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Out of the Ice

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  137 reviews
By the bestselling author of The Lost Swimmer, a tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica

When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine.

Despite new life thriving in the icy wilderness, the whaling station is brimming with awf
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Simon & Schuster
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
4.5 Stars
What a great read! I saw this at Big W the other day in the top 10 section and it reminded me that I had it on my kindle ready to go! I have been so swamped with books to review lately, and this was one of the ones I was most looking forward to reading. But with other deadlines and tours I haven't had a chance to read it before now. Good things come to those who wait!

Laura is an environmental scientist. She is sent to an old whaling station on a remote island in Antarctica to study the
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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Out of the Ice starts slowly but builds up into a fast paced thriller. Starting out in the Antarctic there are some lovely descriptions of the local wildlife and the wonderful scenery. The main character, Laura, then manages somehow to buzz all around the world ( I kept wondering who was paying) and ends up helping the police solve some rather nasty crimes.

I enjoyed the story and the suspense which was well done, and in fact I liked the whole book. However I felt it fell short in a few ways. Th
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Out of the Ice by Ann Turner is a diamond. It is a multi-faceted story; complex, heart-breaking in parts, stunning in others.

Out of the Ice covers a range of subjects important in today's society. Environmental issues; refugees; human trafficking; the ethics of drug trials; and explores human weakness in it's many forms. She also delivers a heart-wrenching reminder that it is easiest to misunderstand those who are most important in our lives, those whom we should treasure the most.

All this is e
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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E-book gifted by NetGalley for review.

Laura Alvarado an environmental scientist is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on the abandoned Fredelighavn Whaling Station for an Environmental Impact Assessment. Upon arriving at Alliance Station, a scientific Antarctic outpost, she straight away gets the feeling that all is not as it seems. The head of Alliance, Connaught does not like Laura, when she starts asking questions about the station and its purpose, she is met with silence. Her suspic
Working in the Antarctic was a dream come true for environmental scientist Dr Laura Alvarado – her love of the wild animals; the beauty of the whales; the majesty of the penguins – meant every day was filled with contentment. The peace and serenity which surrounded her meant she didn’t miss her home in Melbourne Australia; her mother rang and emailed Laura often. The day Georgia, her boss, told Laura she had been chosen to do a special report on an abandoned whaling station with the view of allo ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie-authors
Laura Alvarado an environmental scientist, is coming to the end of a 18 month stint in Antarctica.
Of late Laura's life has been troubled. Two failed marriages and a still born son that she has never gotten over.
There is a derelict whaling station near by that some countries want opened up for tourism and Laura has been asked to do a feasibility study on it. Whilst studying the area Laura sees a young boy trapped in the ice, screaming for help. When Laura goes to help the boy he disappears witho
Australian marine biologist Laura Alvarado is coming towards the end of her eighteen month contract working in the Antarctic when she is asked to go to undertake an environmental impact study on an old Norwegian whaling station that has been proposed to be opened up as a museum for tourists. When she arrives at the British base nearby she feels that something is wrong. The other scientists are unfriendly and intimidating and there is a lot of secrecy about the work of the station. On top of that ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Out of the Ice by Australian author Ann Turner is set on a remote Antarctic Island and is a great book to read in winter huddled under the covers.

Laura Alvarado is an environmental scientist sent to make a detailed report on an abandoned whaling station where not all is as it seems.

The wildlife in this region of antarctica (whales, penguins and seals), the isolation and the freezing cold elements form a great backdrop to the novel and are well-written. The scenes that take place in the creepy an
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Ann Turner’s previous book, The Lost Swimmer, and was eager to read her new offering, a thriller set in the Antarctic.

When it comes to the icy setting, I won’t complain. Turner’s vivid descriptions of Antarctica and its wildlife are enthralling. Turner also utilises the unlikely location co-stars of Venice and Nantucket. Turner takes advantage of the uniqueness of the three landscapes and effortlessly creates a series of eerie atmospheres. The one thing these three places has in common
I previously read Ann Turner's first book 'The Lost Swimmer' with enjoyment but I must admit her new novel 'Out Of The Ice' surpassed all expectations.

