backpacking, Becca Fitzpatrick, Black Ice, blizzards, Britt Pfeiffer, Calvin, cruelty, Drama, hiking, Jude, kidnapping, killers, Korbie, Love, Mason, motive, mountains, murder, murder mystery, observation, parenting, psychology, romance, romantic suspense, Shaun, spring break, stockholm syndrome, survival, Teton Mountains, torture, weather, wilderness survival training, Wyoming, YA
Book Review: Black Ice — Becca Fitzpatrick
Seventeen-year-old Britt and her best friend, Korbie, head into the Teton Mountains of Wyoming for spring break, looking forward to a fun-filled week of backpacking, lounging at her friend’s family cabin, and staying out of the way of Korbie’s brother, Calvin, who is also her ex-boyfriend. But when a blizzard strands them on a treacherous mountain road, the girls find themselves knocking on the door of a remote cabin. Inside are two fugitives, who soon take them hostage, and some disturbing evidence that one or both men might be a murderer, linked to a series of murders that occurred in the area. Britt is forced to guide the men through the mountains to safety in exchange for her life. Britt uses her wits, her training and research in backpacking and wilderness survival, her daydreams of Calvin, and a stolen map to stay alive and keep one step ahead of her captors. Against everything she knows, she finds herself falling for Mason, even though she doesn’t trust him. But nothing is as it seems, and as the days go by, Britt is in for some surprises.
Wow. I couldn’t stop reading this book. It was fast-paced, action-packed, and kept me guessing until the very end as I tried to figure out who was the real murderer. The clues are all there, but they are so masterfully woven in that you don’t see the truth. The characters felt real, and the details of the snowy, mountainous terrain put me right there with them. It was very well done. Great job, Becca!