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Thin Ice by Irene Hannon


About the Book:
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Men of Valor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Suspense, Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

Suspense fiction has to be one of the most difficult genres to get “right.” In addition to all of the everyday moving pieces (and threads of mystery), the genre also brings in the complicated business of a romance which has to be woven – ideally, seamlessly into the mystery elements. This is the latest romantic suspense from RITA award-winning author, Irene Hannon. It follows in the footsteps (presumably) of its sibling novel Buried Secrets and introduces us to former Delta Force solider, Lance McGregor. As a civilian, Lance is finding life in the States is taking unexpected time to readjust to… primarily as regards his work as an FBI agent. Before while still a part of his Delta unit, Lance had a wider net in which to ensure the safety of the lives depending on him. Now he’s required to go through proper channels before he can move ahead.  

His first case with the bureau involves a mysterious call from a woman claiming her sister is still alive. Cursory investigation reveals Christy Reed’s sister was supposed to have died in a house fire months earlier, only now Christy is being teased with letters in her sister’s handwriting. Could it be that Ginny is still alive… or is Lance’s investigation primed to discover the worst?  

As a suspense novel, this one throws in some unique twists and turns. Fortunately for us, there are plenty of good ones that keep us guessing including some of the things that, at first page might not seem important, but actually make our heroine such an interesting one. Her background is something I found fascinating to learn about, not to mention being a past that makes her a more dimensional character. Similarly, Lance was a fabulous character. Merely reading descriptions of the men of this series (a trio of brothers) suggests they’re sure to be of the noble sort, and while reading about them “in action,” there is zero doubt left in that presumption. Lance is an upstanding man who does a lot of growing throughout these 300+ pages. His brother Mac (from book one, which I had sadly not read - though didn't seem to be required reading to enjoy this story) and younger brother Finn also makes an appearance, the brother who enjoys a superbly well-written and poignant subplot to carry readers into the third and final novel, which arrives this fall.  

If you’re a reader of Lynette Eason or Dani Pettrey - or a TV aficionado of popular crime show procedurals, Irene’s novels should be on your list of must reads. If not, why haven’t you added them? The characterization and development of the villain (*shudder*) is spot-on perfection. We smile as the good guys enjoy quiet moments of happiness amidst the terror lurking in the shadows – whether they be real or ghosts (both of which are applicable in the scenarios inside these pages) and fear the creep that is the villain. This IS what dynamic suspense should be; Hannon tells a great story full of twisty creepy things.  

Thin Ice takes its reader on an exhilarating journey; one that is begging to have its pages turned long into the night. Because who can read just “one more page” while in the midst of such a fast-paced, breath-catching mystery? I know I can’t. 

Synopsis: After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.
- Goodreads

Coming Next from Irene Hannon: After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not.

Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.
– Goodreads, October 4th
 

Sincere thanks to the publisher, Revell, for a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.

2 comments

  1. I LOVED this book! The villain was super creepy and gave me the chills, which is awesome because as a writer-in-training I know that is what you want to achieve and it's hard to do.
    Irene Hannon is fast becoming one of my favorite suspense author!

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    1. As did I, Kara! Have you read Lynette Eason's 'Always Watching'? That book is also AMAZING if you like mysteries. I'm glad you found the book good also as an aspiring writer. Those are the kind of books that are the most rewarding - the sort we enjoy as a reader and want to learn from as a writer. :)

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