Philomel Books (2008)
Reviewed by Neha Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (9/08)
When Dusty picks up the phone to hear an unfamiliar voice saying those words her life changes forever. On the other end is a boy who has taken an overdose. When he continues to speak, he says things that he couldn’t possibly know. That’s when Dusty knows that the boy knew, or knows, Josh. Josh is Dusty’s brother who disappeared a year ago. He tore apart his family, leaving his mother to have a nervous breakdown and disappear as well.
Dusty finds herself sucked into the foreign world of the strange boy who knew her unlisted number and her cell phone number. She meant to keep but the boy a secret but finds that he can’t be kept hidden. He shows up everywhere in town and everyone spots him. Stories start to circulate. The boy is completely the color of snow. He can knock down people without touching them. It seems all people are obsessed with him, even Dusty, herself. Soon strange men come to town claiming that the boy committed an evil crime. The police find out about Dusty’s connection to the boy. Dusty is accused of hiding the boy and her life becomes dangerous. All through this Dusty hunts for the boy to find his connection to Josh.
Who is the strange boy? Is he an angel? Or is he a demon?
From the two words on the first page the book becomes like a drug. It’s addicting, it’s haunting; it’s what you’ve always wanted from a paranormal mystery. Tim Bowler is a genius with suspense and leaving you satisfied, but hanging at the end. “Frozen Fire” is one of those books that haunt you long after you’ve read the last page.