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Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
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Jan 22, 2008

really liked it

The first page sucked me right in. Dusty, sitting alone in her house, far from any neighbors, receives a phone call from a mysterious boy who has just overdosed on pills and wants to hear a comforting voice as he slips into death. As they talk, the boy lets slip details that convince Dusty he knows what happened to her brother, Josh, who disappeared two years ago. In a panic, Dusty races out into a snow storm to find the boy and a clue to finding Josh.

Bowler creates a taut, atmospheric thriller set in a small town on the English moors. The first chapters reminded me of a horror flick, but the intensity ebbed and flowed slightly as the novel progressed (allowing me to fall asleep at night, which was a nice perk). The plot took a number of unexpected turns that kept it from turning into a Wes Craven novel. There were even - dare I say - elements of magical realism. But in a good way!

Highly recommend it to anyone looking for an atmospheric mystery with plenty of scary chase scenes.

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