Genres: Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: 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?
I have a soft spot for Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series so when I saw this book I knew I wanted to pick it up with no questions asked. I did eventually learn what it would be about and got even more excited to read it. I was like, “wow. This will be different!” but I was ready to give it a go. After Alexa sent a copy my way (she really is the best) I started a long suspenseful journey. After going to one of Becca’s signings I needed to finish it as fast as possible. Still took me a while due to other commitments but I must say that although she didn’t have me fooled she did keep me on the edge of my seat with suspense. The question wasn’t who did it for me? The question was how and when would the truth come out?
A fun trip, a little hiking, making her ex wish he had her back a little is all Britt was hoping for when her and her best friend head up into the snow covered mountains. She isn’t expected to be stranded, held hostage, and forced to piece together old murders in hopes to make it off the mountain alive. Unfortunately for Britt that is exactly what she gets. Fortunately for us we get to watch the mystery that is Black Ice unfold. Can Britt outsmart the sexy/potentially psycho murders? Can she save herself and her bestie? Can she keep her good judgment in tact? Or will she trust the wrong person? Make poor decisions? Be the next dead girl left on the mountain just waiting to be discovered? The questions are endless and Britt and her actions are both gratifying and disappointing all at different times.
Britt started out as a girl wanting to prove herself to her ex-boyfriend. She was perfectly content in life letting everyone look out for her but she was going to show everyone she could hike this mountain. It was simple really. A little physical exertion and she would show them. Her best friend was more like a frenemy and I actually really did not care for her. Her biggest concern about their friendship? Always being better than Britt. Then Britt had to be stronger than she thought she could be. She had to figure out how to take care of herself. I liked that she was confident in her ability to get through her situation. She could be so clever in her scheme to outsmart her kidnappers but so very unobservant and clueless at other times. In her situation I could see why it might be so hard to come to certain conclusions but at one point you are like, “come on! You know! Trust that gut.” You wait for her to have the ah-ha moment.
Although, not as mysterious as one would think Black Ice was still pretty amazing! It was still suspenseful and shocking. No matter how much you see coming it is still up in your face like “ahhh this is really happening!” Black Ice is a thriller so it definitely had its creep factor going on with the deaths, the kidnapping, and the potential of more deaths. It was not over done though. After all of that you wouldn’t think it but it still had it’s funny, sweet, and dare I say romantic moments. I very much fell in love with one of the characters and found much respect for Britt and her journey.