Sunday, August 15, 2010

Book Review - Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel (#8) by Tess Gerritsen

Title: Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Year: 2010
Page: 322
Genre: Fiction - Murder / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense

New to me author? No
Read this author again? Maybe
Tearjerker? No
Where did it take place? US
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library

Summary (from 
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen’s relentless, inventive novels take readers on pulse-racing thrill rides that are as satisfying as they are heart-stopping. Now, in this edge-of-your-seat suspense novel, a mysteriously isolated town stands abandoned as a silent watcher waits. In Wyoming for a medical conference, Boston medical examiner Maura Isles joins a group of friends on a spur-of-the-moment ski trip. But when their SUV stalls on a snow-choked mountain road, they’re stranded with no help in sight. As night falls, the group seeks refuge from the blizzard in the remote village of Kingdom Come, where twelve eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Something terrible has happened in Kingdom Come: Meals sit untouched on tables, cars are still parked in garages. The town’s previous residents seem to have vanished into thin air, but footprints in the snow betray the presence of someone who still lurks in the cold darkness—someone who is watching Maura and her friends. Days later, Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli receives the grim news that Maura’s charred body has been found in a mountain ravine. Shocked and grieving, Jane is determined to learn what happened to her friend. The investigation plunges Jane into the twisted history of Kingdom Come, where a gruesome discovery lies buried beneath the snow. As horrifying revelations come to light, Jane closes in on an enemy both powerful and merciless—and the chilling truth about Maura’s fate.

First Sentence:
She was the chosen one.
Why did I pick this book?
I'd read the rest of the Rizzoli and Isles series (now also a TV show, which I hadn't watched) and really enjoyed it. I liked that Gerritsen included medical knowledge in the book (Isles is a pathologist), just like I liked Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhythm's series has a lot of forensic details. So I had to read this book when it came out!

My thoughts:
  • Don't ask me why, but this is yet another book that disappointed me lately! Maybe I am in a reading slump? Or maybe because I'd been so busy lately (with the cats and all), I treasured the time I had to read, so I had to be picky about which books I read first...
  • There wasn't a whole lot happening in the book... Dr Isles applied just a little bit of medical knowledge almost at the end... so this was my major disappointment because there wasn't a gritty case to solve
  • There was a little twist to the story but it wasn't that important of a twist
  • Since this was part of the series, some relationships between the characters just dragged on with no new development. And there was a character I'd totally forgotten. There was a new character, Rat, that I liked, but I was not sure if he'd be a recurring character? The ending implied something, but wasn't clear if it was what I think it was. Basically the book was fairly uneventful... I finished it in one day hoping it'd get better but nope...
  • I will probably read one more in the series, and hope it gets better. I'd hate for this series to turn out like the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell - the last few books just weren't nearly as good as the early ones.

    Rating: 2 Stars

    Have you read this book? 
    If you have, I would love to hear what you think! I'll link your review here if you wish!

    100+ Reading


    1. As I was reading your review I thought of Scarpetta, funny.

      i think I was in a reading slump lately also, Guardian of the Gate is pulling me out of it.

    2. There were definitely some qualities that both Maura Isles and Kay Scarpetta shared too. But gosh I hope they'd get back to their roots and not become too formula like!

      I'd have to go check out Guardian of the Gate.

    3. THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRISTA :-) I look forward to joining the Memoir challenge next year. I will read Running soon and let you know for sure.

      I found these memoirs:

      A Crack Between Worlds (Dance)

      Balanchine Company (A Dancer's Memoir)

      and this one

      Denial - A Memoir of Terror

      Again, thank you

    4. You are welcome! I hope you'll be able to find something you like from the list (I won't be offended if you don't like them :)

      I will be reading Denial soon - I signed up as part of the Crazy Book Tours!

    5. Ooh. That doesn't sound good. But your giving it a second try by reading the second book in this series, applaud you for that! ;)
      I usually just give up. :)

    6. This year I vowed to open up the genres that I read. I discovered that I do like thrillers/mysteries/cozy mysteries. Sorry, it disappointed you, I hate reading slumps.