Laura Alvarado trained as a marine biologist and made her name by studying the relationship between penguins and krill in the Southern Ocean. Antarctica was her first love and pulled her back, she is currently there on a 18 month contact with the Australian Antarctic Division. Asked to do a field assignment at Alliance Station - a British base, it
Trigger warnings: stillbirth, death of a child (in the past), graphic descriptions of whaling, death of a friend, (view spoiler)

I'm a sucker for a decent thriller, and the fact that this one is set in Antarctica immediately tipped me over the edge into picking it up.

The beginning, I'll admit, is definitely a little on the slow side. There's a lot of description of Antarctic wildlife and historic villages and who even knows what else. But things gradually get cr
Liz Barnsley
I read Ann Turner's previous novel - The Lost Swimmer - and really enjoyed it for it's beautiful descriptive prose and the way the author portrays her characters, but maybe not so much for the mystery elements, it was more character drama than mystery.

I would say that is true of Out Of The Ice as well - although this one is slightly more edgy and refined, most of what attracted me throughout the read was the sense of place - the frozen, deserted Antarctic, where one woman who should be alone rea
3.5 stars

This was a bit of a mixed bag.

To be honest, I was reluctant to read this novel, because I couldn't imagine being that entertained by a story set in the Antarctica, but it came highly recommended by some GR friends, so I decided to request it on NetGalley.

Luckily, Out of the Ice was much more interesting than I expected it to be.

I've learned a fair bit about the research stations and their operations. Also, I've learnt some things about the fauna. That was all absorbing. Ann Turner's vi
Karen Brooks
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s something about books set in the Antarctic that really appeal. I don’t know whether it’s the pristine environment, the abundant wildlife, the climatic conditions, the human isolation, desolation, horrific and courageous history and the potential all of this has as an incredible setting, but I find books that tackle all this hard to resist. My only condition, is these novels have to be really well written and maintain a pace as far from glacial as possible or, like the old huts and equipm ...more
I love artic thrillers but despite an okay start, the story went downhill with unrealistic character development in context of the story and environment.

Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I give this a 2.5 and I really wanted to like it more. Unfortunately I found parts of it tedious and slow and the ending for me was just not believable and over the top! Descriptions of the environment were great and gave you a real sense of the vastness and potential danger, but to be honest the endless descriptions of the heroine's meals was weird. I found Kate the most authentic character amongst a bunch of caricatures. It just seemed that it was padded out for the first 2/3 and then a mad ru ...more
Todd Simpson
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so enjoyable and easy to read. Being set in the Antarctic made this story quite unique. The Author has done an amazing job of explaining what a beautiful, but harsh and uncompromising place it is. There is plenty of suspense, and a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, and If I could I would give it six stars. Ann Turner has an obvious talent for writing.

Sharon J
This is a very engaging story that takes the reader into the cold domain of Antartica. The location is incredible and so clearly portrayed. A thrilling story that gets hold of you and keeps you there - full of suspense and the unexpected. Absolutely loved it. All the characters were incredible including the main character Laura, her boss Georgia and friend Kate as well as the male contingents at the Alliance Station.
This is a great read and I would highly recommend it!
Thank you to Netgalley Ne
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

Beautiful, tense, haunting and thrilling. I was helpless to put this down and can’t believe this is Turner’s second novel. She managed to capture the loneliness and the bliss of working on the ice while causing my heart beat out of my chest and my mind to constantly question who is the hero and who is the villain.

It's impossible not to appreciate Turner's love for the Antarctic wildlife and their vulnerability to human interference and of course brutality. The history of whaling was
Bree T
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book a few months ago, I absolutely knew I had to read it. I love books set in Antarctica. Doesn’t really matter what they’re about, anything set there immediately goes straight on my wishlist. There’s something so fascinating about it – the isolation, the harsh landscape, the protected wildlife. The fact that really, it’s close to us but utterly foreign. The people that have died, trying to conquer it. It makes for one of the best settings, in my opinion.

