Friday, January 22, 2016

Fiction Review: Irene Hannon's Thin Ice

Irene Hannon gives readers another edge-of-your-seat thrill in "Thin Ice." Although Hannon's story arcs are often the same, she never fails to provide a well-developed story arc - not so much a mystery, since she always gives a glimpse of the antagonist's point of view - but still a fascinating read. This particular book is not for the faint of heart, however, as Hannon's villain is quite dark in nature.

A former Olympic ice skater has an unknown enemy who has taken out his vengeance on her entire family. Of course, Christy can't help falling in love with the FBI agent assigned to her case, and that's where things become rather shallow and predictable. My two pet peeves over Hannon's work still apply. 1) The romantic leads do not get much beyond physical attraction to bring them together. Although "Thin Ice" does have some nice conversations about maintaining faith in difficult times. 2) Hannon introduces new point of views when she is already well into the book. To be specific, the antagonist is introduced on page 61, his crucial family member is introduced on page 86, and another third character receives a mere two pages told from her point of view, beginning around page 295.

Why do I continue to read Hannon's suspense novels? Well, because Hannon knows how to weave a good tale, and as predictable as her style is, it is also different from other novels I have read.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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