Book Review of “Ice” by Jessica Wren
“Ice” is a book that satisfies on many levels. The story, as a whole, is extremely evocative, creating a strong “small town” feeling like a vintage Ray Bradbury story. The small town atmosphere reminds me of the Americana iconic play “Our town”. Wren is skillful in her development of a small American town complete with portrayals of small town secretiveness and quirky, independent characters.
Just below the surface of this portrayal of rural American life is a paranormal undertone, something else that Wren handles well. The small town of Minterville, in Rural Georgia, has a secret, one that the outside world can’t know: the inhabitants of the town who are descended from the town’s founders can broadcast their thoughts through an entity called “The Minter”. All the other descendants can immediately hear the message in their heads.
It’s the gradual death of “The Minter” that alerts the town that something is deeply wrong; the messages sent through “The Minter” begin to fail, remaining undelivered. By the time we are introduced to Minterville, “The Minter” has faded to nothing. There is an evil in Minterville that has worked its way in the fiber of the town and “The Minter” reacts, shutting itself down. As “The Minter” fades and there is no longer any psychic communications between the people of the town, their uneasiness grows; something or someone in the town is out to destroy Minterville.
Once the small town and parnormal elements are established we see the third element of the story and the most compelling part of the book. No spoilers are allowed in this review, but there is horror here to satisfy the most avid horror fan. Wren paints a bizarre picture of death and torture that is as compelling as it is disturbing.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction or horror. There are elements of the book that could be developed with more emphasis, most notably the main characters. The one weakness in the story is the proliferation of characters at the expense of the strong development of a few true protagonists that readers can relate to. Beyond that, I can see that this story would make an excellent movie.
Read “Ice” by Jessica Wren on Amazon. You will be glad you did.