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After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the ca After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda. Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.


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After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the ca After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda. Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.

30 review for Thin Ice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    "A thread of tension snaked her way, and she braced for whatever was coming." When it comes to Christan-penned suspense/thrillers, it's an iffy proposition. An either/or type of thing: the plot could be thrilling and the characters interesting, but the suspense or action or dialogue is too vanilla-safe or superfluous or piously stiff or ridiculously lame. Or any combination of the above. So it's a rare treat to find a book or series which excites me with all the earmarks of a superbly written mai "A thread of tension snaked her way, and she braced for whatever was coming." When it comes to Christan-penned suspense/thrillers, it's an iffy proposition. An either/or type of thing: the plot could be thrilling and the characters interesting, but the suspense or action or dialogue is too vanilla-safe or superfluous or piously stiff or ridiculously lame. Or any combination of the above. So it's a rare treat to find a book or series which excites me with all the earmarks of a superbly written mainstream suspense/thriller (and with tolerable romantic components) but without hardcore expletives, lewdness, and/or excessively graphic violent descriptives. Thin Ice is that one in a thousand rare treat! Irene Hannon and her Private Justice series wowed me beyond all my expectations. I'm uber impressed! Riveting and clever plot, with some intense torques and twists. Nail-biting, sneak-up-on-you action and suspense. Contemporary dialogue that felt so authentic it was like eavesdropping on conversations. And/or eerily akin to being in someone's head audibly hearing their thoughts; which is a serious "creep factor" with a macabre, ice-cold sociopath. His poor little grandma. Bless her heart. I know she's not real, but I just wanted to scoop her up and bring her home with me. Speaking of characters, major and minor, I thoroughly bought into their circumstances, actions, reasonings, lifestyles, attitudes, histories.... really, the whole gambit. They were 'leap-off-the-page' believable. My only critical observation, which is common in almost all thrillers and most fiction, the majority of key characters are tall, slender, uber physically fit, and drop dead gorgeous/handsome. I would love to read more books that offer grander variations describing physical attributes. After all, people come in all shapes and sizes. Slightly pudgy people with wonky noses fall in love, too. But they seem to only pop up in comedic tales and stereotyping tragedies. Just a thought..... Oh, but at least the characters in this book weren't superhuman perfect and ridiculously infallible. They had their flaws and limits. And not everything worked out perfectly. Sometimes they had to backtrack and regroup. No convenient coincidences. Stereotype musing aside, I immensely enjoyed reading this romantic-suspense/thriller, first in series. It was a truly welcome change of pace for me. Well, except for the rats. Creepo!!! I didn't enjoy them, not one bit! But still, they certainly didn't deserve all that..... FIVE ***** Applaudable and Captivating, Christian-Penned Suspense Thrilling ***** STARS

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    As always, this suspense novel by Irene Hannon was full of action, twists, and nail-biting suspense along with romance and faith in action. Christy Reed is just finding her way out of the grief of losing both her parents and her sister in a short space of time when she gets a letter from her dead sister. I liked how her faith kept her grounded and how her strong character wouldn't let her be intimidated by the customary "don't go to the police" threat. Adding to the suspense is the fact that you As always, this suspense novel by Irene Hannon was full of action, twists, and nail-biting suspense along with romance and faith in action. Christy Reed is just finding her way out of the grief of losing both her parents and her sister in a short space of time when she gets a letter from her dead sister. I liked how her faith kept her grounded and how her strong character wouldn't let her be intimidated by the customary "don't go to the police" threat. Adding to the suspense is the fact that you also get part of the story from the perspective of the bad guy, who is plenty creepy and physco. You'll be on the edge of your seat as you follow the story and try to determine if Ginny is still alive and why this guy has an agenda against Christy and her family. You'll also enjoy the undercurrent of romance between Christy and FBI Agent Lance McGregor. *Thanks to Revell & NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.* See my full review at http://smilingbookreviews.blogspot.co...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Olsen

