Frostbitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 10)
by Kelley Armstrong
Review by Gayle Surrette
Bantam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780553806625
Date: 29 September 2009 List Price $26.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Elena Michaels has been tracking Reese Williams for days. Reese has been running scared and Elena hopes she can stop him long enough to explain his options. But he keeps running. She'd thought she'd be done by the time Clay finished his assignment and they'd go back home to the twins together. Clay finishes first and joins her in the hunt and next thing they knew they're in Alaska, still chasing Reese. Unwittingly, Reese has led them to just where they need to be. There's been some suspicious deaths that need to be investigated--it looks like werewolves have been killing humans. Clay and Elena need to find out the truth and if necessary put an end to the killings.
In Frostbitten, Elena and Clay have worked out their differences and developed a series of compromises that work for them. They have the children to worry about as well as how Jeremy's recent decision to give Elena more oversight of pack business will affect all of them. This is the longest they've been away from the twins. But when they get to Alaska, they learn the humans were killed by werewolves. They're not going to get home anytime soon.
The known contacts in Alaska have disappeared or aren't talking, so they're pretty much on their own. Luckily, they have some skills in finding the information they need and talking their way to the people who have the answers.
You get drawn in from the first page as Armstrong sets the stage. Then you find yourself with Elena who is hunting a mutt on her own. Right then you know that things have changed, and the characters have grown since the last book. Armstrong pulls you in and before you know it you're living the adventure with them. There was really no good place to put the book down once I started because there was always something going on and if you stepped away you worried that you'd miss it. That's seems silly when reading a book, but the tension was so high in places it was as if you were part of the story rather than simply reading. Writing that can pull you into the universe on the page, it something to treasure and Armstrong's prose is such that you do get pulled into the story. an invisible observer to all the action--and frustrated in that you can only observe and not actively help these people who you care about.
If you haven't read any of the previous books it may take a while to get a feel for the characters, but the book can be read on its own because there is a fair amount of information that brings you up to speed. Then if you enjoy it, go back to the beginning and fill in the background while waiting for the next installment.