Friday, February 12, 2016

Thin Ice

It is Abraham Lincoln's birthday!  We celebrate it on Monday as a national holiday, but he was actually born on February 12. President Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. It is also Plum Pudding Day! It is your chance to try it and see if you like it (I think I will just skip it). Please remember that plum pudding is not really a pudding (not like an American pudding). On this day in 1947 Christian Dior released his "New Look" collection (and helps Paris regain its position as the leader of the fashion world).  Other events that happened on February 12 are the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place in 1914; construction beings on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri; San Francisco starts issuing marriage licences to same sex couples in 2004; and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue receives its premiere concert in 1924 (in New York).  

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is the second book in the Men of Valor series.  Christy Reed lives in St. Louis, Missouri and she is the Director of Youth Programs for a municipal recreation program in St Louis County.  Christy is going to visit her sister, Ginny (a wildlife biologist).  Christy has not been able to reach her and is worried.  As she approaches her sister’s house she notices a police officer blocking the road.  Her sister’s house in on fire.  The fire progresses quickly and no one escaped.  Christy had lost her parents just eight months prior in a car accident.  Christy no longer has any family left.  Two months later Christy receives a letter in her sister’s handwriting.  Ginny states that she has been kidnapped.  Christy is shocked.  Christy calls the FBI and reaches Lance McGregor (a brand new FBI Agent).  Christy and Lance will need to work together to locate Ginny.  

Thin Ice is a good suspense novel, but it was not great.  I felt that the author tried to put too much into one book (Lance’s injured brother, another brother and his lady friend, Lance’s guilty conscience over an incident that happened oversees).  I only gave you a summary of the main part of the story.  And why does every book have to have a romance?  Is it really necessary.  The one thing that really turned me off in this book was the killer torturing mice and animals.  The descriptions were just awful (and upsetting for an animal lover).  I give Thin Ice 4 out of 5 stars.  Thin Ice is nicely written and it had a pretty good flow.    Thin Ice, though, is a disturbing book (be prepared).  I think with a little editing, Thin Ice would be a great book.  Though Thin Ice is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (I did not read the first book in the series).

The first book in Men of Valor series is Buried Secrets.  I received a complimentary copy of Thin Ice from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Are you prepared for Valentine's Day?  It is on Sunday!  My father was one of the last minute shoppers (until I started doing the shopping for him).  I hope you have a fun Friday!  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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