review of ICE COLD

(review by Sarah Weinman)

“Ice Cold” by Tess Gerritsen (June 29)

At first it seems counterintuitive to read a thriller set in the thick of a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere during the summer, but what better way to create the illusion of escapism than to reverse weather course? The publication timing of Gerritsen’s newest novel featuring Boston cop Jane Rizzoli and her friend (and city medical examiner) Maura Isles has more to do with the July 12 premiere of the TNT show (starring Angie Harmon as Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Isles), but “Ice Cold” works well as a series introduction. The normally staid, buttoned-up Isles — nursing romantic difficulties with her boyfriend, who also happens to be a priest — indulges in an impulse wilderness trip with an old high school acquaintance while playing hooky from a medical conference. The snow accumulates, stranding Isles & co., but Gerritsen has several more tricks up her sleeve, raising the suspense stakes with a secretive cult, home-brew surgery under the most appalling circumstances, and the possibility that Isles might not make it home. Gerritsen paces “Ice Cold” with surgical precision but doesn’t neglect her main characters, even if Rizzoli’s trademark fire doesn’t kick in until the second half of the book.

6 replies
  1. tvmaniac
    tvmaniac says:

    Can’t wait and hope I’m able to get to your appearance at Davis Kidd Booksellers in Memphis! I like that this review gives Maura a better chance than the preview you shared several weeks ago. 🙂

  2. bethFL
    bethFL says:

    Usually, I reserve my countdown for the new one for the last ten days, but I just can not wait! 16 and counting!

  3. Lino
    Lino says:

    It arrived today (tnaks to amazon) and I have already finished reading it :-).

    But to tell the truth – I liked the other books of the series better. Some plots (strands?) were kind of a déjà vu for me.

    Nevertheless I enjoyed reading the book!

    Greets from Germany

  4. Angi
    Angi says:

    I miss the old writings. Violence, blood, gore, make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Maura and Jane have lost their fire. I just don’t see the strength in these two that drew me in so close in the beginning. I miss the the writing style of everything up to The Mephesto Club…

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