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QBD Reviews: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Britt’s plans to go hiking with her best friend Korbie were perfect. They were packed, car fuelled up and ready to leave until suddenly Korbie’s brother – incidentally, Britt’s ex-boyfriend – decided he would meet them at their parent’s cabin and join them. Now bitter and unsettled, Britt’s journey up the mountain in her old, beaten up four wheel drive with Korbie at her side doesn’t seem as exciting as it had hours before – and to make matters worse, an unexpected blizzard has left them stranded.

After consulting her map and locating a cabin not too far away, she decides it would be best for them to seek help rather than wait for Calvin to come along later. The shelter they seek in the remote cabin is made a little better by the fact that the cabins occupants are two young, good-looking, hospitable men who are quite willing to help the girls in their predicament. But when Britt finds evidence that could connect the two to a string of recent murders in the area, her night takes a turn for the worst: the two men take her hostage and force her to lead them back down the mountain. Britt knows her only hope is to try and stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. With secrets abound and nothing as it seems to be, Britt is only further confused by the kindness of one of her captors, Mason. Is he her enemy or is he on her side?

Black Ice is a riveting psychological thriller of the teenager persuasion, with a cloud of hormones looming over the ever-confusing twists and turns this story takes. If you think you know what’s happening by about the middle of the book, Becca Fitzpatrick has well and truly pulled the wool over your eyes because the sinister plot twist to this tale comes out of nowhere and leaves you with the chills.

QBD Reviews: Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

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Between sleeping on the couch of his ex-girlfriend Lila and working in his father’s restaurant, Tim Ellison’s only other passion in life is surfing. Despite the pleas of his friends and family, he’s happy with his simple, uncomplicated life - except for the part where he has to watch Lila parade around with her new boyfriend. When a cheap room for rent in the perfect location pops up in the paper, Tim jumps on the opportunity – but there’s a catch.

Anna, the young owner of the house, is a withdrawn recluse, not exactly the type of housemate that Tim had expected. She’s awkward and edgy and their limited interactions set Tim on edge. As he starts to get closer to Anna and learn about her heartbreaking past, certain things become clearer but it’s not until Tim wakes up one morning to find an ominous message painted on the wall that he realises something bigger is going on. If he plans to piece it together, he’s going to need Anna’s help, a whole lot of luck and the strength to hold them both together when the ultimate truth is revealed.

9781742373010If you’ve been looking for something to fill the Gillian Flynn shaped void in your life, Sweet Damage will do just that. It’s a riveting thriller that has you scrambling to put the pieces together because almost everything is a misdirection and the real story is much more chilling than you’d initially suspect. I will admit that the story took a few chapters to grow on me but before I knew it I was hooked!