A review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick…
Book: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 392 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult/ Thriller
Age Recommendation: 15+
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
‘”Go to hell.” “Sorry, love, but we’re already there.”‘
Britt Pfeiffer has never been the adventurous type, but that’s about to change. In the hope of impressing her ex-boyfriend, Britt decides to take a trip hiking in the mountains. When a freak storm leaves her and her best friend stranded, the two girls seek shelter in a lonely cabin where they find two knights in shining armour. Or so they think. It doesn’t take long for Britt to realise that they need to get off the mountain – fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide the boys down the mountains through the cold and snow. The only way to escape with her life is to pretend she is on their side. But is the gorgeous, mysterious Mason an enemy or an ally? It is only a matter of time before things turn deadly.
I had read somewhere that Black Ice would fill “the Gone Girl shaped whole in my heart” and knew that this was a book I needed in my life. As a big fan of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series, I was very excited to start reading Black Ice but from the very first page it became clear that this story would be very different.
I don’t often read darker novels but I am very happy that I read this one. The characters are brilliant. I found Britt a little annoying at first but her character development is great and I found myself really enjoying seeing her progress into a much stronger, independent woman. Shawn and Mason are very mysterious and actually made me feel really uneasy to the point that I became really nervous for Britt. And then there is Calvin.. he never failed to surprise me.
My favourite part of Black Ice is the mystery. What happened to the girls that went missing? Who is Mason? Why is Shawn so desperate to get to safety? And why doesn’t he know his way around his own cabin?! I just couldn’t get enough of it. I admit, I had already worked out the answer to one of these questions a long time before Britt did. I was worried at the time that I had sort of ruined it for myself. As it turns out, the author had a much bigger surprise in store!!!
Black Ice took me a while to get through despite it being much shorter than the books I am normally reading. This is mainly because, at first, I was too scared to read it before bed and had to keep taking breaks to watch something funny. However, by the time I was half way through, there was no putting this book down! This isn’t a relaxing read. Black Ice is fast paced, adrenaline filled and full of dark twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page.