    *My Thoughts* I don't know why I can watch thriller shows like NCIS and not freak out about it but whenever I read a suspense novel, I find myself looking over my shoulder for days. Days, guys. It's seriously ridiculous. Which is why I have no idea why I continue to read and review them, but I do. Especially when it comes to Irene Hannon. When I requested Buried Secrets, the first book in this series, I decided I would request no more suspense novels. Then I read the book. And I almost cried when *My Thoughts* I don't know why I can watch thriller shows like NCIS and not freak out about it but whenever I read a suspense novel, I find myself looking over my shoulder for days. Days, guys. It's seriously ridiculous. Which is why I have no idea why I continue to read and review them, but I do. Especially when it comes to Irene Hannon. When I requested Buried Secrets, the first book in this series, I decided I would request no more suspense novels. Then I read the book. And I almost cried when I realized that the next book was not set to come out for another 9 months. Nine excruciatingly long months later, here we are! I fell in love with the characters in the first book and when I saw Mac's brother was the main male protagonist in this book, I HAD to read it. Honestly, if I was unable to review this, I would have bought it myself. Thankfully, I was able to review it and I was not disappointed! The story line was heartbreaking and emotionally engaging and realistic enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I was so excited to read something that didn't follow the story of every other mystery/suspense novel I had read. Irene managed to keep me engaged enough to read the whole book in one sitting! I'm pretty sure both Christy and Lance made it to my heroine and heros of the year list. Lance was such a gentleman and very sweet but everyone has their own demons and I love how Irene presented them to us without shoving them between chapters. Christy and Lance were able to help each other face their fears and to learn to trust God in every circumstance. Their attraction and growing interest in each other was palpable but the case had to be their focus. One reason I think that suspense books are 'scarier' then the tv shows is the killers point of view. In at least most of the suspense novels I've read, you get little tastes of what is going on, who's guilty, and why they are how they are. It's terrifying and invigorating at the same time and Irene pulls it off every. Single. Time. Congrats, Irene, you will have me looking over my shoulder for weeks this time! I can say with 100% certainty, I will be counting down the days until book 3 comes out! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* This is the best suspense I've ever read and I cannot wait for her next! Fantastic writing, heart breaking story line, and engaging characters are just part of it's mysterious charm! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Thin Ice by Irene Hannon... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *Audience* Suspense lovers? You are going to love this book! Perfect for readers that love works from Colleen Coble, Candace Calvert, Lynette Eason, and Dani Pettrey! *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Such a delightful suspense read! Christy is a former competitive ice skater whose entire family died in accidents within months of each other—her parents in a freak car accident and her only sister in a house fire. She is still grieving when a letter arrives, addressed to her in her sister's hand. She goes to the FBI, and agent Lance McGregor takes on the case. What follows is a high-stakes game with Christy's life in peril. Someone is out for revenge, and she has no clue who. The mystery is laye Such a delightful suspense read! Christy is a former competitive ice skater whose entire family died in accidents within months of each other—her parents in a freak car accident and her only sister in a house fire. She is still grieving when a letter arrives, addressed to her in her sister's hand. She goes to the FBI, and agent Lance McGregor takes on the case. What follows is a high-stakes game with Christy's life in peril. Someone is out for revenge, and she has no clue who. The mystery is layered and difficult to piece together correctly, which I love. And the buildup to the end had me flipping pages as fast as I could. I've already recommended this to two people at the bookstore! I'm eager for book three...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thin Ice was another good romantic suspense read from Irene Hannon. I liked the main characters, especially Lance. I found the mystery interesting and the ending was CRAZY. The figure skating aspects were intriguing and I liked how you never knew what was going to happen next. I was definitely surprised by a certain thing that happened in the story, but I won't say what to avoid spoilers. I love how this series is about three brothers: book one, Mac; book two, Lance; and book three, Finn. I have l Thin Ice was another good romantic suspense read from Irene Hannon. I liked the main characters, especially Lance. I found the mystery interesting and the ending was CRAZY. The figure skating aspects were intriguing and I liked how you never knew what was going to happen next. I was definitely surprised by a certain thing that happened in the story, but I won't say what to avoid spoilers. I love how this series is about three brothers: book one, Mac; book two, Lance; and book three, Finn. I have loved getting to know these brothers and cannot wait to read the last book when it releases. Overall, I really enjoyed Thin Ice and recommend it if you enjoy romantic suspense. