ARC Review : Black Ice

Black Ice
Title : Black Ice
Author : Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating : 4.5 Stars!!!
Paperback, 392 pages
Expected publication: October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
Source copy : From the author *big hug*

Synopsis : 

Britt Phieffer has never been that adventurous, but that's about to change. Wanting to impress her ex-boyfriend, Britt convinces best friend, Korbie, to take a trip with her and go trekking through the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming.
But when a freak storm leaves the girls stranded they seek shelter in a cabin, and find two knights in shining armour, Shaun and Mason, who are also hiding out.

But all is not as it seems, and Britt quickly discovers that the guys are there for reasons other than hiking…dangerous reasons that mean they need to get off the mountain, fast. In exchange for her life, Britt is forced to guide them down, and as they set out on a harrowing journey through the cold and snow, Britt realises the only way to get out of this alive is to pretend she is on their side.

But playing nice is hard, especially when Britt is unsure whether Mason, gorgeous and sexy, is the enemy or an ally. And as she begins to lose track of who is in control it is only a matter of time before things turn deadly…

Source : Goodreads

"I was frightened and desperate and cold, and to my amazement, I actually wanted to believe him." 
- Britt

Black Ice infinitely gave me the spice that I craved for from beginning to end. Imagine it as a crime-filled novel mixed with mystery and dark romance. The atmosphere that was created in Black Ice is not just cold or icy, it is ultimately mouth quivering. From the beginning of the book, it's already raving with so much imagery of the cabin. I loved the feeling of being inside the cabin along with the characters. The danger creeping inside them was artistically satisfying. Even the still whiteness of the blizzard surrounding them is unique. 

In the middle of Black Ice is the most thrilling part. Britt is at one's wit's end. She's oblivious whether she should try Mason or not. Given that Mason shows a slight generosity and sympathy, Britt still can't figure him out. That's the point that I ultimately love. It's the idea of tracing the pieces of the puzzles of a person based on their actions. Mix it with a mystery of solving the true cold blooded killer, Becca Fitzpatrick executed her characters amazingly. And really, you won't believe who's the killer. It's crazy cool in such a way.

One thing that I noticed with Mason is how he pay attention to people. To Shaun, Korbie, Calvin and Britt, he effortlessly sees the tiny details of them. The way they decide and how do they do it, Mason doesn't bluff about it exactly. He just knew how people react. And that's the point where he comes up with a right move and time on what he'll do next to persuade them. Next is the way he unravels his true identity to Britt. It takes a lot of courage for a man to reveal himself for a lady he knew for a short amount of time. It feels like there will be a winner and a sole loser for letting their feelings easily to slip down. But Mason risked all of that. And I won't include in these post on what's the real identity of Mason. I'm a good soul, I won't spoil any of it. 

Lastly, the cat and mouse chase for the REAL killer. I liked how Becca Fitzpatrick created a character that is willing to obliterate almost anyone just because of its sick, absurd and twisted mind of some sort. She created a killer with a perfect mask on. It was splendid and deadly.

Black Ice is truly a kind of book you'll finish with just one sitting. Well, as for me it definitely is. You'll be insanely entertained with its twisted murderous chapters alongside with enraging passion of two entirely different characters. This is definitely the right book you should start reading for October, it will totally sum up all your fears and secret emotions.