Heart of Ice is a chilling look at the heart of a psychopath. Elizabeth is a woman who tends to remove every obstacle that stands in her way – even if it requires murder. After spending time institutionalized for the deaths of two children when she was still a child herself, Elizabeth has mastered deception and manipulation to the point that she usually manages to get someone else to do her dirty work.
Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI special agent Nicole Hedges, and TV crime reporter Cassidy Shaw are three friends who call themselves the “Triple Threat Club”. After Cassidy meets Elizabeth and joins her boot camp at the health spa, she is so impressed that she talks Allison and Nichole into joining. Although Allison and Nichole are not as taken with Elizabeth, they have no idea that she could possibly be behind the rapidly escalating and bizarre crimes in the area.
Because this book is written from several points of view, it is evident from the beginning that Elizabeth is responsible so there is no real mystery here. However, the insight into the way her mind worked and the suspenseful progression of the story kept me turning the pages. Overall, the characters are well rounded and realistic and the plot worked for me.
This books is published by Thomas Nelson so I expected a bit more spiritual content than I found. One character is a Christian and prayer was mentioned several times. Heart of Ice is a contemporary crime/suspense novel and contained several adult scenes; however they were all handled tastefully without gratuitous sex or violence. As books of this genre go, Heart of Ice is definitely worth reading. I will probably try more of this series in the future.
This book was provided for review by Amazon Vine.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
But what she has planned will make your blood run cold.
At first glance, the crimes appear random. Arson. Theft. Fraud. Murder. But these are more than random crimes. They’re moves in an increasingly deadly game. And the one element they have in common: a woman who is gorgeous, clever . . . and lethal.
Elizabeth Avery has a winsome smile and flawless figure, but underneath is a heart of ice. She’s a master at manipulating people, convincing strangers to do the unthinkable. And she orchestrates it all without getting too close. Until now.
When Elizabeth ruthlessly disposes of an inquisitive young reporter, her crime catches the attention of Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw. They know they’re dealing with a cold-blooded murderer who could strike at any time. What they don’t know is that they’re already on a first-name basis with the killer.
And one of them may be next on her list.
Because Elizabeth has no intention of getting caught !?? not when she’s having this much fun. She learned a long time ago that the safest place to hide is in plain sight . . . and the greatest way to defeat those weaker than her is to make it personal.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School. Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on FoxNews.com.
Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.
Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.
Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.
She lives with her husband and two children in New York.
Noted author Roald Dahl help New York Times bestselling author April Henry take her first step as a writer. When April was eleven, she sent the famous children’s author a short story about a frog who loved peanut butter. He read it to an editor of an international children’s magazine, who then asked to publish it. April has since written several highly acclaimed mysteries and thrillers. Her books have been short-listed for the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and translated into several languages. Two have been chosen for BookSense by the independent booksellers of America. April lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.