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Not Hannon's best work by any means, but not bad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Thin Ice is a great addition to the Men of Valor series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, as well. Each book in the series features a different McGregor brother. I have read book one, Buried Secrets, and have really enjoyed both books in the series. One of the things I have noticed in the Irene Hannon books that I have read is that the reader will be able to read from not only the hero and heroine’s perspectives, but also from the villain’s perspective. Thin Ice is no exception. Every once Thin Ice is a great addition to the Men of Valor series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, as well. Each book in the series features a different McGregor brother. I have read book one, Buried Secrets, and have really enjoyed both books in the series. One of the things I have noticed in the Irene Hannon books that I have read is that the reader will be able to read from not only the hero and heroine’s perspectives, but also from the villain’s perspective. Thin Ice is no exception. Every once in a while, during the story, the reader sees things from the bad guy’s point of view…and he is super creepy! While this method does reveal the villain to the reader fairly early on, it does not take away from the scariness of this person. Also, the full reasoning of his actions and the full extent of his evilness is not completely revealed until near the end. Special Agent Lance McGregor may be new to the FBI, but he has experience as a Delta Force operator. He is strong and determined and has been through a lot of painful experiences during his military service, which have caused him to question his faith. Christy Reed has had to handle a lot in the past year. She has held onto her faith and even though the things she must deal with in the story were incredibly hard, she resolved to stay strong and do whatever was necessary to help the FBI. I loved the connection between the two main characters in Thin Ice. I thought the romantic tension between Christy and Lance was great, loved that I got to revisit Mac and Lisa from book one a bit, and enjoyed that Finn (the youngest brother) ends up in the story line as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    A suspenseful plot, a creepy villain, a vulnerable victim, and themes of sacrifice and family make this a compelling book. The villain was creepier than I expected, and the scenes from that point of view kept the pace moving forward. At first Christy is looking for answers, but Lance soon realizes she is in a desperate situation. Her anxiety is palpable as she waits for the next clue or discovery, and I was biting my nails in trepidation. There is also a subplot with Lance's brother serving in s A suspenseful plot, a creepy villain, a vulnerable victim, and themes of sacrifice and family make this a compelling book. The villain was creepier than I expected, and the scenes from that point of view kept the pace moving forward. At first Christy is looking for answers, but Lance soon realizes she is in a desperate situation. Her anxiety is palpable as she waits for the next clue or discovery, and I was biting my nails in trepidation. There is also a subplot with Lance's brother serving in special forces overseas, and Lance's devotion to his family is admirable. The romance between Lance and Christy followed the same formula as the previous book in the series- they verbally acknowledge the attraction to each other and make a plan to pursue a relationship after the case is closed. It kind of kills the anticipation and romantic tension. They still shared some special moments and I especially enjoyed the ending scene which is heart-warming. (Thank you to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Christy and Lance's story...where do I start? Hannon at her BEST. Characters to enjoy, twists and turns that you kiiind of see coming, but then, again, not quite. Rich backstory and a strong supporting cast make this novel stand out among her repertoire in the suspense genre. Aaand now to go and find Finn's story! The best review I can leave for a book is that I'm ready for that author's next one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    I received this book by Revell Publishing in return for an honest review. I am such a fan of mysteries. I’ve recently found a love for reading mysteries and thrillers. So I jumped at the chance to read and review this awesome-sounding mystery. Let me start off by saying that I had no idea this was the second book in a series. I had no idea (and this isn’t the first time this has happened…). But, you honestly don’t HAVE to read the first book to understand this one. I’m sure I would have understood I received this book by Revell Publishing in return for an honest review. I am such a fan of mysteries. I’ve recently found a love for reading mysteries and thrillers. So I jumped at the chance to read and review this awesome-sounding mystery. Let me start off by saying that I had no idea this was the second book in a series. I had no idea (and this isn’t the first time this has happened…). But, you honestly don’t HAVE to read the first book to understand this one. I’m sure I would have understood the parts with his brother in it better (since the first book is about this protagonist’s older brother), but it wasn’t necessary. (I also learned afterwards that there is a book in another series about the same guy in this book… this is like a huge puzzle) Okay, so this is technically an adult book. I have read a very limited amount of modern adult books (all from this publishing company, actually), so I’m sure my review will sound different than all the adults out there who are also reviewing this book. So, I wasn’t the BIGGEST fan of this book. