Review of Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice cover

Britt Pfeiffer has quite happily let the men in her life protect her. First her dad and older brother, then boyfriend, Calvin. But she is out to change that and convinces her best friend, Korbie, to take a hiking trip for their spring break. Britt is convinced it will impress her ex Calvin who has spent half his life in the mountains. A freak storm hits as the girls are making their way up the mountain. They stumble on a remote cabin and they think they have been saved when two good-looking boys answer the door. Little do they know, they’ve just stepped into a world of trouble.

In the cabin, Mason and Shaun are wanted by the police. And they will exchange Britt’s life for their escape if she helps them off the mountain. She knows right off the bat that Shaun is dangerous. He has an unflinching and aggressive nature that shoots fear up her spine. But Mason…she can’t read. He seems angry and dangerous, but hints at something underneath that could make him a potential ally.

Armed with Calvin’s map he has spent years adding to, Britt uses what knowledge she has to try and get everyone out alive. The trio face bitter cold and unrelenting snow as they slowly trudge their way down. But something darker lurks in the forest and everything Britt thinks she knows is about to be shot to smithereens.

Okay, it just has to be said right away, that this book is amazing. Absolutely amazing. I loved Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series and this is so different but still brilliant.

Britt is a remarkable character. I liked her straight away and really felt for her. Here is a girl who has been sheltered her entire life but makes the decision to step out of her comfort zone…okay, it’s to impress a boy, it becomes the catalyst that will change her entire life. Korbie…I could have left on that mountain if I’m being honest. And Mason…he’s harder than rubix cube to solve but that was half the fun.

Black Ice is nothing like I thought it would be. It was pulse-pounding and pretty agonising to read as I chewed on my fingernails. Seriously, it was the kind of book where I had to force myself to stop reading otherwise it would be a 4 a.m. job until I finished it.

Reviewed by Pamela.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending us a copy to review.