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Kidnapped by a band of deranged mountain men in the Alaskan wilderness, Amber Hatchet is driven by one harrowing thought: these monsters might have her eleven-year-old son. But her attempts to escape lead to the unearthing of deadly secrets, ones better left buried. Amber's only hope lies with her husband, Jack Hatchet, confident Manhattan attorney and swindler extraordinaire. Problem is, Jack cares more about protecting his shady backroom deals than the life of his wife. In fact, he'd prefer her dead, rather than alive.
I love this author. Her gift for descriptions always leaves me in awe. Frozen Fury had me reading all day. I couldn't break at the end of a chapter because there was always the hint of something that begged to be revealed on the next page. Amber is easy for any mother to relate to. From the moment things start to go wrong, she thinks constantly of her son, where he is, and how he's doing. Jack, on the other hand, is one of those characters you just want to strangle. I don't want to give away the whole story (it's very twisty), but I will say that there's an incredible emotional pay-off for the reader that makes all the very realistic, gritty, horrible stuff meaningful.
There's real evil represented by the bad guys in this novel. But wherever there's real evil, there's also real hope, kindness, and courage. I was very impressed by this book, by the way it made me feel, and the themes (darkness vs. light, cruelty vs. mercy) it explores.
And if you're a woman, you'll love Mitch. That's all I'll say about that. :)
Read my interview with the author on my blog.
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