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t… amazing. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, mainly. Again, it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t something I loved. The plot was okay, overall, but I’m not planning on re-reading it, and I don’t even know if I’m going to read the rest of the series. I feel like this book would be more appealing to adults, but to the YA lover in me, I didn’t get attached. The romance was cheesy and bland. I don’t understand how adults can bash YA and say it’s kids stuff, and then read this. The writing and romance wasn’t profound or deep or new or even great., and I’ve found way better stuff in YA books. The plot was lacking character and interest. It had a good storyline to it, but then it fell flat and didn’t wow me. The mystery wasn’t mysterious. The characters were boring. The antagonist was scary (seriously, he was twisted), but it didn’t surprise me or excite me. If this book wasn’t for review purposes, I probably would have given up halfway through. This book is Christian and totally clean, though. In the end, its an okay but basic adult ‘mystery’ that left me bored. -Lilian-

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Epperson

    This gripping prologue will pull the reader in immediately. Christy Reed has lost all of her family members in the past 6 months and she is consumed with grief. When a letter appears addressed to her in Ginny's writing she suddenly finds hope that her sister is a live. She contacts the FBI, against instructions of the letter, in hopes they can assist her. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor is new to the bureau having just retired from as a Delta Force operator. His first case would be Christy's an This gripping prologue will pull the reader in immediately. Christy Reed has lost all of her family members in the past 6 months and she is consumed with grief. When a letter appears addressed to her in Ginny's writing she suddenly finds hope that her sister is a live. She contacts the FBI, against instructions of the letter, in hopes they can assist her. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor is new to the bureau having just retired from as a Delta Force operator. His first case would be Christy's and he quickly finds a lot of unanswered questions and to solve this mystery he must pull out all his training. This author is well known for her romantic suspense novels. She brings a spine tingling mystery interlaced with a romance and edge of your seat suspense that will quickly draw the reader in and keep them reading. This was one of the best nights of insomnia ever. The author vividly describes Christy's raw emotions in the first few pages that drew me in. The characters are complex and have very real issues. There are twists and turns and romantic tension. Suddenly the characters find things more complicated that they ever imagined. A spectacular read that I would recommend to anyone who loves mystery or suspense. * I received this book from the publisher through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Another fantastic suspense novel from Irene Hannon! This book is really great and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get my hands on book #3!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon's suspense books, I have enjoyed every single one to date so needless to say I was greatly anticipating Thin Ice, I was not disappointed! I loved Christy and Lance, they were awesome main characters. I also loved how this book featured figure skating, something I've always wanted to learn to do. The suspense in this book was SO good, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can't wait to read Finn's book when it releases! Another thing I really loved about I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon's suspense books, I have enjoyed every single one to date so needless to say I was greatly anticipating Thin Ice, I was not disappointed! I loved Christy and Lance, they were awesome main characters. I also loved how this book featured figure skating, something I've always wanted to learn to do. The suspense in this book was SO good, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can't wait to read Finn's book when it releases! Another thing I really loved about this book was that we got to see Special Agent Mark Sanders again and get a bit of an update on his and Emily's lives, that was super cool, thanks for including it Irene! Thin Ice is definitely another one for the keeper shelf, I can't wait to see what Irene has in store for us next!!! I highly recommend Thin Ice as well as all of Irene's other suspense books! And on a side note, I love the cover! It will definitely be one of my favorite covers of 2016! I was honored to receive a review copy of this amazing book from Revell publishers in exchange for my honest review!