Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Adult Thriller and Mystery
Publication Date: June 1st 2016
Out of the Ice follows Laura Alvarado as she ventures to the South Safety Island base in Antarctica. Her mission: to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment on Fredelighavn, an old whaling station that is now an Exclusion Zone. But this ghostown, a treasure trove of 1950s culture, isn’t as it vacant as it seems.
“Goosebumps pricked my arms and I shone the torch behind me and to both sides, again feeling like I was being watched.”
The first 50 pages weren’t necessarily hard to get through, but this book is exposition heavy and rife with descriptions. I do however think that at roughly 70 pages, the plot kicks into gear, and then the book was more enjoyable to read. Overall, I definitely felt rewarded with the eerieness the book delivers, given the exposition.
This book is rife with great characters, female characters in particular. Laura Alvarado is an intelligent marine biologist, who felt really authentic and takes no nonsense from her male counterparts. More over her co-workers and friends, Kate and Georgia, were also intelligent woman with plenty of bravado.
“There’s an element of gangland down there, from what you’re telling me. And that spells trouble.”
I’ll be honest there isn’t a lot of likeable male characters in this book, quite the opposite. I was really disappointed in particular with how the author seemed to handle one character in particular – Travis. Travis was written as a friendly and enthusiastic young guy, quite different from a lot of male scientist Laura encounters at Alliance. I was really disappointed in how Turner seemed to butcher his character by making him a bit… sleazy.
There were already so many unlikable men in the picture I found it a weird choice for Travis to be this way. He was evidentially an ally of Laura’s and seemed like a wholesome character, it was hard to imagine that some of his actions were in character, particularly in the beginning of the book.
Despite this gripe, Out of the Ice definitely met my expectations and delivered on all fronts – eerie, twisty and kept me guessing until the end!