The Ice Harvest Book Review

by kalbzayn on March 12, 2008

I bought The Ice Harvest a few years back. It was one of those books that was sitting in my never decreasing To Be Read pile that I have recently started plowing through.

The Ice Harvest is Scott Phillips first novel. It was the finalist for a few different awards and was eventually made into a movie starring John Cusak and Billy Bob Thornton which will be added to my Netflix queue shortly.

The book is one of those plots about people trying to pull off the perfect swindle and then everything falls apart and people start getting roughed up and/or killed. Phillips writing style creates the mood in the book awesomely. Lots of short sentences. Very little fluff. Lots of darkness and dark humor. Not for the faint of heart.

Pros Of The Ice Harvest

  • Short. Not every book needs to be short, but this one does not have anything unnecessary in it. The books gets to the point and gets out which keeps the pace flowing.
  • Dark. People are roughed up. People are killed. Marriages and families are destroyed at the drop of a hat. And it all fits the plot perfectly.
  • Strippers. You can’t go wrong by putting a bunch of the setting of a drug, money scam type of plot in a strip club. The strippers are pouty. The bosses are grumpy. The customers are short tempered and the police are always a phone call away.

Cons Of The Ice Harvest

  • Hard to believe some of the characters could survive the pain that gets inflicted upon them or the amount of alcohol/drugs they consume as well as they do.
  • Very short. As much as I respect the book for not going on too long for no reason, I really wish the book would have went on longer for some reason because of how much I enjoyed the book.

While I won’t spoil the ending, there is also a last second stunning plot twist that made me laugh out loud. Normally I don’t like hokey plot twists that come out of left field, but this one was well done and definitely improves the book.

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