Ice Cold (Rizzoli & Isles, #9)

Author: Tess Gerritsenice
Publisher: Ballantine
Date: 2010
Genre: Medical Thriller
ISBN: 9780345515483
Price: 26.00
Number of Pages: 322
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, E-Book, Audio

Rating Scale: 4Q, 4P

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Reader’s Annotation

A harsh winter landscape, a creepy deserted village and no means of escape.


Jane Rizzoli

Maura Isles

Father Daniel Brophy

Jeremiah Goode

Gabriel Dean

Julian “Rat” Perkins



Ice Cold is the ninth book in the Rizzoli and Isles series and is a medical thriller taking place in the isolated wilderness of Wyoming. Maura Isles is in Wyoming for a medical conference when she runs into an old college friend and spontaneously decides to go on a ski trip with him, his daughter and friends. On their way to the resort, they got lost and stuck in the snow. Looking for shelter, they stumble across a deserted village called Kingdom Come. It seems as if all of the twelve houses in the village have been deserted quite suddenly, as there is food still on the table and other items strewn about. A failed attempt to get the car out of the snow leads to a brutal accident that mortally wounds one of the group. When a man disappears after trying to find help, Maura decides to go after him and is suddenly grabbed by a stranger. The story then jumps to Jane Rizzoli, a cop who is alerted to Maura’s disappearance and travels to Wyoming to uncover what happened to her.

Critical Evaluation

Tess Gerritsen does a great job at writing the suspenseful scenes in the book. The first part of the story in which Maura is in the village and noticing its emptiness is eerie and tense. She really builds up the sinister feel that someone is watching them. She further ratchets up the tension when the group has to respond to Arlo’s serious leg injury. However, the second half of the book does lose some steam. It’s not as suspenseful because you know Maura can’t be dead, as she is one of the main characters. The last quarter of the book wraps up to quickly. It felt as if there was a lot of build-up for a small payoff. I would have liked to have gotten more scenes with the cult leader. You hear a lot about him but we don’t get to see much of him until the very end, so it’s a little disappointing. Overall, it was a good book. I very much enjoyed the characters and would be interested in reading the other books in the series.

Significance of Book

Tess Gerritsen is a best-selling author who’s Rizzoli and Isles series have been adapted to a popular television series. Rizzoli and Isles are fascinating characters and although they are separated for much of the book, Ice Cold, it is easy to see why they make such a great team. Ice Cold excels at the suspense and character development.


Judgment call by J.A. Jance

Dead Run by P.J Tracy

Bonnie by Iris Johanssen

Awards and Lists

Finalist for the 2011 Nero Wolfe Award

Discussion Ideas

  • Discuss Maura’s relationship with Father Brophy
  • Discuses Kingdom Come as a cult

Justification of Selection

Ever since I heard of the TV show, I have always been vaguely interested in reading the books. What really made me want to finally read the series was the medical thriller aspect mixed with a strong female friendship.