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    I was a bit disappointed with book 1 in this series, but Thin Ice exceeded my expectations and might be one of my favourite books. From a twisted creepy villain, fast paced suspense that kept me turning pages right up till the end, characters filled with depth and a family united through tragedy, all made for a great read. I loved the characters in this book. Christy and Lance both had depth and I just loved Lance. I loved that he could show emotion but also be the hero of the day. The plot with F I was a bit disappointed with book 1 in this series, but Thin Ice exceeded my expectations and might be one of my favourite books. From a twisted creepy villain, fast paced suspense that kept me turning pages right up till the end, characters filled with depth and a family united through tragedy, all made for a great read. I loved the characters in this book. Christy and Lance both had depth and I just loved Lance. I loved that he could show emotion but also be the hero of the day. The plot with Finn was also a beautiful addition which showed the warmth and closeness of the brothers and made me love them more. Christy caught a great one (wink wink). This book can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading this one before Finn's book as events affecting Finn occurred in this installment. Recommended for fans of Lynette Eason and Terri Blackstock.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Irene delivers another satisfying romantic suspense novels. Thin Ice had the creepiest villain of any of her other romantic suspense novels. Thin Ice and Irene Hannon's romantic suspense novels are recommended for fans of Terri Blackstock.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Carter

    This was amazing! One of my favorites!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Grade: B

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    First of all, I must point out how much I love the way Irene Hannon writes men and women as separate character types. Sometimes, in romance, there is nothing that especially distinguishes the two – especially when it comes to thoughts. But Hannon is one of those rare authors who captures the mind and reactions of a man so distinctly! So we get delightful gems like… Lance suddenly remembering what’s playing on his computer and then lunging toward the kitchen in a fruitless attempt to overtake his First of all, I must point out how much I love the way Irene Hannon writes men and women as separate character types. Sometimes, in romance, there is nothing that especially distinguishes the two – especially when it comes to thoughts. But Hannon is one of those rare authors who captures the mind and reactions of a man so distinctly! So we get delightful gems like… Lance suddenly remembering what’s playing on his computer and then lunging toward the kitchen in a fruitless attempt to overtake his brother before Mac discovers the figure skating video. I basically grinned the entire time Lance was in a scene. So… there’s that. The romantic tension between Lance and Christy was just fantastic and (as previously mentioned) brought plenty of opportunities for grins – and swoons. I also like that Hannon’s suspense series all take place in the same universe, so there’s always a high likelihood that you’ll bump into at least one familiar character from an already-loved series. That always makes me smile too! But if this is your first novel by this fabulous author, never fear! As someone who has read all of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense novels, I can promise you three things. 1. The romantical tension will make you grin and swoon and even resort to fanning yourself from time to time. 2. Gentle nuggets of faith seamlessly wrap around the story like a hug. 3. The suspense-driven tension will have you on the edge of your seat, frantically turning pages, biting your nails, unable to put down the book until the villain is brought to justice. And even then you might not be able to relax. You never can tell. Thin Ice turns each of those statements into reality – and then some! You always sorta know whodunit in that you read his/her perspective as well as those of the hero and heroine. But it’s the WHYdunit and the WATCHOUTHEISRIGHTBEHINDYOU moments that remind us why Irene Hannon’s name is at the top of so many romantic suspense recommendations. The added poignancy to the Men of Valor series lies in the McGregor brothers and their adjustment to life post-military. It’s been touched on some in these first two books, but I think we will see it even more in Finn’s story once it is released. Bottom Line: Thin Ice may very well be my favorite yet of Irene Hannon’s romantic suspense offerings. The romance, the suspense, the action, the characters – and their interactions with each other – are all just top-notch. This is definitely a novel I will keep on my favorites shelf to reread. