by Nancy Mehl
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Nov. 1, 2016
Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Mercy Brennan, a U.S. Marshal, is assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. The gang believes Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, so her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.
It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?
Fatal Frost is a Christian suspense novel. It's not a romantic suspense as the situation didn't really allow a romance. It was more about Mercy finding healing for past hurts so that she could potentially have a relationship in the future. I liked the characters, but I felt more intrigued by the internal conflicts faced by some of the side characters (like Tally, Troy, and Angel) than by Mercy and Mark. The suspense came from the constant physical danger from gangsters with guns and a bad snow storm.
But parts weren't very realistic. For example, a point is made about the danger of attack by bad guys and the need to keep watch, then they do things like take a shower or that otherwise make themselves vulnerable. They're outnumbered but often don't immediately handcuff or tie up their captives. Later, they don't even consider using newly available ATV vehicles to escape danger.
Several characters re-connected with their childhood faith in God. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy lots of action and aren't bothered if some parts aren't realistic.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.