Bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick has shown us a world filled with guardian angels in her Hush, Hush saga and now she is taking us hiking through a blizzard in her latest novel Black Ice. Britt is still healing from her breakup with Calvin and has decided the best way to get over him, or maybe to win him back, is to go backpacking through the Tetons. She has been training all year for this adventure and is planning to go with her bestfriend Korbie, who is also Calvin’s little sister. As the two set out for Korbie’s family cabin, they get caught in a terrible blizzard. The two girls start walking in the snow and it doesn’t take long for them to become cold and wet. Stumbling upon a small cabin Britt and Korbie ask the two boys staying there if they can spend the night. Things take an ugly turn and the girls find themselves being held hostage by two fugitives. Now Britt is forced to lead them off the mountain. She continues to have hope that someone will rescue her since she knows that her ex-boyfriend is on the mountain too. As she keeps trekking down she uncovers evidence of a serial killer and begins to suspect the killer is on the mountain and looking for her.
Fitzpatrick has created an intense YA thriller that will have you chilled to the bone. The twists and turns of the plot were suspenseful and created a fast pace. I like that Britt realized that in order to live she had to rely on herself, not the men in her life, to save her. She is determined, resourceful and she refuses to give up even when facing extreme fear and weather. I liked that this book is so drastically different from Fitzpatrick’s other novels. If you are looking for a new thriller to read, this is an excellent choice.