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I really enjoy Irene Hannon's romantic suspense. I love the cover for her latest book, Thin Ice. Being an avid hockey fan, I was hoping the story would have something to do with hockey, but it has to do with an ex-figure skater. Thin Ice has the action, bad guy wanting to seek revenge, and the underplay of the romance that is expected from a romantic suspense novel. While the action starts on the first page, I kept flipping through the pages wanting to see how the story played out. The action sta I really enjoy Irene Hannon's romantic suspense. I love the cover for her latest book, Thin Ice. Being an avid hockey fan, I was hoping the story would have something to do with hockey, but it has to do with an ex-figure skater. Thin Ice has the action, bad guy wanting to seek revenge, and the underplay of the romance that is expected from a romantic suspense novel. While the action starts on the first page, I kept flipping through the pages wanting to see how the story played out. The action started off pretty fast, but then it slowed down a lot in the middle, but kicked back up at the end of the story. There were moments I wanted to put the book down and move onto another one. As for the characters, I really enjoyed returning to the story of Lance McGregor. He made an appearance in Buried Secrets, the first book in the Men of Valor series. I was happy to hear more of his story and learn more about his personality. Thin Ice makes him more of a realistic character that I really enjoyed learning more about. As for the heroine, Christy Reed, I would have liked to know more about her. She seems to be motivated as a child, but after an accident to take her out of the running for the Olympic Skating Team, she appears to be just moving through life. I feel bad that she lost her parents and her sister right before the start of the story, but I didn't really feel any connection to Christy. True to her roots, Irene Hannon created a romantic suspense that relies more on the romance than the actual suspense this time around. This is unusual for Hannon, so don't write her off if this book doesn't do it for you. Her earlier books are much better. I received a complimentary copy of Thin Ice from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    inkwell reviews-Rachelle

    inkwellreviews.com Thin Ice was yet another great read from Irene Hannon. It had mystery, suspense and romance; the whole package. Being an ice skater made Christy Reeds character so much more intriguing and unique. This book follows the same format as all her other books, which is good and bad. The format that she uses typically has the distressed lady, the man, who is in some form of law enforcement, and the heroic rescue at the end. The two then end up falling in love and living happily ever inkwellreviews.com Thin Ice was yet another great read from Irene Hannon. It had mystery, suspense and romance; the whole package. Being an ice skater made Christy Reeds character so much more intriguing and unique. This book follows the same format as all her other books, which is good and bad. The format that she uses typically has the distressed lady, the man, who is in some form of law enforcement, and the heroic rescue at the end. The two then end up falling in love and living happily ever after. I do really like this storyline and it makes for a great book, but when you’ve read all her suspense books it gets kind of repetitive. This series is by far her best yet, and I totally recommend reading it. I absolutely love the relationships between Lance and his brothers. They bring so much humor to the book. Every time they were in it I couldn’t help but smile. This book had me on the edge of my seat and looking around corners at night. With a bad guy that was on the absolute creep list, (if there even is one) this book will be glued to your hands until you finish. Then, you’ll wish you hadn’t read it so fast because you miss reading it. Needless-to-say, if you are a suspense fan this book is a must read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    My thoughts: Irene Hannon delves into the twisted world of psychopath and how war culture creates a downward spiral into the insanity that is the life of a psychopath. Single lady and former Olympic candidate figure skater is frightened enough by messages to seek the aid of the FBI. No one can find a cause for this threat against her and her family. Little did they realize that kindness had backfired on Christy. By developing characters rich in uplifting qualities and throwing them in the midst o My thoughts: Irene Hannon delves into the twisted world of psychopath and how war culture creates a downward spiral into the insanity that is the life of a psychopath. Single lady and former Olympic candidate figure skater is frightened enough by messages to seek the aid of the FBI. No one can find a cause for this threat against her and her family. Little did they realize that kindness had backfired on Christy. By developing characters rich in uplifting qualities and throwing them in the midst of various traumatic life events, the author has written another rich suspense story about men of valor. True the lead character is Christy, a female figure skater, but the male protagonist, Lance, brings strength, wisdom, and experience to bear as he and his coworkers ferret out the psychopath that is wreaking havoc on Christy's life. A tense, suspenseful read that is hard to put down. I look forward to book 3 in this series. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna (More Than a Review)

    Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is hard to put down. I was halfway through the book and had no idea if Ginny was alive or not. I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon and consider this one of her best books. The characters are likable and real. Christy was an ice skater who has recently lost her parents and her sister. Lance is an ex Delta Force operator now a rookie on the FBI team in St Louis. I loved Lance’s character. Hannon made him real, with an interesting back story, good family relationships, and the Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is hard to put down. I was halfway through the book and had no idea if Ginny was alive or not. I am a huge fan of Irene Hannon and consider this one of her best books. The characters are likable and real. Christy was an ice skater who has recently lost her parents and her sister. Lance is an ex Delta Force operator now a rookie on the FBI team in St Louis. I loved Lance’s character. Hannon made him real, with an interesting back story, good family relationships, and the ability to overcome his pride/ego and think logically. The villain is creepy and crazy. Several times I felt the fear of the grandmother as to what he would do to her next. Hannon has a unique ability to create just enough detail that you feel you are in the story but not so much detail that it bogs down the main storyline. I highly recommend Thin Ice. If you are looking for an awesome writer. I highly recommend Hannon. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    If you're a suspense/mystery fan, then I highly recommend Irene Hannon's books. She never disappoints. The action and tension are very high in her books, and her writing is excellent. This book was no exception to those statements. Book Two in the Men of Valor series finds the middle MacGregor brother, Lance on his first case with the FBI. After leaving the Delta Force with a load of guilt on his mind, he is determined to be a great FBI agent, and his first case is a hard one. Learning to let go If you're a suspense/mystery fan, then I highly recommend Irene Hannon's books. She never disappoints. The action and tension are very high in her books, and her writing is excellent. This book was no exception to those statements. Book Two in the Men of Valor series finds the middle MacGregor brother, Lance on his first case with the FBI. After leaving the Delta Force with a load of guilt on his mind, he is determined to be a great FBI agent, and his first case is a hard one. Learning to let go of the past while exploring the past in his case is not easy, but Lance will learn to let go. Will he find the faith he seemed to have forgotten in his process? A great story, very suspenseful and full of plot twists and turns. You will want to read all of Irene's books. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A great suspense with a sweet love story mixed in. Parts of it did seem to drag a bit, but overall it was a good read with an exciting storyline. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    I have yet to find an Irene Hannon mystery novel I like, but this one for some odd reason sounds more like my cup of tea. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Austin Walters

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Personal Response: I think this book was a great combination of a mystery book and Christian book. I enjoyed the Christian aspects of this book. I like that this book doesn't just show the easy part Christianity but the difficult part of keeping your faith in times of struggle. The author, in my opinion, has made a book that is captivating to many audiences. My favorite part of the book was the fact that the McGregor and Christy Reed use each other’s struggles to keep going. I like how this book Personal Response: I think this book was a great combination of a mystery book and Christian book. I enjoyed the Christian aspects of this book. I like that this book doesn't just show the easy part Christianity but the difficult part of keeping your faith in times of struggle. The author, in my opinion, has made a book that is captivating to many audiences. My favorite part of the book was the fact that the McGregor and Christy Reed use each other’s struggles to keep going. I like how this book was very fast passed with a lot going on at any time. Plot: This book is about Christy's sister who was thought to be killed in a fire when they realized she was really kidnapped. Ready to start a new career, McGregor, gets his first case which is a kidnapping that there seems to be no motive for. There then are several letters that continue to turn Christy's life inside out as she finds more out about her already grieved sister that she found out was never dead. She then turns for help which brings in detective Mac McGregor. As his team works to solve the mystery they found a dead body of a hooker. Even with the danger he and his team continue to search for the answers. Characterization: The book is told in the third person point of view. The main characters are McGregor and Christy. His character experiences many hard decisions that most can relate to such as deciding to do the right thing or not. Their characters go through several hardships. They handle pressures as best as she can and finds ways to cope with the harshness of his life. Recommendation: I would recommend Thin Ice to eighth grade and beyond who are not closed minded to faith because some of the subjects are faith-based. Both males and females would enjoy this book because the main characters are male and female. It also has universal subject matter and relatable characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    JaneReads

