Book Review: Heart of Ice by: P.J. Parrish

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publish Date: February 26, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Florida PI Louis Kincaid wants to wear a badge again. But before he can, he must return home to Michigan— and some unfinished business. He hopes to bond with ten-year-old Lily, the daughter he only recently learned existed, and reunite with girlfriend Joe Frye. But new clues to an unsolved murder put his plans on ice. A trip with Lily to enchanting Mackinac Island turns grim when the child falls on a pile of old bones; the dangerous discovery reopens the cold case of Julie Chapman, a teenager from one of the wealthy summer families, who vanished two decades ago. And when Louis is forced to cooperate with a tough state investigator who once worked with Joe, tensions skyrocket. Now, what was supposed to be a time of building lasting ties splinters into disturbing fragments, personally and professionally, as Louis pursues a mystery entangled in dark family secrets and twists even he can’t predict.

Review: Louis Kincaid is a private investigator trying to fix a lot of things in his life – forge a relationship with his newfound daughter, fix his relationship with girlfriend Joe Frye, and become a police officer again. When he goes home to Michigan to spend time with his daughter on Mackinac Island, they find the remains of a woman in an abandoned home. The island sheriff asks Kincaid to stick around and lend a hand, but when a hardnosed state investigator comes on board, Kincaid is ready to head back to Florida. Yet, Lily’s plea to bring the woman home to her family pulls at Kincaid’s heart and he sticks out the investigation, with a little help from Joe.

‘Heart of Ice’ is the first Louis Kincaid book I've read, but I was easily swept into the story and characters. A lot of time has gone by since the original crime and the discovery of the skeleton opens up a whole can of worms the sheriff of Mackinac Island was not ready or trained to deal with, so Kincaid’s input is greatly needed. I was caught up in the decades old mystery turned fresh, biting my nails until the chilling conclusion. ‘Heart of Ice’ is a great stand-alone book, but I’m sure readers who have followed the series will enjoy it immensely, too!

Louis Kincaid Series: Dark Of The Moon (1), Dead Of Winter (2), Paint It Black (3), Thicker Than Water (4), Island Of Bones (5), A Killing Rain (6), An Unquiet Grave (7), A Thousand Bones (8), South of Hell (9), The Little Death (10), Claw Back (10.5), Heart of Ice (11)


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