Monday, April 4, 2011

Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

The Triple Threat Club is back. Nicole, Allison and Cassidy face a chilling murderer. Elizabeth is a sociopath. Her lies are so believable she almost becomes Cassidy's best friend. She manipulates the people around her orchestrating a series of apparently unrelated crimes. Arson, is followed by theft, fraud and eventually murder. The friends try to piece together the seemingly random crimes at the same time they're dealing with their own family and health problems.

I enjoyed the book. The suspense is well done. As Elizabeth pulls more people in her web, you want to keep reading to find out how far she can go. However, when I stopped reading and thought about the characters, I found the manipulation rather unbelievable. The characters who committed the crimes seemed far to ready to follow Elizabeth's lead. Perhaps sociopaths are this successful in manipulating people, but it seemed facile.

The main characters, Nicole, Allison, and Cassidy, are delightful They come across as very real as they struggle with their jobs as well as their personal problems. I find it very realistic that while Allison has a deep faith, Cassidy and particularly Nicole struggle with what they believe. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a satisfying read.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson as part of the Book Sneeze program.