REVIEWED BY DAVID M. KINCHEN
Becca Fitzpatrick’s “Black Ice” (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 400 pages, $19.99) is clearly aimed at young readers — especially young women readers — but it’s so well written that older readers can enjoy it too. If they’re parents of teens and twentysomethings, they might even learn what their kids really think of them!
Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range in northwestern Wyoming, using skills taught to her by her recently ex-boyfriend, Calvin Versteeg, and she brings along her best friend Korbie Versteeg, Cal’s sister. On the way to a mountain home owned by Korbie’s family, Britt’s Jeep Wrangler gets stuck on a snow covered highway. Snow wasn’t in the forecast, but it forces drastic changes in the plans of the two spring breakers.
The two high school seniors, only months away from graduation at their Idaho high school, manage to seek refuge in a cabin, accepting the hospitality of the cabin’s two very handsome residents, Shaun and Mason.
It isn’t long before they discover that Shaun and Mason are on the run from the police. The two girls are suddenly hostages, miles away from Idlewilde, the Versteeg lodge. Three young women have been murdered in the area and Britt believes that the two men may have something to do with the crimes.
Britt’s knowledge of the area impresses the two kidnappers and they, especially 21-year-old Mason (if that’s his real name), decide to use Britt’s wilderness skills to get off the mountain. Britt doesn’t tell Mason that she’s in posession of a detailed map of the area, created by Cal Versteeg.
Britt quickly learns that nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? Is she’s falling in love with him, or could it just be another manifestation of the Stockholm Syndrome?
About the author
Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. She lives in Colorado with her family. Her website: http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com