ICE COLD by Tess Gerritsen

Book Quote:

“Something had caused the previous occupants of this settlement to flee, leaving doors unlocked, windows open, and meals uneaten. Something so terrible it had caused them to abandon cherished pets to cold and starvation. Was it still here, the thing that drove them from this place? Or was there nothing at all there except her own dark fantasies, born of fear and isolation?”

Book Review:

Review by Eleanor Bukowsky (JUL 1, 2010)

In Tess Gerritsen’s Ice Cold, forty-two year old medical examiner Maura Isles is heartbroken. She is in a relationship with Daniel Brophy, a Catholic priest. However, their year-long affair has not brought either of them much happiness. Daniel is reluctant to give up his calling, and Maura is frustrated with his inability to make up his mind. After spending the night together, they part. Maura flies from Boston to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to attend a medical conference. There, she meets a former classmate, pathologist Doug Comley, who is divorced and has a thirteen year-old-daughter, Grace. He asks Maura to accompany him and his friends on a trip to a cross-country ski lodge. She agrees, but soon regrets her decision. Doug loses his way in the snowy landscape, and they end up stranded. When Daniel and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli do not hear from Maura and are unable to contact her, they fear that something terrible has happened.

Ice Cold is an action-packed thrill ride with intriguing characters we care about. Maura is courageous but realistic; she knows that if she is not rescued soon, she will probably die in this frozen wilderness. Jane and her husband, Gabriel Dean, an ex-Marine and an FBI agent, are determined to find their friend, but they will face obstacles more formidable than the horrendous weather. Meanwhile, Daniel is wracked with guilt over the way he has treated the woman he loves, especially when he realizes that he may never see her again. This is a story about survival in the wilderness under extreme conditions, the limits of romantic love, and the dangers of bending one’s will to a charismatic cult leader. Jeremiah Goode has created a sect with hundreds of followers who slavishly adhere to his decrees, some of which are rather repellant. Maura’s struggle to survive will become interconnected with the fate of Goode and his supporters.

Gerritsen maintains suspense by shifting back and forth from Maura’s travails to Jane and Gabriel Dean’s efforts to save her. Unexpectedly, Maura discovers that she is being shadowed, but who is following her and what does he want? The conclusion, which is a humdinger, includes one or two surprising twists and turns. Gerritsen has written an absorbing and chilling story that will keep readers turning pages well into the night.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-4-5from 169 readers
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
REVIEWER: Tess Gerritsen
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Tess Gerritsen
EXTRAS: Excerpt
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July 1, 2010 В· Judi Clark В· No Comments
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