I read this book as an Advance Readers Copy sent to the bookstore I worked at over the summer. I had read Hush, Hush a few years ago (another book by Becca Fitzpatrick) and remember feeling pretty neutral towards it- not bad, not great.
This book was similar to Hush, Hush in that it is a relatively dark, young adult novel that left me not sure whether I had really enjoyed it or not.
The plot itself is interesting- Britt, a teenage girl, is trapped on a mountain and kidnapped by two young men that need her help to escape during a raging storm. One of the men, from the start, is obviously bad, but the other Britt is not sure about. My main issue was with this part of the storyline. It got to be a bit predictable and cliche, although I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Woven into the story of the journey down the mountain is the mystery about the murders that took place in the area. Here there are definitely some unexpected twists. From the beginning, Fitzpatrick has readers wondering about how the murders are connected to the kidnappers, and this is where I was forced to re-evaluate my guesses a few times throughout the course of the book.
Overall, Black Ice isn’t an amazing book, but it’s not a waste of time either. It’s the type of book you know from reading the back cover whether you’ll enjoy it or not.
Why I picked it up: The plot seemed interesting enough and I recognized the author’s name.
Why I finished it: While not fantastic, it drew me in enough that I needed to know how it all turned out.
Who I’d recommend it to: It is definitely aimed at teens, particularly those that enjoy a thriller book infused with some romance.
This book comes out on October 7th, 2014.