Monday, October 4, 2021

Review: The Ice Coven by Max Seeck

The Ice Coven
by Max Seeck

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Six months have passed since Jessica's encounter with the mysterious serial-killing coven of witches and the death of her mentor Erne. Her nightmares about her mother and the witchcraft that undid her have only gotten worse, but she's doing what she can to stay focused. Her homicide squad, now under new leadership, has been given a murder case and a new series of disappearances to investigate. A young woman's corpse has washed up on an icy beach, and two famous Instagram influencers have gone missing at the same time.

The missing influencers and the murdered woman all have ties to a sinister cult. Jessica finds an eerie painting--of a lighthouse on a frigid island--as she investigates and under the picture is a gruesome poem detailing a murder. The nightmares about her dead mother have intensified and seem all too real, making Jessica wonder if the woman might be trying to tell her something about the killings. And as Jessica works frantically to solve her latest case, her terrifying past and the coven of witches that almost killed her shockingly reemerge and threaten to destroy her.

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and while the mystery is self contained there are definitely pieces of the main character that are evolving from the first book to this one and this is one of those series that I suggest starting at the beginning.  

Jessica Niemi is a detective in Finland and she is concealing major secrets about herself to her co workers and friends.  These secrets are greatly affecting her life, but she cannot reveal them for fear of their opinions of her changing.  While dealing with the recent death of her mentor at work, a young woman's body washes up on a beach and two "influencers" go missing and she is on another case.  

Just as in book one, this story twists and turns and weaves like they all do and it is such a fun roller coaster of a ride.  I always judge a mystery thriller book by the outcome of the story and while I won't spoil anything, I loved how it all concluded!  

I would put this book in the Scandinavian sub genre of mystery and with that I believe is a little more gore and murder.  While I can handle it, I wanted to warn and I like to sparse these reads throughout my reading life and don't tend to read them back to back!

I am excited to see that book three is in the can, but just waiting for it to be translated and released here.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 123 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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