DI’s Maggie Campbell and Alex Blake have just successfully solved a child kidnapping when tempers flare. Their styles are just too different, one a rule breaking maverick, the other a stickler for procedures. There extremely public and personal comments end the working partnership and they avoid each other for three whole years.
Suddenly they are forced back together as a decoy team for Interpol and with virtually no notice find themselves waiting to fly out to places unknown.
Their journey and adventure will change their lives in ways neither of them had expected.
Lyn Gardner’s first full-length novel demonstrates what a great writer she is. Well written and edited, despite not having a publisher, ICE is a wonderful story of repressed feelings fighting through a battle for survival.
Alex and Maggie are well rounded, multifaceted and well set up characters. Their personalities and foibles are established very quickly at the start of the book, allowing us to feel comfortable with how they react to new situations, including extreme adversity.
The scenes and descriptions are excellent. Without going into mind-numbing detail at ever stage Ms Gardner has evoked the storm – the freezing cold, the numbing effect of the wind and ice. She made me feel the physical battle for survival – and be thankful to be home safe.
Part of that battle is also an extremely useful tool for developing the characters. From early on you want these women to succeed, and although I found Maggie’s sudden praying fatalism a little annoying I can forgive it as a foil to Alex’s overwhelming determinism.
Underlying this entire survival story is Alex’s attraction for Maggie, and Maggies confusion over her feelings for Alex. The book is a page turner not only because it’s an action/adventure story, but because we can’t help but want these women to sort themselves out and get it together. Ms Gardner has created layers of tension which last throughout the novel and keep you on the edge of your seat.
I loved it. I cant wait to read more of Lyn Gardner’s work.
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