    Review can be found here. Christy has been through quite a bit of trauma over the past few months and just when life is beginning to return to normal a villain starts playing with her. In desperation she turns to the FBI and is hooked up with Special Agent Lance McGregor. Because the villain has told her not to involve the cops they create a ruse to keep the real reason for their relationship a secret, but what was a facade at first leads to feelings evolving. I enjoyed following this relationshi Review can be found here. Christy has been through quite a bit of trauma over the past few months and just when life is beginning to return to normal a villain starts playing with her. In desperation she turns to the FBI and is hooked up with Special Agent Lance McGregor. Because the villain has told her not to involve the cops they create a ruse to keep the real reason for their relationship a secret, but what was a facade at first leads to feelings evolving. I enjoyed following this relationship building. Christy has been amazingly strong during her trauma and she is able to show Lance that God has always been there for him through his painful experiences and is able to help lead him back to trusting God. This book did take me a little while to get into as I just didn’t connect with caring about the case as fast as I did in the previous book. However about half way through I was into the story, caring about the characters and really felt for what Christy was going through. The villain needed to be brought to justice! I was bothered by the fact that most of the way through I knew who the villain was but I didn’t understand their motive. Even when it was revealed I struggled with believing that was what had motivated them. But I was connected with the characters so much by this time that I accepted it and needed to know that everything was going to turn out alright. In addition to this case Lance is dealing with other cases and a personal situation that have him being pulled in so many directions, I felt for him and don’t know how he was even functioning at certain parts. I enjoyed the scenes that included Special Agent Mark assisting Lance and I really enjoyed catching up with Mac and Lisa from book one. Ms. Hannon weaved in a story with McGregor brother Finn that has left me wanting to know what happens with him that I must read book 3 now.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    From the pen of new-to-me author, Irene Hannon, comes a nail-biting, spine-chilling thriller that left me on tenterhooks throughout the entire novel! I was riveted to this cat-and-mouse tale involving an ex-figure skater, Christy Reed, who enlists the assistance of handsome FBI agent, Lance McGregor, in helping her figure out who the madman is tormenting her very existence. Deliciously creepy and utterly heart-racing, this one will keep you guessing till the very end. Hannon is truly an expert a From the pen of new-to-me author, Irene Hannon, comes a nail-biting, spine-chilling thriller that left me on tenterhooks throughout the entire novel! I was riveted to this cat-and-mouse tale involving an ex-figure skater, Christy Reed, who enlists the assistance of handsome FBI agent, Lance McGregor, in helping her figure out who the madman is tormenting her very existence. Deliciously creepy and utterly heart-racing, this one will keep you guessing till the very end. Hannon is truly an expert at writing suspense with a sinister, unforeseen element—tugging at the readers' emotions and leading them on a twisty roller coaster ride never knowing what is around the next turn. With the promise of romance on the horizon (if the psychopath doesn't get to Christy first), Thin Ice is a book I highly recommend!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    I really wanted to give this a 5-star rating for the unique perspective, a female main character who does not intimidate easily, and a tie in to the military. However, there were several glaring HUH moments that stopped the kudos and brought out the uh-ohs, in particular the reference to a hero deserving a Purple Heart. Someone really needs to do some research here. Ditto for the sexy legs of a ballerina. As for the villain - he was pathetic. Yes, he was bad, but not scary even though his action I really wanted to give this a 5-star rating for the unique perspective, a female main character who does not intimidate easily, and a tie in to the military. However, there were several glaring HUH moments that stopped the kudos and brought out the uh-ohs, in particular the reference to a hero deserving a Purple Heart. Someone really needs to do some research here. Ditto for the sexy legs of a ballerina. As for the villain - he was pathetic. Yes, he was bad, but not scary even though his actions were horrible. I think I will give other books in the series a pass because this one, although the plot was good, just had too many places where I could not shut off the brain and let the fiction flow. Not recommended for anyone with ties to the military.

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