Laura is a
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww-2016
This book grabbed me right from the first page. I think it was the Antarctic setting that really got me invested. My previous visual of Antarctica was a bleak, frozen landscape with only sparse, functional buildings. I had never thought of it in terms of actual settlements with real houses and whole communities of people living and working together in one of the furtherest outposts on earth. For the first time ever I could actually understand why people might choose to visit Antarctica or even t ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Put simply, I loved this book! Turner has clearly done her homework when it comes to researching her subject matter. From the detailed explanations of the various penguin colonies to the various species of the whales featured in this book. The back drop of Antartica made this a very interesting, out of the ordinary place for this thriller.

From page one I was enthralled with the creep factor that Turner managed to weave through the story
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘There was no normal in Antarctica.’

Laura Alvarado is an environmental scientist working in Antarctica. She is sent to an outpost on a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned Norwegian whaling station, as part of an environmental impact assessment. But nothing is as it seems in this place. From the beginning,
Laura finds she is treated as an outsider. And when she travels to the whaling station, the wildlife behaves strangely. There are signs of recent human interference around the wha
Helen Goltz
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a read. I vacillated between holding my breath and glancing at the words through webbed fingers … you could cut the tension with a knife.

The characters were so-well drawn that I felt I knew them, and the eerie cold Antarctic setting was both intriguing and chilling, literally.

I was also delighted that the author didn’t do the cliché scary stuff – characters didn’t take stupid risks to heighten the drama; it was realistic and as a result, powerful.

I particularly loved one paragraph that
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ann Turner’s Out of the Ice uses the point of view of environmentalist Laura Alvarado to reveal both the wonder and the threats within this amazing landscape: Newtown Review of Books ...more

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Out of the Ice follows Laura Alvarado as she ventures to the South Safety Island base in Antarctica. Her mission: to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment on Fredelighavn, an old whaling station that is now an Exclusion Zone. But this ghostown, a treasure trove of 1950s culture, isn’t as vacant as it seems.

“Goosebumps pricked my arms and I shone the torch behind me and to both sides, again feeling like I was being watched.”
Environmental scientist Dr Laura Alvarado is no stranger to Antarctica, having spent the best part of her career conducting research in this harsh, pristine and untouched wilderness. When she is chosen to conduct an environmental impact assessment on Fredelighavn, an old Norwegian whaling station abandoned in the 1950’s after whaling had been made illegal, she is excited – the area has been an exclusion zone for decades, and Laura hopes to discover some interesting finds there. Yet her arrival o ...more
Nadia King
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
If Antarctica appeals to you and you enjoy thrilling crime novels, then don’t miss this killer read: Out of the Ice by Australian author and screenwriter, Ann Turner.
Turner has written an edge-of –your-seat-thriller set in the eerie and frozen landscape of Antarctica.
Australian scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to make an environmental assessment of Fredelighavn; an old Norwegian whaling station subject to an Exclusion Order and abandoned since 1957. When the wildlife
Rowena Holloway
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 *
A boy trapped in ice…
a town preserved in time…
Out of the Ice by Anne Turner is absolutely chilling and very atmospheric!
The village preserved in time is an inspired setting. The location, the creepy scientists and Laura’s mental state after a year in Antarctica make for a compelling mystery. The atmosphere is (literally) chilling.
Laura is an interesting character with plenty of family issues and a trauma that makes you question what she believes. The first two chapters set this up, unnecess
I was caught up in this one from the very beginning. I loved that it was so fast-paced, but with great descriptions of Antarctica, the penguins, the seals, the blizzards, the ice - I almost felt like I was there! I haven’t read many books set in Antarctica, but it does interest me, although not enough to go there myself, so I will have to make do with reading about it! And it was a clever idea for a story - as I read page after page, I was questioning who was trustworthy and what was really happ ...more
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Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener.

Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart — which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time, Hammers Over Th

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