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Ice: A Tale of Horror Paperback – 1 Feb 2017
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8 March 2017
For anyone who has ever been on a skiing holiday, this novel creates perfectly every sight, sound and sensation - including silence - of being up on top of the world; of the excitement of speeding headlong over pristine soft snow, the terror of finding oneself engulfed in mist and perhaps not finding a safe way home; the anxiety of finding oneself having to tackle runs that are beyond one's capability but it's the only way down; the quiet swinging and creaking of chair lifts, then the bonhomie of après ski, and the pure exhilaration of it. All this is done with Frank Pickering's excellent powers of description, especially the use of metaphor. And underlining the whole tale there is the brooding and sinister sense that there is something deep and dark at work which is only revealed, as in all good horror stories, at the very end, although there is a fair share of gruesome minor incidents throughout, building the sense of impeding doom as the novel progresses, plus a touching love story. It was a real page turner, and the perfect recreation of atmosphere made me feel that I was actually on this ski trip myself - at least in my head - but certainly not the kind of ski trip I would ever really want to be on!!
13 February 2017
This is a very clever horror story that links itself to figures and places both historic and fictional. Its setting in a Swiss ski resort provides the opportunity for many characters to meet and develop in a very credible atmosphere of holiday fun which contrasts with the dark elements of at least two intertwined horror stories, one historically real, the other fictional (at least I hope it is). I am normally a slow reader, but this made me want to carry on chapter by chapter, especially once I had cottoned-on to some of the tributes to another horror tale. In the end there is some resolution, but not total, and you are left wondering on quite a number of levels, with a sense that you'll want to read it again so as to spot the things you missed the first time round.
2 July 2017
Ice is pure icy pleasure – a page-turner set in a picture postcard Swiss ski resort that soon morphs into sinister off-piste terrain. When Tom Shepherd scouts out a holiday destination for a leisure company he revisits Unteriberg – where his wife mysteriously vanished on the slopes years before. What he ultimately discovers are not only the grim clues to her disappearance but the buried secrets of a village that turn this prime time thriller into gothic suspense. Ice bristles with amiable tourists, daredevil hipsters, and a villain worthy of blood sport headlines. And along the trip Shepherd is able to rebuild his life and hope. Frank Pickering details skiing’s thrills and dangers with slick expertise and makes a monstrous mountain glacier come alive. His debut is exhilarating, chilling – and an avalanche of good fun!
I found this to be compulsive reading - a tale well told and at a good pace. The author is clearly very familiar with ...29 March 2017
For someone who has never been on a skiing holiday in his life, I found this to be compulsive reading - a tale well told and at a good pace. The author is clearly very familiar with the Alpine environment and is a keen observer of detail, particularly in terms of human behaviour and interaction. Once the scene is set and the various strands of the story begin to interweave, the tension builds up to its gripping climax. Not a book for 'dipping into' - once you start to read you will be hooked! An impressive debut novel.
16 April 2017
Ice, Frank Pickering’s first novel, will appeal to all who love descriptive fiction with a supernatural edge. The story, set in a developing ski resort, presses all the right buttons for a rollicking and downright scary adventure with an added strand of historical verisimilitude thrown in for good measure. If you've ever felt at home in the mountains or felt that skiing is the last word in freedom, read this book and think again. You will be surprised and scared in equal measures.
31 March 2017
The narrative transports you to the bustling holiday ski season with realistic characters we have all met on the slopes and in the resorts. A horrific opening to the plot and as the tale is revealed, a sinister back story.