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The Ice by Laline Paull
  

The Ice

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January 2018 Book of the Month

Her first novel, The Bees, (shortlisted for the Baileys Prize) was an astonishing work of speculative fiction, a stunning novel. This, her second, is a political thriller, a completely different genre but with the same quality of writing and attention and so equally stunning. At its heart is an inquest into an accident in an Arctic ice cave that occurred four years ago which left one man dead and the other to now face this examination loaded with heated emotions. Intercepted with flashbacks to the accident and earlier we are given a clear portrait of the various characters and relationships. One by one lies are stripped away until we do finally discover what happened in that cave and the cause of the accident. Alongside this drama is a hymn to the amazing wilderness that is disappearing so quickly; the frozen Arctic. Each chapter is headed with an extract from early explorers writings, fascinating. But it is so much more than this for it is a constant puzzle of trust and trail; in business, marriage, friendship. It raises pertinent questions of ecology and economics alongside personal ones; how far would you go for what you desire or what you believe. Laline Paull is clearly a writer to watch and more importantly a writer to read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Laline Paull you might also like to read books by Dan Brown, M. J. McGrath and Tom Harper.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A powerful thought provoking read cleverly bringing together our emotional vulnerability with the increasingly fragile physical world in which we live.'
  • Cathy Small - 'The story grips you and pulls you in...The truth is only revealed at the end and it is a good twist in the tale.'        
  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting, mesmerising book about international skulduggery and murder in the Arctic.  It also raises questions about the future of our polar regions. It should be read.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'An interesting idea of what might happen if the climate does indeed change and a very impressive setting indeed.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'The Ice, a totally believable novel about how global warming may affect the Arctic in years to come. Set in the near future with two friends obsessed with the Arctic but see different futures ahead.'
  • Michelle Hodson - 'Unusual & riveting. A story touching on events which could so easily happen. Eco cider may well be our future!'
  • Katie Hoare - 'A really good thriller taking the reader to and from the cold of the Arctic, and back to England.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'Laline has written a great murder / mystery with a very important back line - take heed.'
  • Siobhan McDowell - 'I absolutely would recommend this book to anyone ...an amazing read!'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'The Ice will have you questioning how the much the world is changing and how dangerous those in power can be.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is a book to read in one gulp! Awesome!'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'A fascinating tale from the start, set in an imagined, not too distant future.'
  • Janet Monks - 'one I wouldn't normally pick up, but I'm glad I did.'
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'An intriguing mix of mystery with a strong political and environmental message, this novel is a great read with a depth often missing from modern novels.'

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Synopsis

The Ice by Laline Paull

An electrifying story of friendship, power and betrayal by the bestselling, Baileys-prize shortlisted author of The Bees. `A memorable eco-thriller. This is a world of arms dealers, heroic arctic adventurers and power crazed captains of industry. And that's just the ladies' The Times A frozen corpse emerges from a melting glacier and after three years of uncertainty, Sean Cawson can finally put the past behind him. Tom Harding, Sean's friend of thirty years was lost in an accident and Sean was the last person to see him alive. Tom's body is not the only secret hidden in the ice. As global businesses and global powers jostle for territory in this new, lawless frontier there are big opportunities for those with the courage - or mendacity - to seize them. And equally big risks. For years Sean has navigated these dangerous waters, loving the glamour and influence they bring. But as the inquest into Tom's death begins, the choices made by both men - in love and in life - are put on the stand. Soon everything Sean has believed about his friends, his position and himself is thrown into question. Just how deep do the lies go?

Reviews

`No other recent novel I've read has such fully realised female characters, even ones who shout their feminist credentials from the rooftops...This is a world of arms dealers, heroic arctic adventurers and power crazed captains of industry. And that's just the ladies. It's a business thriller with an eco-edge... Could The Ice be the surprise hit of summer 2017? Its sparkling descriptions of ice and snow will certainly chill you out on a hot day at the beach. And thanks to just the right amount of aspirational scene-setting and more holiday porn than a year's worth of Conde Nast Traveller, this memorable eco-chiller allows you to dream about luxury wood cabins while cursing the evils of capitalism' The Times

'A chilling tale for our times ... Fascinating. The chilly environment adds a strange, magical quality - and it will not be lost on readers that, as with her first book, Paull makes some interesting and urgent arguments about the way we treat our planet' The National

'By embedding a mystery in layers of melting Arctic ice, Paull brings narrative tension to a phenomenon readers typically encounter only in environmental or scientific reporting ... the final pages are a triumph' Guardian

'It is a rare treat to find oneself reading a new book with real delight, admiring the prose style and getting caught up in the story. I experienced all of this while reading this fascinating novel set in the near future ... what makes The Ice unforgettable is Laline Paull's well-informed description of the setting and, above all, her outstandingly good writing' Literary Review

`A gripping, brilliantly textured climate thriller. Its timeliness is chilling. A stunning read'
Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture

`This is a real page turner' Observer

About the Author

Laline Paull

Laline Paull studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theatre in London, where she has had two plays performed at the Royal National Theatre. She is a member of BAFTA and the Writers' Guild of America. She lives in England by the sea with her husband, the photographer Adrian Peacock, and their three children.

Author photo © Adrian Peacock

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Book Info

Publication date

11th January 2018

Author

Laline Paull

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Books of the Month

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Political / legal thriller

ISBN

9780007557776

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