The Ice Sings Back

Green Writers. Jan. 2023. 324p. ISBN 9781649372116. $24.95. THRILLER/CLI-FI
DEBUT A young autistic girl goes missing in the Cascades near Eugene, OR, and the lives of four women are irrevocably changed. Leonie takes her daughter Amelia for a hike to see one of the glaciers left in the Cascades. But something about the glacier speaks to Amelia in ways Leonie can’t understand; not long after, Amelia disappears. She isn’t the first girl or woman to disappear in this wild area, and three other women are drawn into the mysteries, natural and manmade. May, a rookie paramedic trying to find her place in her small-town department, is assigned to help in the search. Ros, a researcher who crews a scientific outpost in the mountains, has her solitary existence upended by all the activity. Donna hopes to get answers from her dying abusive stepfather about what happened to her mother and why there are other women’s belongings in their isolated cabin. Each will learn more about what happened to Amelia and about the strength they all have as women.
VERDICT Jackson’s eco-thriller conveys the claustrophobia and power of the wilderness in which Amelia is lost and creates a creeping dread as each woman picks through her piece of the puzzle.
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