Book Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Posted 11/16/2014 by alicemarvels in Thriller
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick Review

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
 
Release Date: October 7, 2014
 
Page Count: 392
 

PROS:

thrilling danger and survivalist moments; interesting character dynamics
 

CONS:

major suspension of disbelief required; TSTL tendencies in Britt and Korbie
 
BOTTOM LINE

A thrilling, but incredibly problematic romantic suspense.

Becca Fitzpatrick’s Black Ice is a thriller that would almost be at home on the romantic suspense shelf next to a Linda Howard novel. Set in contemporary Wyoming, the story follows Britt and her best friend Korbie as they run into trouble during a snow storm on their way to Korbie’s parents’ cabin. Seeking shelter, the girls stumble upon Mason and Shaun, two guys who have their own reasons for escaping to the snowy Teton Range.

Britt and Korbie are soon thrown into the most dangerous night of their lives, and Britt has to keep her wits about her and learn to protect herself, something she’s never had to do in her cloistered safe life. She’s always depended on the men in her life—her brother, her father, her boyfriend Calvin—to step up and take care of her. Part of the reason Black Ice is so enjoyable is that it is suspenseful, full of cool survivalist moments, and it carries enough mystery to keep the reader on edge. Unfortunately I guessed the truth very early in the story so I was just waiting for the pieces to fall into place. That being said, I did enjoy the ride.

What truly makes Black Ice a 3 star read instead of higher is Fitzpatrick’s insistence on making the love interests so abusive and deadly to Britt. If Britt had survived her ordeal, learned to fight for herself, and then given a big middle finger to everyone who ever hurt her, moving on her with her life, I would have loved this book. But, as so many romantic suspense novels tend to do, Black Ice makes monsters into love interests, turns Stockholm Syndrome into flirtation, and trauma into a prolonged, intense first date of sorts. While it was a suspenseful ride, I found the relationships hard to swallow, and Britt and Korbie’s behavior beyond stupid. Only dumb luck could have resulted in the HEA after trauma we are presented with. I recommend reading Black Ice if you like suspenseful survivalist tales and can stomach frustrating romances.

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12 Comments


  1.  

    I’m a big romantic suspense fan, and I must admit that your review got my attention. Black Ice has been a bit of a conundrum for me, since I’ve been reading polarizing reviews. I think I’d like to give this one a chance, anyway despite your problems. But I understand where you’re coming from. There’s just so many things that are wrong with how relationships are portrayed in Fitzpatrick’s books.

    Lovely review!




  2.  

    Sorry the love interest didn’t work for you in this but I am glad you liked the other aspects of it at least.




  3.  

    I had some problems with this one too. I didn’t even get into the relationships in my review — the plotting just gave me some problems. But, I do agree, it would have been nice if she didn’t have to fall in love with every guy (no matter how horrible) that crossed her path. I try to tell myself that it’s just how teens are — but I’m not sure I buy that. Thanks for the great thoughts!




  4.  

    Like you, I guessed the truth very early on, but I had no idea how things would play out, and that kept me on the edge of my seat. I also understand why the romantic interest made you uncomfortable. It honestly could have gone either way for me, but for some unknown reason, I ended up going with it and it worked splendidly. I still can’t quite explain why I liked this book as much as I did, except that sometimes heart and brain go in different directions.




  5.  

    Oh does not sound good, but I think I’ll wait to see where she goes with it before I totally pass on the series. Yep, waiting for book 2 reviews before I commit. Brilly review!




  6.  

    The library does have it for once




  7.  

    Yep yep and yep. I had many of the same feelings about this one and I too guessed the culprit early on so it lost momentum. I did like the mystery and I think I enjoyed it just touch more because I listened to it and the narrator is excellent. Totally hated the romance and Korbie.




  8.  

    I’m sorry the romance did not work out for you, but I’m glad the suspense kept you turning the pages for the most part. I loved the on the edge-of-your-seat feel she created and the romance just worked for me, though I understand how it could not be for everyone.




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  9.  

    I wasn’t as put off by the relationships as you were (well the relationship with Mason anyway), but I agree that the romance wasn’t entirely necessary. It was such a strong mystery on its own, and I think would have been strong without her feelings for Mason (that’s his name right? It’s been a while since I read this!). Glad you enjoyed this for the most part though!!!




  10.  

    I keep taking this on and off my wishlist, I love your alternate ending. I love romantic suspense but I may end up being just as annoyed by the romantic aspects as you Lauren.




  11.  

    I feel like some books would be SO much better if they just left out the romance. This does seem like a book that could have been more “girl power”. thanks for your honest thoughts though!! 🙂





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