E-book was gifted by NetGalley for review.
Laura Alvarado an environmental scientist is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on the abandoned Fredelighavn Whaling Station for an Environmental Impact Assessment. Upon arriving at Alliance Station, a scientific Antarctic outpost, she straight away gets the feeling that all is not as it seems. The head of Alliance, Connaught does not like Laura, when she starts asking questions about the station and its purpose, she is met with silence. Her suspicions of something being amiss are confirmed after her first visit to Fredelighavn Whaling Station where she finds evidence of human interference. When she questions people at Alliance they all tell her that no one has been there and that she must be imagining it. With the help of a work colleague Kate, she tries to discover the secret that Alliance station is hiding, but when the truth is finally revealed Laura realises that it is far worse than she could have ever imagined.
Set in the isolation and starkness of Antarctica, “Out of the Ice” takes the reader into a world that most of us could never really imagine. I found I became totally submerged in Laura’s character and at times felt suffocated at the idea of being in a place such as this and not knowing who she could or could not trust. There are enough twists in this tale, I think even Agatha Christie would have been left astounded when the ending was revealed. A sub plot that goes into detail about the history of whaling practices in Antarctica and the families involved, adds yet another lavish layer of what is already a mouth watering piece of literature.
As with her first novel, Ann takes the reader on a roller coaster ride with beautiful descriptive writing. A story that takes you from the stark and barren landscape of Antarctica, to the bustling city of Venice, this tale of intrigue and mystery will have you enthralled until the last page.
Out of the Ice is the second and much anticipated novel by Ann Turner.