She Writes Press
ISBN 978-1-64742-324-7 Print
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A powerful, lyrical tale of one woman's journey from grief to acceptance and forgiveness after her life is shattered by a tragic accident.
Francesca Bodin has a near-perfect life as an accomplished music teacher and professional flutist living in the country with her husband, Ben, and their four-year-old daughter, Addie. This ends suddenly when a snowmobiling accident traps the three of them in a frozen lake. Ben escapes, leaving her and Addie behind to die.
Francesca believes she sees their dog pull Addie from the lake and drag her into the nearby woods. Desperate to help her daughter, she struggles to emerge from the icy waters and follows them. Once she enters the forest, however, she finds herself trapped in a sinister dream-like world where night never ends, where Addie’s whereabouts remain hidden from her, and where she encounters a group of women who, like Francesca, have been left to die and now seek to unleash their revenge on those who have harmed them. When they have Ben in their sights, Francesca realizes that if she is ever to escape this nightmare and save her daughter, she must first save the husband who abandoned them
2022 Gold Award
Eric Hoffer Award
2022 Category Finalist
Book Excellence Award
2022 Winner for Fiction
2022 International Book Awards
What people are saying about it
"Speranza brilliantly threads the line between utter heartache and redemption in a thrilling novel that lingers long after its last page is turned."
--Wm. Anthony Connolly, author of Psalms & Stones and The Smallest Universe
Speranza's fine storytelling in Ice Out grabs the reader and simply never lets go.
--Tony D'Souza, author of Whiteman and The Konkans
Ice Out…deftly focuses on redemption and forgiveness…. an engaging tale about thorny family ties.
Ice Out is an emotional rollercoaster with an intricate psychological plot. Readers who enjoy metaphysical fiction, thriller, or psychological fiction novels will be drawn into this riveting story.
A harrowing, mind-bending journey, fans of fast-paced fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. Highly recommended!
Speranza has crafted a haunting tale. The author combines the depth of a novel-length work with the poetic punch of a literary short story as she moves seamlessly between realist and magical realist tropes...The prose mesmerizes in a deliciously long, slow ascent as Francesca struggles with her imagery of past, present, and future to perceive what has happened to her family and why her husband cannot rescue her.
--US Review of Books