Blonde Ice by R.G. Belsky -- Review

Monday, March 13, 2017


Title: Blonde Ice
Author: R.G. Belsky
Publishing: October 18th 2016 by Atria Books
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1501129783

Summary:

From the author of the “thought-provoking thriller” (Jan Burke) The Kennedy Connection comes a gripping mystery featuring crime-stopper and star Daily News reporter Gil Malloy who takes on his most explosive and exciting story yet—a blonde femme fatale in New York City who is killing men for thrills.

Son of Sam. Ted Bundy. The Boston Strangler. All of these infamous serial killers who made front page news shared a common trait—they were men who killed women for a sexual thrill.

But now Gil Malloy—ace reporter for the New York Daily News—is on the trail of a different kind of serial killer who breaks all of the rules. Dubbed “Blonde Ice” by the media, she’s a sexy blonde who picks up seemingly random men at bars and clubs, has sex with them, and then brutally murders them afterwards.

Malloy—who is already in the middle of a major political story about the election of the next New York City mayor—finds himself drawn to the case by secrets from his past. As he digs deeper, he begins to suspect that there could be some kind of link between the mayoral race and the emergence of the Blonde Ice killings.

As the body count and the political stakes continue to rise, Malloy soon realizes he’s covering what could be the biggest story of his career. All he has to do is live through it.

Review: 

What an enjoyable read! I loved the pace of the story and found Blonde Ice to be incredibly hard to put down. The reader follows along as Gil Mallow, reporter for the New York Daily News is pulled into a murder case by a female serial killer. Time after time I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but I never found out the real truth until the very end. I love when a story is twisted, complex, and impossible to guess the ending. 

There were portions of the story that became a little drawn out, but they didn't last long and the action kicked right back up in the next chapter. Blonde Ice was different than most crime fiction I've read because even though Gil was chasing a serial killer, there was still a jovial feeling to the novel. There were many serious parts, but Gil always managed to turn things around for a laugh or two. I felt like I was reading an episode of SVU with a comedy mixed in. 

Blonde Ice is an action packed crime novel that is impossible to put down. From the moment I read the first page I knew I needed to go ahead and clear my calendar for the rest of the day. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy crime fiction with a touch of romance. Thank you Atria Books for sharing such a fun read! 

Rating 4/5 

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