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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thin Ice: Irene Hannon

By Kelly Bridgewater

Synopsis:

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

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My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Irene Hannon's romantic suspense. I love the cover for her latest book, Thin Ice. Being an avid hockey fan, I was hoping the story would have something to do with hockey, but it has to do with an ex-figure skater. Thin Ice has the action, bad guy wanting to seek revenge, and the underplay of the romance that is expected from a romantic suspense novel.

While the action starts on the first page, I kept flipping through the pages wanting to see how the story played out. The action started off pretty fast, but then it slowed down a lot in the middle, but kicked back up at the end of the story. With the passing of my father, it took longer than usual for me to find my way through the book.

As for the characters, I really enjoyed returning to the story of Lance McGregor. He made an appearance in Buried Secrets, the first book in the Men of Valor series. I was happy to hear more of his story and learn more about his personality. Thin Ice makes him more of a realistic character that I really enjoyed learning more about. As for the heroine, Christy Reed, I would have liked to know more about her. She seems to be motivated as a child, but after an accident to take her out of the running for the Olympic Skating Team, she appears to be just moving through life. I feel bad that she lost her parents and her sister right before the start of the story, but I didn't really feel any connection to Christy.

True to her roots, Irene Hannon created a romantic suspense that relies more on the romance than the actual suspense this time around. This is usual for Hannon so don't write her off if this book doesn't do it for you. Her earlier books are much better.

I received a complimentary copy of Thin Ice from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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