Thriller

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

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I believe that every experience, every wrong decision, teaches us something. That’s why we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes.”

Rizzoli and Isles is one of my favorite book series’. I got into it mostly because my mom would not let up about how much I needed to read it. At first I didn’t take her too seriously because a lot of the time we have vastly different tastes in books but once i picked up the first one, I couldn’t stop. Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen, or The Killing Place depending on which version you have, is the eighth book in the series.

In this installment, Maura is away on a conference trip when she turns up missing, trapped in a mysterious valley called Kingdom Come where all of it’s inhabitants have disappeared with no way to contact anyone for help. When Jane Rizzoli gets word of her disappearance it is up to her, along with the help of Gabriel Dean, Daniel Brophy, and Anthony Sansone.

Tess Gerritsen continues to amaze me with every book she publishes. I love her characters, the relationships they share, and the plots she creates. Ice Cold started in a way that left me confused and longing for more information, slowly revealing the truth to me bit by bit, page by page, ultimately bowling my mind with the way in which each event, person, and place tie in together. Ice Cold is impeccably planned out and structured, leaving no loose ends untied.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! I definitely give it a full five stars.

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Fiction, Thriller

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar

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Monsters are made, not born.”

I found this book as I was wandering the library looking for some light summer reading. I had never heard of it before but the title grabbed my attention. Also, who doesn’t love a cover of a woman running away in the woods?

Accidents Happen by Louise Millar focuses on Kate Parker whose terrible bad luck has caused her a lot of anxiety that is seriously affecting her and her son’s life. Kate meets a man named Jago who has decided to help her overcome her anxiety about what could happen to her or her family. However, is it really a streak of bad luck or something much worse?

Starting out, this book was effortless to read and felt pretty straight forward (minus the names of the characters that felt like they were plucked from a Top 20 names from the 90s). It is immediately obvious that Kate is actually being stalked which I found fairly interesting. I almost always enjoy when you can see the point of view from the antagonist. As the book went on though, it really seemed to feel more like a romance between Jago and Kate as the chapters from the stalker decreased.

I did, however, love the ending and the way it made me feel anxious and stressed. And by the ending, I mean the last eighty pages. I just wish that the rest of the book (which is categorized as a thriller) made me feel that way. I feel like if the pacing were done a little better  I would have enjoyed it much more. Most of the time I forgot I was reading a thriller due to the constant obsession with Jago.

Overall, It wasn’t a terrible book but it won’t be one that I read again or purchase. It’s great for some light beach reading but if you’re looking for a keep you on the edge of your seat thriller, this book isn’t for you. I would give it 2/5 stars.