Black Ice is the enthralling romantic thriller by Becca Fitzpatrick.
Britt has been training to backpack across the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who she can’t seem to get over, wants to join her. Britt thinks the backpacking journey will help her explore her feelings for Calvin… But then an unexpected blizzard forces her to shelter in a remote cabin and accept the hospitality of its two handsome occupants. What Britt doesn’t know is that these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.
In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. Harsh conditions and rough terrain makes the journey dangerous, but when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there, she realises that 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 unexpected kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy, or an ally?
Becca Fitzpatrick is honestly one of my favourite authors ever. For those of you who don’t know, Becca wrote the Hush Hush series, which is one of my absolute favourites. Even though I loved reading the Hush Hush series, I was a little nervous to read Black Ice. The reason why I was a nervous was because I love the Hush Hush series so much, and I really hoped this book would live up to my expectations. I cannot tell you how much I loved reading this book! It had everything that a good book needs: suspense, romance and spine-tingling creepiness. I was captured in the gripping plot from the very start and this book had me on the edge of my seat for the whole time. The characters were incredibly well written, the plot was thrilling and the overall pace of the book was perfect. I couldn’t have wished for a more captivating read.
The characters in this book are not at all one-dimensional and each character is unique in their own way. These people felt so real, like I could reach inside the pages and pull out a living, breathing person. Each character felt so alive. Though at the same time, I didn’t know who I could trust. I was suspicious as to which person was telling the truth and I changed my mind about characters multiple times throughout the book. One minute, I’d feel safe around the person. The next, I’d doubt whether this person was being completely honest. When another piece of information was revealed, I’d be forced to change my mind about the characters yet again. This was one of my favourite aspects of the book. I was glued to the pages, trying to figure out which person I could trust. I realised that every character had secrets and I was fascinated to learn more about each character.
I loved Britt as a main character. She was quick-thinking, incredibly brave and persistent. I know that a few times during the course of the book, Britt felt like she had no hope and started to doubt whether she would survive. I normally don’t like characters doubting themselves in books because I find it really annoying, but this time it really worked for the storyline and made Britt even more believable as a character. My favourite character of this book is definitely Mason. I never knew where I stood with him and I constantly doubted whether I could trust him or not. I loved learning the secrets of his mysterious past.
I really enjoyed being taken on a journey through the harsh conditions of the mountain and the descriptions of this place were amazing. I could feel the chill of the bitter wind seeping through my clothes. I could easily picture the rugged terrain and snow falling on the mountainside. Becca’s descriptions were both beautiful and heart stopping. Another aspect of this book that I loved was the flashbacks Britt had about her and Calvin. I don’t usually enjoy lots of flashbacks in a novel, but these flashbacks were exciting to read and not just a page-filler.
I really loved reading this book and I definitely recommend it to everyone. There wasn’t one single thing that I didn’t like about this book. It’s rare for me to give a book a score of 10 out of 10, but I think Black Ice definitely deserves it. I’d give Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick a score of 10 out of 10. I can’t wait to see what Becca writes next!
A huge thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review!