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Lilly Martin is a recently divorced editor of a woman's magazine who is tying up the messy loose ends of her divorce. Lilly's ex is Dutch Burton, police chief of Cleary, North Carolina, a town that has been plagued by the disappearances of five women. When a severe snowstorm strikes Cleary, Lilly is stranded at the mountain hideaway that she once co-owned with her ex husband. Ben Tierney is a journalist who specializes in reporting on extreme sports. When Lilly hits Ben with her car during the snowstorm, the two are forced to work together to make it back to Lilly's hideaway and wait out the storm. Lilly and Ben met and became love buddies a year ago during a group kayaking adventure. Neither one has been able to stop thinking of the other, although Ben tried to stay away from Lilly due to his belief that she was happily married. When Lilly rummages through Ben's backpack at the cabin she discovers a pair of handcuffs and a blue ribbon, which is the serial killer's calling card. While holding a gun on Ben, Lilly handcuffs Ben and berates him for being a murderer. Ben tries to convince Lilly that she can trust him and that he is not the serial murderer. As Lilly and Ben vacillate between attraction and Lilly's doubts regarding Ben being the serial killer, the FEDS have arrived in Cleary to close in on Blue. The Fed's number one suspect is Ben due to his transient lifestyle and his acquaintance with one of the victims. When Lilly manages to get a garbled call through to her ex, Dutch, the FEDS and Dutch race to the cabin in order to stop Lilly from being Blue's next victim.
The review of this Book prepared by Sandra Calhoune

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   stranded What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   skilled citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Terrain    -   Ice Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails    -   skiing off

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey descriptions deaths/dead bodies Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts    -   descript. of other female areas    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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