Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

October 17, 2014 4.5 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 18 ★★★★½

Review: Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickBlack Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 392
Source: Publisher

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick is a thriller, and one you won’t be able to put down easily. This is a – do not read in the middle of the night in your empty house – kind of book. If your only free hours of the day happen to be late at night like mine though, you’ve been warned. I found myself getting so caught up in the story, that when my cat jumped up on my bed I almost had a minor heart attack. That being said, I think anyone who enjoys a good mystery will love this.

The story is about Britt Pfeiffer, a teenage girl who is determined to backpack the Teton Range on her spring break. She brings along her best friend, whose family (conveniently) owns a cabin called Idlewilde, in Grand Teton National Park. Becca Fitzpatrick writes so vividly, you’ll have a hard time NOT imagining the snow-covered mountains for yourself. What starts off as a spring break trip, quickly escalates into a kidnapping that involves two men who are wanted and on the run.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was seeing Britt’s character evolve from the start of the book to the end. Before going on this trip, she lived at home with her dad and her older brother, who constantly did everything for her. Over the years she had become so dependent on them doing everything for her, that she started to lean on men in general, whether it was her family or a boy she was dating.  Her experiences in the mountains force her to use her own critical thinking and logic, to get her out of numerous dangerous situations.

If I didn’t already give it away at the start of this review, I have to say I loved this book! As someone who reads constantly, sometimes I find myself getting bored and falling into a reading slump. About two weeks ago before I received this book, that’s where I was at. Every book I started to read wasn’t holding my interest, and I felt like I was reading the same recycled ideas and themes. Black Ice broke me out of that slump though and was the first book I’ve read by Becca Fitzpatrick. Overall I was extremely impressed by her writing, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!


Reviewed by the lovely Emily!


My name’s Emily and I’m a 21 year old college student.  I’m studying business and english, with the hopes of getting into editing and publishing when I graduate.  I live in Wisconsin and when I’m not busy cramming for exams or working, I’m reading books at an alarming rate, or writing.  I also enjoy photography and camping with my family. I love reading all types of books, but my favorite is fantasy!

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18 Responses to “Review: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick”

    • Emily Alfano

      I would give it a try! I’ve been reading alot outside of my typical genre favorites these days, and sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone turns out to be a rewarding experience! This week I’ve been trying sci-fi! Hope you enjoy Black Ice if you get a chance to read it!

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Ooh, I’m glad you liked this one so much! I’d seen so many negative reviews lately. 😐 But I’m still super curious. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Hush, Hush, lol…but in the end, I really liked her style. XD Definitely giving this a go someday.
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    • Emily Alfano

      You know what’s weird, I saw some of those negative reviews lately too! And I was actually shocked! I understand some people weren’t happy with the main character Britt, because at first in the book she didn’t represent a very strong female character, but I thought that’s what was so interesting about the book! Over time, we got to see her grow into a very strong and independent female character in Black Ice. I have not read “Hush Hush” yet; is it good? This is my first experience reading Becca Fitzpatrick! I hope if you get a chance tor read Black Ice you enjoy it! Let me know if you do!
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  2. Becky LeJeune

    I really liked BLACK ICE. I wasn’t a fan of HUSH, HUSH (my sister loved it) so I wasn’t at all sure what to expect with this new one, but it was definitely more my kind of read! I read it almost in one sitting. We can call it one, right? Technically I only put it down long enough to eat and change rooms 🙂
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    • Emily Alfano

      And here I thought I devoured “Black Ice!” I read it in two sittings, but one sitting is quite impressive! I have heard good things on “Hush, Hush” but I really want to meet Becca Fitzpatrick and have her sign “Black Ice”! I was super impressed! thanks for checking out my review Becky!
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  3. Kirsty-Marie

    I haven’t heard much good about it (so far) so glad to see such a positive one, I love a good thriller and the creepier the better really. 😉 Glad to hear the character development was good though. Glad you enjoyed it, Emily! 🙂
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  4. Molly Mortensen

    Nice to meet you Emily! 🙂 Congrats at getting out of your slump. I hadn’t heard good things about this book, so it was nice to hear from someone who liked it. I’ve never read Fitzpatrick before, I started Hush Hush once but wasn’t in the right mood. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Yeah, animals have terrible timing when it comes to tense times in books. I swear they sense it!
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  5. Emily Alfano

    Oh really? i thought the romance was cute! although it is a bit of a stockholm case, depending on how you look at it. I liked mason though! but i can understand why some people didn’t care for this aspect of the book. and YES! her writing is great! definitely painted a picture for me as i was reading it! glad you enjoyed it as well!
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