Irene Hannon has a deft touch with the macabre nature of suspense and mystery. Her latest foray into the genre is Thin Ice, releasing this month. Irene constructs twists and turns only the most adept mystery solvers will penetrate, all the while giving us flawed but believable characters and romance.
Thin Ice is the second in the Men of Valor series whose heroes are ex-special forces guys now working to save civilians from villains. Thin Ice introduces us to Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force officer, who carries deep guilt from his last mission. Enter Christy Reed, former Olympic ice skating star now teaching skating. Christy, wracked with grief over the loss of her parents, saw her sister’s house burn to the ground with Ginny in it.
Christy felt she was handling the tragedies fairly well until she receives a letter from beyond the grave: a letter from Ginny that seems to indicate she is still alive but in the hands of a kidnapper. Despite warnings to the contrary, Christy turns to the FBI for assistance. Special Agent McGregor lands the case as his first with the Bureau.
Lance, assigned to open the cold case, comes up with more questions than answers. Ginny seemed to have no enemies. Christy’s parent’s auto accident may be murder. Could Christy be the target instead of her family? As they follow slim leads and faint trails, the kidnapper/murder creeps closer.
I could not put this book down. Page after page of drama and excitement and twists and turns. And an ever-building attraction between Christy and Lance. The denouement is exciting. You’ll be cheering Lance and his cohorts on and shivering with Christy as the evil advances toward her. Five stars! Well-done, Irene!Irene is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels. She is the seven-time nominee and three-time winner of the RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and is a member of the RWA Hall of Fame. Her romance/suspense series are Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, Private Justice, and this new series, Men of Valor. You’ll want the first book in that series, Buried Secrets, as well as Thin Ice. To quote her bio, “when not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.” For more information, check out IreneHannon.com.