Irene Hannon, author of the Private Justice series, has drafted a stunning masterpiece that swings chaotically, yet satisfyingly, between thrill and romance with her latest novel, Thin Ice (Revell). Gripping from page one and thoroughly enticing, the intricately and expertly woven plot revolves around the alleged death of one Ginny Reed and the investigator who is sent to unearth the truth behind her demise. With rarely any slow moments, Thin Ice keeps readers turning the pages hungrily, the need to know what happens next easily overpowering the need to run errands, do housework, or sleep.
Thin Ice is one of the most harrowing novels I encountered in 2015*; however, Hannon strikes an easy balance between the thrill of the intrigue that develops as the reader follows investigator Lance McGregor as he unearths the truth, and the romantic elements of the novel.
Additionally, the character development allows the reader to immerse him or herself in the text. As the story is told from many different perspectives, the reader has the opportunity to fully engage with the characters, both protagonists and antagonists alike. This third-person perspective allows for a well rounded and enriched experience that raises goosebumps and sends shivers down the spine.
The truly great novel is the novel in which the reality of the characters briefly becomes the reality of the readers. Thin Ice is an impressive amalgamation of romance and suspense, and it easily pulls readers in. While reading Thin Ice, any semblance of time passing was removed, and it wasn’t until I reached the very end that I could tear myself away.
*Editor’s note: M. K. Sealy received Thin Ice in advance for review, so it was indeed one of her favorite reads of 2015, but its official release date was January 5, 2016.
M. K. Sealy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in literature from a Nashville university. She is a copyeditor for a Nashville-based publication, but also writes poetry, fiction, and is currently attempting a screenplay, all while working to obtain a Master of Education.
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