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Dry Ice by Stephen White
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Aug 19, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: murder-mystery, suspense-thriller
Read in August, 2009

Stephen White is a really excellent writer. This book in the series continues developing Dr. Gregory's character and relationship with his family and friends. It is more a psychological than an action thriller, though there are still dead bodies, suspense and tension, and a crazy killer. I liked the psychological term sublimation, which means taking a traumatic life-shattering event in your life and changing it into something positive that you can live with. I thought Dry Ice was going to be about secrets, but instead it was about transforming traumatic events (which are usually secrets) into positive outcomes. The title, Dry Ice, is an example in the physical world of sublimation, changing from one state to another without "melting" in the process, and the story itself is an example of Dr. Gregory's attempts to go through a process of becoming "dry ice." Dr. Gregory's angst and downward spiraling is a bit too pessimistic for my tastes, but I suspect that given Stephen White's clinical background, this wallowing in self-pity is not exaggerated. The book was still an excellent story and very thought-provoking, if a bit on the dark side. (I admit I prefer strong, optimistic, good characters.)
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message 1: by Dustin Crazy little brown owl (last edited Nov 06, 2009 05:39PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dustin Crazy little brown owl Hi Dlora!
I live in Boulder County, Colorado and recently started a group on Goodreads called Stephen White - Alan Gregory. Since you're a fan of Stephen White I wanted to invite you to join. Come check us out and join if you're interested. If you do a search in groups for Stephen White, the group will come right up - there are also links to the group from any of his books review pages. I'm currently reading The Siege.

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