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Heart of Ice (Louis Kincaid Novel) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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A gripping plot seamlessly melds with a very personal look at a man at the crossroads of his life and a family wracked by secrets and lies in the excellent "Heart of Ice." --Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinal.
"Absolutely gut-wrenching and I loved every single page. The PJ Parrish team are two of the best writers in the business, and this book is clearly their best yet." -- Steve Hamilton, two-time Edgar Award-winning author of Die A Stranger
About the Author
P. J. Parrish is actually two sisters—Kristy Montee and Kelly Nichols—who pooled their talents and their lifelong love of writing to create the character of Louis Kincaid. Their New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling novels include An Unquiet Grave, A Killing Rain, Island of Bones, Thicker Than Water, Paint It Black, Dead of Winter, and Dark of the Moon. They are also the authors of a standalone thriller, The Killing Song.
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Fortunately, Heart of Ice is truly amazing. I started reading this one and instantly fell in love with the plotline. I love anything that has to do with isolated islands, deserted buildings, etc. and Heart of Ice has it all. An isolated island, a whodunnit in an abandoned lodge and snowstorms that basically leave people stranded. By the way, if you want to read THE best PJ Parrish - Louis Kincaid book featuring creepy abandoned buildings - you MUST read An Unquiet Grave.
Anyway, back to Heart of Ice. I simply love the way these authors are focusing on Louis' maturity. Each book shows us his development and its a joy to see that Louis is (finally) finding his own in more ways than one.
I loved his budding relationship with Lilly and I am intrigued by his relationship with Kayla. Once again, Kincaid makes news friends (sort of) through his work and I liked the relationship he has with Sherriff Flowers especially.
The whoddunnit was intriguing and I did not have it figured out - mainly because of the many plot twists that were completely out of the blue (and perfect). I also see a trend here - where Louis appears to be moving towards Michigan - which I am unsure about at this point.
What DOES NOT WORK FOR ME is the relationship between Louis and Joe - I always feel as though she is simply an added presence in the storylines that simply don't work. She always feels as though she is in the way somehow.
I, personally, would prefer NOT to see Louis get his badge back, but I will continue to read this excellent series whatever happens - just please get rid of Joe.
Louis travels from work in Florida to Michigan where the novel revolves around a 21 year old murder. The book offers different personalities, personal issues, all the while the protagonists try and solve this cold case crime on an island in the middle of a Michigan winter. Steady Kinkaid fans can also find if Louis departs at the end of the case or decides to remain north, being close to his significant other, Joe Frye.
Just as all seems explained and makes perfect sense the time comes to throw a large twist into the plot. This combined with smaller curves thrown the readers' way makes for an excellent read. The sisters who make up the author, PJ Parrish, also weave some very good human interest and feeling into this. It's a great read.
One aside: It's suggested the short novel "Claw Back" be read before this novel. "Claw Back" is short and so-so. Don't bother; it's not needed for "Heart Of Ice."
Mostly the story held together pretty well even for someone like me who doesn't follow that genre, but the setting was off-putting to me. I'm a long time summer visitor to the island, worked there in my college summers (in the 60s), knew West Bluff families who lived in the wonderful cottages and many local residents. As such, I found the tawdry entanglements of same and unflattering views of year-round locals unpleasant. To so many of us Island fans, the relaxed pace of life, glorious gardens and sweet scent of fudge offer an ambiance of pleasant escape that was dimmed by this grim story. As a visitor for more than 60 years, who knows the Island well, some of the details didn't ring true and I found others a bit forced and I came away thinking the setting was more of a crime than the crime.
For a crime story reader who doesn't know the Island and doesn't mind characters being named Louis and Clark or couples named Joe and Louis :) you might find it a decent mystery, but if you're a lover of Mackinac Island, I'd suggest you steer clear.
The story, which begins as the Island businesses are closing at the end of autumn, eventually moves into winter leaving only a few people on an island that can only be reached by ferry. The wintry setting and deserted island ramped up the sense of anticipation and danger that kept me turning pages well into the night. The suspect characters kept me guessing, and twists and turns abound, including an ending I didn’t see coming. Deftly told with vivid descriptions (I love how the sisters turn a phrase, something I’ve noted in many of their novels), fantastic plotting and pacing, this is a book I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. For fans of the series, Joe Frye is back and we get to see Louis interacting with Lily. Exceptional all the way around. I can’t wait for the next one!!