Book Review: Girl in Ice

Michelle Renee Kidwell
2 min readApr 5, 2022

Girl in Ice

by Erica Ferencik

Pub Date 01 Mar 2022

Gallery Books, Gallery/Scout Press

General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers

I am reviewing a copy of Girl in Ice through Gallery Books and Netgalley:

Valerie “Val” Chesterfield is a linguist trained in the most esoteric of disciplines: dead Nordic language. Despite having a successful career she leads a sheltered life and languishes in the shadow of her twin brother, Andy, an accomplished climate scientist stationed on a remote island off Greenland’s barren coast. But Andy is gone: a victim of suicide, having willfully ventured unprotected into 50 degree below zero weather. Val does not believe her brother was murdered though, she suspects he became a victim of foul play.

After Wyatt, Andy’s fellow researcher in the Arctic, discovers a scientific impossibility­ a young girl frozen in the ice who thaws out alive, speaking a language no one understands Val is his first call. Will she travel to the frozen North to meet this girl, and try to comprehend what she is so passionately trying to communicate? Under the auspices of helping Wyatt interpret the girl’s speech, Val musters every ounce of her courage and journeys to the Artic to solve the mystery of her brother’s death.

From the moment Val steps the plane, her fear threatens to overwhelm her. She faces a fierce landscape and Wyatt, brilliant but difficult, is an enigma. But the girl is special, and Val’s connection with her is profound. Only something is terribly wrong; the child is sick, maybe dying, and the key to saving her lies in discovering the truth about Wyatt’s research. Can his data be trusted? And does it have anything to do with how and why Val’s brother died? With time running out, Val embarks on an incredible frozen odyssey — led by the unlikeliest of guides to rescue the new family she has found in the most unexpected of places.

I give Girl in Ice five out of five stars!

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