By the bestselling author of The Lost Swimmer, a tense, eerie thriller set in the icy reaches of Antarctica
When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine.
Despite new life thriving in the icy wilderness, the whaling station is brimming with awful reminders of its bloody, violent past, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely.
On a diving expedition, Laura is separated from her colleague. She emerges into an ice cave where, through the blue shadows, she is shocked to see an anguished figure, crying for help.
But in this freezing, lonely landscape there are ghosts everywhere, and Laura begins to sense that her own eyes cannot be trusted. Is her mind playing tricks? Has she been in the ice too long?
Back at base, Laura’s questions about the whaling station go unanswered, blocked by unhelpful scientists, unused to questions from an outsider. And Laura just can’t shake what happened in the ice cave.
Piecing together a past and present of cruelty and vulnerability that can be traced all around the globe, from Norway, to Nantucket, Europe and Antarctica, Laura will stop at nothing to unearth the truth. As she sees the dark side of endeavour and human nature, she also discovers a legacy of love, hope and the meaning of family. If only Laura can find her way…
Out of the ice. – OUT NOW – Amazon US
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***Gifted via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***
Well wow, what a ride… Out of the Ice is a journey into the arctic and also the history of whaling,
Ms Turner’s Lead character is scientist Laura Alvarado who is sent to report on whether whaling station Fredilighavn, can be adapted for Antarctic Tourism, the idea is not one she wants to agrees with, and she is determined to ensure the wildlife are not put at risk, when she gets a frosty reception at the Alliance station and not much help when she goes to check out the abandoned Whaling Station, now home to seals and penguins, it stands before Laura as if it had been frozen in time. with the houses stood waiting as if their owners had just popped to the shops! – I just loved the world building the writing in the book was so descriptive I could imagine the scenes quite clearly.
When Laura sees evidence of recent human interference. She realises that the someone has ignored the exclusion zone rules, and with other spooky things going on Laura is unsure if what she is seeing is real or whether she is ‘Toasty’ from being in the Arctic so long.
When Her friend Kate comes to help her and they go out on a dive to check out the Penguins and Seals at see, Laura gets separated and surfaces in an ice cave where, through the ice wall, sees a figure crying for help.
As Laura digs deeper she realises that there is something deeply wrong at the Alliance station and is determined to find out what secret tests they are doing at the Alliance station.
This is a suspenseful read, that takes you on a journey as you learn of the history of the Whalers from Norway to Nantucket we get to visit through the words of Ms Turner Venice, Nantucket and of course Antarctica, and as Laura digs further, lives are put in danger.
Will Laura discover the truth in time, or will she be forever haunted by the vision of the ice cave forever.
I would recommend the book to all readers 16+ who love a great story with developed characters and enough research to create a believable story that will have you on a rollercoaster journey looking answers.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review
Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener.
Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart — which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time, Hammers Over The Anvil starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer Ann explores themes of love, trust and the dark side of relationships. She is currently working on her second novel, Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica.
Ann was born in Adelaide and lives in Victoria.