Book Review- Frozen Souls, A Crime Thriller by Rita Herron

Namo Namaha friends. In this post, I’ll be reviewing Frozen Souls by Rita Herron. Let me begin this post by thanking NetGalley and Bookouture for approving and sending me the ARC(Advanced Review Copy).

Frozen Souls is Book 4 in the Detective Ellie Reeves series. I haven’t read the previous books, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to, as the author has given us sufficient background information to follow the plot in this book.

Book Name –  Frozen Souls #4

Author – Rita Herron

Genre – Fiction

Category – Mystery Thriller

Year of publication – October 2021

Publication house – Bookouture

Goodreads rating – 4.57


Ellie Reeves’ team find a frozen body in the mountains of Crooked Creek. The possibility of a serial killer on loose looms large as more bodies pile up. Can they catch the killer before the murderer leaves a bloody trail of broken families and hearts? forms the crux of the story.

Plot – 3/5

The plot started off pretty strong. It was gritty, fast-paced, and I was on the edge of my seat to find out how it all unravels. But, I found the story to lag towards the 60% mark. I got the distinct feeling that there is too much filler content to make up for the lack of intrigue. By the 65-70% mark, I had guessed the plot, and I was no longer invested in the story. Towards the end, I had to resist the intense urge to skim.

Pacing – 4/5

The pacing was truly excellent. Despite the book lacking an intriguing plot, at no point was I bored. The author kept up the interest levels by ensuring tiny, bite-sized chapters which made reading this novel a breeze!

Characters – 3/5

I don’t think I can talk fairly about the characters in this case, as this book is the 4th book in the series. I honestly do not have the background of reading the past three books. Hence, I refrain from commenting about the characterization in this book.

But, purely from this book’s perspective, I found Ellie to have a dogged determination to find the murderers, which was good.There were a few statements like the one below:

She couldn’t let anyone else die on her watch

which implied that Ellie could be suffering from a little bit of “God-complex“. Nobody can save everybody it’s simply not practical or realistic! I am not sure if that’s a conscious character trait that the author crafted or an accidental quirk that got inserted.

Setup – 4/5

The mountain set-up was appropriately eerie and I think this could be an apt Halloween read for whoever reads seasonal books and celebrates the festival.

Writing style – 4/5

I found the writing to be rather accessible. The dialogues weren’t too shabby either. There were one too many internal monologues though, but I can understand why that could have been necessary to the story.

Review, Recommendation, and Rating

Overall Rating – 3.6

Borrow grade Book worth borrowing from the library or trading with your friends/family.

Star Rating – ⭐⭐⭐

Note: I have created a brand new rating system. You can check that out if you would like, here.

So those were my thoughts on Frozen Souls. What do you think about the review? the novel? Does it interest you?

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