stars for me.

"I'm thinking about you.". I sighed happily, running my hand over his chest. Only the lightest scars from that night remained. I kissed them softly. To me they weren't imperfections, but a vivid reminder of that dark night we'd shared together. After the darkness comes the light.

You can keep up with Becca and news about her books on her websiteFacebookTwitter, or Goodreads.

Get your copy of Black Ice here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent a copy of this book to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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