The Ice Maiden
by B.D. Smith
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Black Rose Writing; 1 edition (April 26, 2017)
Publication Date: April 26, 2017
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Print Length: 185 pages
A serial killer is abducting, torturing, and murdering young women in a small community in central Maine. Seeming to select his victims at random, he acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition before committing their bodies to the sacred waters of nearby Sebec Lake. Anne Quinn, an investigator for the Piscataquis County sheriff’s office, and Detective Douglas Bateman with the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police join forces in tracking him down. Hiding in plain sight, the killer is clearly from the local community and plays a deadly “catch me if you can” game with Quinn and Bateman. He seems determined to humiliate them and demonstrate his superior intellect, leading them to suspect that perhaps there is a deeper motive and purpose behind his string of murders.
The Ice Maiden by B.D. Smith
Is one of history’s darkest times being re-enacted? A serial killer is on the loose in a small town in Maine. As this monster acts out the rituals of the Spanish Inquisition, innocent women are being tortured and murdered. Anne Quinn and Douglas Bateman will team up to dig through the meager clues, sifting through both the ancient religious horrors and clues of the present. They never expected the killer to hit so close to home.
B.D. Smith’s THE ICE MAIDEN gives readers a panoramic view of a rural and simple town in Maine, highlighting its seclusion, its wild beauty and the ugliness of many of its inhabitants. Everyone knows everyone’s business, gossip and supposition abound, yet the truth is buried deep in the twisted mind of one man on a twisted mission.
The graphic details are brutal, the twists are plentiful and the subplots touch on the inhabitants of the town. Both main characters are strong, although getting to know them is actually not easy, perhaps the plan of the author to focus our sights on the action? I found myself more engrossed in the crimes than the victims or the “heroes.
A fairly good read, jagged and dark with eerie crimes repeating history with brutal precision. Sometimes a little dry, I wanted the characters to show some emotional peaks so I knew they were alive.