Wednesday, August 11, 2010
[Book Review] ICE COLD by Tess Gerritsen
Beth reviews ICE COLD: A RIZZOLI & ISLES NOVEL by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, 2010).
I truly enjoy a good mystery and this one was a shocker at the end! Even with me listening to Tess Gerritsen's “warning” on WYPL’s BookTalk that the end was not what I expected, I was still clueless!
For those not familiar with Rizzoli & Isles here is a brief description:
Rizzoli: Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli, mother to an infant and wife of FBI agent Gabriel Dean.
Isles: Forty-two year old Boston Medical Examiner Maura Isles who is in a forbidden relationship with Priest Daniel Brophy.
Isles heads to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a forensic conference and runs into an old college friend who invites her to join him, his daughter, and friends on a weekend ski outing before they all fly home. Isles, upset with Daniel, accepts and so begins a weekend she’ll never forget.
When their SUV stalls out on a snow-covered road in the mountains, they seek shelter in the only available place--Kingdom Come. Twelve identical houses with no electricity, running water, or “comforts of home,” but all stocked with provisions for the winter, sit empty. But, things are not right—pets are found dead, meals sit ready to eat on tables, and cars are parked in garages. Where are the people who lived here? Why do Maura and her friends feel watched?
The local police find a charred SUV in a ravine with bodies inside. An identification of one of the bodies is made—Maura Isles is dead. Jane, Maura’s friend, and Daniel, Maura’s lover, seek answers in Wyoming…if only there were easy answers. The investigation delves into the community of Kingdom Come, its leader and followers, and the towns around it. What secrets lie in the snow? What was Maura’s fate?
This book fills you with dread as you read, continually knowing that something is not right. If only you could put your finger on it—and every time you think you’ve got it, Tess Gerritsen throws another clue in your path, leading you away from the truth.
WARNING: Tess Gerritsen’s books are very graphic in nature due to the violence that unfolds during these novels. Not for the faint of heart!
Want to listen to Tess Gerritsen talk about her books, Ice Cold, and the TV show? Check out the WYPL Booktalk podcast.
Interested in the TV series on TNT aptly titled Rizzoli & Isles? Visit www.tnt.tv/series/rizzoliandisles.
Beth, Highland Branch