Monday, July 12, 2010

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen just stepped into our territory out here in the western U.S. with her latest Rizzoli & Isles thriller, Ice Cold. It's set in Wyoming, and deals with a cult, a subject we're all too familiar with in the west. Ice Cold is even more chilling because of the familiarity of the subject. Then, Gerritsen takes it one stop closer, and makes it personal, as Dr. Maura Isles becomes a victim.

Maura wasn't happy with her personal life when she attended a medical conference in Wyoming. So, it didn't take her long to agree to follow up the conference with a short vacation with an old college classmate and his friends. That impulsive trip into the mountains ended in tragedy when a snowstorm and an accident left them stranded in a deserted town. Why would food be left on the tables, cars in the garages? Although the isolated town of Kingdom Come provided shelter, it didn't provide comfort to the travelers. And, when an accident severely injures one of the group, and Maura's friend doesn't return when he goes for help, it's up to Maura to seek assistance, braving Wyoming's winter.

Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli didn't take the first hint of Maura's disappearance seriously. But, follow-up conversations and a trip to Wyoming lead to the announcement that Maura's body was found, burned beyond recognition. A grieving Jane is shocked at a second announcement that takes her back to Wyoming, into an investigation into the secrets behind Kingdom Come.

That summary won't spoil Ice Cold, since I don't want to ruin the book. There's nothing more revealing than the book jacket of the book relates. This latest Rizzoli & Isles thriller does exactly what a bestselling thriller should, makes the reader turn pages rapidly, worried about one character, hoping for a positive resolution. But, is there ever a positive resolution when cults and murder are involved? Ice Cold is the kind of intense, riveting story readers have grown to expect from Tess Gerritsen.

Note: TNT's new series, Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as Maura Isles premiers tonight. Here's a clip about the show,

And, Tess Gerritsen will be my guest blogger this Thursday, discussing libraries.

Tess Gerritsen's website is

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine Books, ©2010. ISBN 9780345515483 (hardcover), 314p.

FTC Full Disclosure - Gerritsen's publicist send me the book in conjunction with her guest blog.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

For some reason, I've always been oddly pulled to books about cults! I'm not sure's just interesting to me how people get caught up in these things. Thanks for the review, Lesa!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. With that interest in books about cults, you'll be interested in Gerritsen's take on some families that get sucked in. You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping to get to this one in the next little while. Have a few commitments, but it is really pulling at me! I love Tess Gerritsen's books and have been a fan from way back. Looking forward to trying the new TV show tonight. I really talked up the Rizzoli/Isles books and the show at my mystery group last week. I'm excited to see she is doing a guest blog for you as well as Jen. I'll be back on Thursday! (Like I'm not here every day!)

Lesa said...


I'm actually happy to welcome you every day! I think you'll like Tess' guest blog on Thursday.

Like you, I'm looking forward to the Rizzoli/Isles show tonight. Just wish it was on at 9 p.m. here instead of 10!

Kris said...

I really need to finish reading this series! I've already set the DVR to record this series..can't wait to watch the session premier.

Lesa said...

I'm looking forward to the show, too, Kris!

Jen Forbus said...

I loved this one, too, Lesa! I've read several of Tess's books, but they've all been her medical thriller stand alones. This was the first Rizzoli and Isles I read and I absolutely LOVED it! I requested the others from my library now.

And the tv show is making me bummed I don't have television access anymore, but I'll get it on DVD or something....Somehow I'll see it. I'm sure it will be right up my alley.

Lesa said...

I hadn't read any of the Rizzoli and Isles books either, Jen. I loved the characters, and I really enjoyed the tv show last night. I really liked Angie Harmon as Rizzoli. (Thank heavens it was on at 9 PM, instead of the 10 PM they said it was going to be on here.) I don't watch too much TV right now, but I am glad I saw that.

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