5 out of 5 stars
THIN ICE is only one in a long list of novels that continues to showcase Irene Hannon as a premiere writer in the Christian Romance-Suspense genre.
After the devastating loss of her parents in an auto accident, and her sister in a house fire, Christy Reed is beginning to get her legs back under her. As a world class figure skater in her teens, Christy knew what was needed to push through adversity, pain, and loss. But as an adult, losing her family meant far more than losing a career. Her only support system now that her family was gone was her faith. Little did Christy know that her faith was going to be put to the test.
When Christy receives an envelope in her sister’s handwriting, two months after her sister’s death, she’s shocked. Even more so when the letter inside claims her sister is still alive. Even though she’s warned not to involve the police, Christy feels she has no choice. She calls the FBI and is soon explaining to Special Agent Lance MacGregor about the letter and her hope that her sister is still alive. Lance convinces her she’s in good hands with the FBI and that he’s going to do everything in his power to get to the bottom of what appears to be the kidnapping of her sister. And, with every assurance he gives her, Christy becomes more attached to the special agent that seems to care far beyond what protocol allows.
Agent MacGregor, upon the arrival of a second letter, is convinced there is something more to Christy’s letters than an ill-conceived hoax. But finding out who wants to see Christy suffer is harder than expected. Christy has no enemies to speak of, and even when she was in the competing world of figure skating, she’d been liked by everybody. When another letter arrives, more ominous than the others, Lance is convinced this isn’t just a cruel game, but that Christy’s life is in danger. And now that he’s allowed himself to get emotionally involved with Christy, he’s terrified he’s not going to be able to piece together this macabre game before it’s too late.
THIN ICE was a page-turning, suspense-filled novel that I didn’t want to put down. I immediately became attached to the characters. Christy was the quintessential heroine, liked by all, and Lance was the charismatic hero with a take charge attitude, but soft around the edges. Of course how could he be anything but captivating? He was from MacGregor stock that we were first introduced to in BURIED SECRETS. One of three brothers—all Special Forces soldiers—Lance easily carried the mantel of enigmatic hero. The suspense side of the book was done exceptionally well. Though we knew who Christy’s stalker was, we really didn’t. Ms. Hannon allowed us to know the culprit from a distance, but didn’t giveaway his true identity or why it is he wanted to inflict such pain on Christy until closer to the end of the book. Great reading all the way around. The only negative . . . I have to wait until Fall for the next installment.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available January 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.