Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ice by Jessica Wren


In Minterville, Georgia, the residents live in relative seclusion, partly to keep crime out of their small, tranquil community, and partly to prevent the world from finding out about The Minter, a form of telepathy that interconnects them and gives them a sense of unity.

Then The Minter, which cannot function in the presence of evil, stops working. Mayor Tom Watson suspects that two families who had recently moved to town have ties to Manuela Escribano (known as the Ice Queen), a prolific drug lord who, unbeknownst to the rest of Minterville, has a deadly score to settle with Tom.

No one, including Tom, has any idea how deep the Manuela's desire for revenge runs, until one Friday morning, twenty women disappear. When Manuela sends in a video detailing her diabolical plot to get revenge against Tom and the community that has harbored him for thirty years, Minterville must come together as one to rescue the women before time runs out. They must act quickly, or innocent people will die and their beloved community (and along with it, The Minter) will be destroyed forever.


What reviewers are saying about Ice:

"Good points about this story: Several things in the beginning hint at something being wrong in the town, which helps get through those first pages and rapidly becomes a page turner. By the middle of the story, you're aware of some (but not all) of the reasons for what's happening, and by the end, there's a sense of closure - but there still remains a few loose ends which feel as if they could come into play sometime down the road. There's also a distinct sense of urgency in the way the story is told (for good reason!) which further increases the feeling of wanting to keep reading to find out what happens next. And the ending is quite emotional, which surprised me since I don't typically read mystery/thrillers. It's also clear that the author took the time to research several different things (which I won't detail because I think it would be giving spoilers, in a sense) that come into play during the story."-Scott Borgman

"I enjoyed this story very much. At first, I thought it was a supernatural thriller, but after a while it became clear that it's more of a mystery/crime drama with supernatural overtones. The supernatural elements are important to the story of the town, but not central to the drama that unfolds in this tale. In this way the book is almost as unusual as the townspeople, which makes for an interesting read. Five stars, and I'm very much looking forward to what Ms. Wren comes up with next! :-)"-Over The Rainbow

" I got lost in the fantastic imagery and engrossed in the lives of the Minterville clan. J. Wren's writing is at once engaging and her characters practically jump off the page and pull you in to the story, which is edgy and timeless."-Amazon Customer

"This is an entertaining Stephen King-esque delve into the consequences of a past mistake now come to haunt a small town in America. Women start to go missing, and within the first couple of chapters you'll find yourself hooked and wanting to find out just what the heck has happened to them."-Jason Greensides

"The story moved quickly and there were a lot of names to remember, however, those names become quite important when you understand the outcome. Although the writing could move more smoothly, I give 5 stars for the sense of community and message of hope this author brought to the story."-Lonna

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