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Gerritsen's latest is a terrifying snowbound twister

  • Jul 19, 2010
Miserable in her going-nowhere love affair with Catholic priest Daniel Brophy, Boston pathologist Maura Isles gives in to an adventurous impulse, which she regrets even before it all goes very bad.

This latest in Gerritsen's Rizzoli (Jane Rizzoli, Boston detective) and Isles series opens with a prologue in which cult leader Jeremiah Goode takes an unwilling nubile girl as his latest bride. So when Maura finds herself stranded in an eerie deserted village in Wyoming where each house is exactly the same, we're a step ahead of her on who's gone missing.

While in Wyoming for a medical conference, Maura runs into an old classmate, handsome, outgoing Doug Comley, who convinces her to prolong the trip with a ski weekend. Maura regrets her uncharacteristic daring pretty much as soon as she meets the rest of the party - Doug's sullen teenage daughter and a bickering couple.

It gets worse when they head out into a snowstorm in the rented SUV and Doug decides to follow his GPS rather than the map. As tension builds inside the vehicle, the road disappears beneath the swirling snow and the day ends with the SUV stuck in a ditch. There's no cell phone service and Maura never bothered to let anyone know where she was going.

Luckily Maura catches sight of a sign for a private road. "They started down the slope, where the wind stung like icy nettles and the drifts made every step hard labor." Inside the houses they find food congealed and frozen on the table, windows open and nobody home.

Meanwhile Daniel's anxiety increases when Maura doesn't return any of his calls and Jane is called to a self-storage facility where a body has been discovered in a deceased old lady's stored freezer.

The narrative moves between Maura and Jane, but the Maura sections take center stage. The extreme weather is a more formidable and fascinating character than any of the intentionally annoying secondary characters, who lack basic survival skills like common sense. Once Doug - the sort of man who feels the only good decision is one made fast and acted upon immediately, full speed ahead, no sissy wavering or deliberation involved - goes in search of help, the welfare of the party is in Maura's hands. She, however, faces a life-and-death decision that she can't seem to force herself to make at all. And then there's the little matter of the vanished village population.

The plot is edge-of-your-seat with extra twists. The hunt for Maura is not as riveting as her ordeal, but the Jane sections provide a bit of relief from the nail-biting terror. Gerritsen has outdone herself. Fans may also be interested in the new Rizzoli and Isles TV series which debuted this season on TNT.

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October 07, 2010
Sounds like the English country house mystery combined with a survival story and moved to the American West. I had heard of the Rizzoli and Isles series on TV, but I didn't realize there were books behind it. Should have known Tess Gerritsen was the creator, as I enjoyed her other books when I was regularly reading mysteries.
October 06, 2010
Good review. I like the books better than the TV series.
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review by . October 30, 2010
Maura Isles, Boston medical examiner, attends a conference in Wyoming. While there, she meets an old friend from medical school and agrees to join his companions for a brief ski trip.      In the heavy snow, they make a wrong turn and become stranded on a deserted road. Seeking shelter, they trudge through the snow to a group of homes but find them empty and appear as if they have been recently deserted.      One of Maura's companions becomes seriously …
review by . December 26, 2010
Despite the fact that ICE COLD is the 8th entry in the now mature Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles series, Gerritsen has continued to keep her plotting fresh and exciting and allows her two protagonists to continue changing and evolving, presenting themselves as interesting, exciting and realistic, human characters that their fans will care about.      Medical examiner Maura Isles is unhappy. She has self-diagnosed her personality and her love life as staid, hidebound and unexciting, …
Quick Tip by . December 26, 2010
A topical snowbound medical thriller that sheds light onto the all too common real-life examples of cult brainwashing, religious programming, far right wing anti-government militarism, mass suicide and the courage it takes to effect an escape from such a group and undergo the extensive de-programming that is necessary to resume a normal life. A fast-paced, easy reading enjoyable thriller.
review by . August 08, 2010
For me, reading anything by this author is always a bit of a hit/miss situation. Although, in most cases, the author is great at creating plotlines that have kept me engaged and, more importantly, guessing until the end, the reality is that, in my opinion, at times, the writing can get a little "Harlequin". Having said that, I actually do enjoy alot of books that are published by Harlequin, but NOT thrillers. For me, thrillers should be gritty and tough, for the most part and it is obvious that …
review by . October 06, 2010
I always enjoy this series and these characters, and Ice Cold is no exception. Medical examiner Maura Isles takes a much needed breather from her relationship with Daniel Brophy, who is struggling over the choice to remain a priest or commit to Maura. She's off to Wyoming for a conference, and whom should she meet but a friend from med school. Maura decides to accompany him on an impulsive cross country ski trip, but things go terribly wrong, and she's soon fighting for her life against …
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Unpredictable twists help propel Gerritsen's winning eighth novel featuring Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli (after The Keepsake). While in Wyoming late one fall for a pathologists' conference, Maura agrees to join an old college acquaintance, his 13-year-old daughter, and two friends of his on a last-minute ski trip. When an accident stalls their SUV on a remote mountain road, the fivesome take refuge in an abandoned village, Kingdom Come, the home of a religious sect led by a charismatic prophet, Jeremiah Goode. But what drove the residents from their 12 identical houses, leaving food on the table and pets behind? When the local police find what they believe to be Maura's charred body and those of her four companions, Jane; her FBI agent husband, Gabriel Dean; and Fr. Daniel Brophy travel to Wyoming to conduct their own investigation. Gerritsen supplies plenty of depth in both plot and characters. TNT launches a new TV series based on this series in July.
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ISBN-10: 034551548X
ISBN-13: 978-0345515483
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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