Title: Ice Cold
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Crime
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
A spur-of-the-moment ski trip becomes a bone-chilling nightmare when a wrong turn leaves Boston medical examiner Maura Isles marooned — far from home and help — in the snowbound Wyoming mountains. Seeking shelter from the cold, she and her traveling companions stumble upon Kingdom Come — a remote village of identical houses that seems to have become a ghost town overnight. But the abandoned hamlet has dark secrets to tell, and Maura’s party may not be as alone as they think. Days later, word reaches Boston homicide cop Jane Rizzoli that Maura’s charred remains have been found at the scene of a car crash. But the shocking news leaves Jane with too many questions, and only one way to get answers. Determined to dig up the truth, she heads for the frozen desolation of Kingdom Come, where gruesome discoveries lie buried, and a ruthless enemy watches and waits.
I really loved this book. I was starting to get a little bit bored with the series, to be honest, but Maura’s adventures in the snow made everything seem a little bit new and exciting.
The dual narratives running side-by-side (Maura’s side of things and Jane’s attempts to figure out what’s going on) probably helped with my interest level. I find their relationship a little bit flat in the books compared to the television series, and I have a hard time believing their friendship when I’m reading. Or maybe it’s just that they seem to have more fundamental differences in their book iterations? I don’t know. Either way, I found everything to flow a bit more smoothly when they were working separately for most of this book.
I also really fell in the love with the new character introduced by Maura’s adventures. I hope that he comes up again in future books!