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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ice Cold Alice by C.P. Wilson - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Alice is killing abusive spouses and is also giving their victims a new life. She's a serial killer who is precise, trained and accurate. She knows exactly what she's doing, makes her own weapons, leaves no traces and gives the men she slaughters the punishment she thinks they deserve. Then she blogs about it to let the world know she's freed it from another bastard who abused his power and destroyed the people he was supposed to care about.

Kathy is a DI and she has to find this serial killer. She's always worked hard for her career and now she's at the end of it, ready for another challenge. Kathy has to find a killer who's placed herself above the law. Some people see her as a hero and others as a villain. Will Kathy be able to find enough evidence to catch the person behind the calculated murders? Why is this person killing those men and what can be done to stop her?

Ice Cold Alice is a fantastic gripping story. I was captivated by C.P. Wilson's writing from the start. I absolutely loved the fact that nothing is black and white in this book. Writing about a serial killer who kills horrible abusive men is a brilliant idea. I like it when an author explores the boundaries of good and evil. What is right and what is wrong? Is it possible to sympathise with a cold blooded murderer because of a cause? It's a great thought-provoking subject that I admired a lot.

Ice Cold Alice is a fast-paced page-turner. The story is original and it's filled with surprising twists and turns. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down and had to know more about the murders, the reason behind them and the killer's plans. C.P. Wilson kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end combining complex emotions with cruelty and gruesome scenes. The story is perfectly balanced and the suspense is skillfully distributed. I absolutely loved this terrific book and highly recommend it.


If you love gripping and original thrillers you should definitely read Ice Cold Alice.

About C.P. Wilson

C.P. Wilson is the pseudonym for Amazon best-selling Mark Wilson. C.P. Wilson writes psychological thrillers.

Mark Wilson is the Amazon-bestselling author of ten works of fiction and one non-fiction memoir. He also writes Crime Thrillers under the pseudonym, C.P. Wilson

Mark's short story 'Glass Ceiling' won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler's Short story competition and will be included in Ryan Bracha's Twelve Nights at Table Six. dEaDINBURGH reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.

Mark's acclaimed Lanarkshire Strays series are standalone novels and feature Mark's home county. Lanarkshire Strays is also available as an omnibus edition.

His novels have been well received and feature Scottish characters and locations.

Mark currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school and is founder of Paddy's Daddy Publishing, a company he set up to assist Scottish authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.


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Guest post

Constructing a Killer to Love
By C.P. Wilson

The lead character in Ice Cold Alice began as a vengeful, brutally-efficient serial killer who utilised a unique weapon. Alice was meticulous in her preparation for her kills. Infallible in their execution. Surgical in her methods, and forensically perfect in leaving the crime scene behind.

Alice began her fledgling life as a clinical, utterly precise killer of abusive men. A vengeful ghost of a woman who stalked, killed and fled with no trace. A ‘Mary-Sue’ psychotic.

She didn’t remain that way for long.

Alice is, without doubt, the most complex character I’ve had the pleasure to write, to date.

A true feminist, she targets the worst type of men in society; those who belittle, emotionally imprison, mentally torture and physically beat their spouses. Those who demand utter perfection from their partners and press their expectations and will upon those they profess to love. Those who leech the self-esteem and spirit from their partners or children.

Alice punishes these men for their sins and frees their spouses that they might rebuild their lives.

She is not, however, the feminist caricature that the mainstream media loves us to accept as the standard for feminism. Alice’s entire support network is male. She loves men, she depends on them, and they on her. Alice and her confidante, Seb, enjoy a closeness transcended by gender or sexuality or friendship. She could not function without his guidance and support. He would have no life without her mission. True equals, a team.

Alice has a point to prove, a mission and a goal in mind. Man-hating is not that goal. Saving abused people, and making society care about them is. Alice is a true feminist, one who strives to amplify womens’ voices and worth. To make all people truly equal.

A person who chooses to do this, who gives the entirety of their existence to this cause, cannot be a simple killer, no matter how skilled or dedicated. They must be single-minded and skilful, without question, but they must also suffer from the most severe empathy for their peers.

Alice cannot endure in the knowledge that the weak are preyed on by the strong. She detests that society at large chooses to ignore or enable this abuse. She will do whatever it takes to put this abuse into the public consciousness and force governments to act.

Alice is a woman who was utterly destroyed by a single event in her early twenties and who has systematically rebuilt her will, her emotional resilience and her body, gaining the necessary strength to commit these acts whilst in possession of an absolute certainty that what she is dong must be done, and is the right thing to do.

This Alice, a woman who is capable of being a murderer, a saviour and of feeling so intensely the pain of the abused, could never be a simple, tawdry killer. She had to be

formidable, vulnerable, grotesque at times, merciless, and consumed by compassion for the victimised. She had to be someone the reader will love and hate, sympathise with and abhor.

Along the way, breaking this person down and building her back up again, I fell in love with Alice. I hope you love her also.

Wilson is the author of eleven works of fiction. You can find Wilson and his books at Amazon.

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  1. Ice Cold Alice sounds like a gripping story with an interesting premise and a complex plot.

  2. this looks like a stonking good read! xx

  3. I've heard such fantastic things about this book, so I am keeping everything crossed!

  4. This sounds like just the kind of book I love to read and enjoy.

  5. I'm always drawn to books with this kind of plot. I like a sympathetic killer. I have to tell my sister about this one. She'd love it too!

  6. This is one of my favorite genres of books to read! I love mysteries, and crime themes too, so this is a bonus for me!!

  7. It sounds like a page turner! Awesome cover!

  8. This sounds like a really gripping and thrilling read, just my type of book.

  9. It sounds like an amazing book, and one I definitely want to read.

  10. I love your cover and I love thrillers, so this is a double winner for me.

  11. Really looks good!! When I first met my husband I had a fasination reading serial killer books and my hubby told me he was worried that I had plans for him!! I was doing a lot of reading for my University classes.

  12. I shared via g+ but I am NOT 100% positive that I know how to properly grab that unique url and I was wondering if there is someone who can explain it? DOES this show my share? thanks to anyone who can clarify LOL

    1. Hi Sabina, that URL you gave above is your personal G+ profile (your account/ID). To share on G+ basically just click on the G+ under the Rafflecopter then go to your Google Plus a/c where all the pictures/shares will show up. In the top right of each individual posts is a little sort of square with a diagonal line. Click on this icon & it brings it up to full page size (ish) THEN, if you cut & paste the URL at the top - that's your share link!

      I clicked on the first picture in your G+ account & it gave me this URL that's your share link!

    2. and here's your Ice Cold Alice share link:

  13. Ice Cold Alice sounds like a very gripping book, I'd love to read it.

  14. Is it wrong to want to read this because the killer is a woman? I want to get inside her head to see what makes her tick, why she chose this path.

  15. This sounds phenomenal! I would definitely love to read this if I get the chance! I love thrillers and mysteries so this would totally be the book to read before you hit the bed!

  16. There have been fabulous reviews for this must-read gripping novel and the cover is great. Just my kind of read on an Ice Cold winter"s night!

  17. The cover and blurb already drew me in, but after reading your guest post, I'm hooked. Congrats on the release!

  18. I really should get around to reading this, it's been on my kindle for a while.

  19. Sounds interesting. Not my usual read but I would definitely give this a read.

  20. Big fan of his thrillers.Awesome guest post.

  21. This sounds deliciously dark and creepy.

  22. This sounds like an intense, thrilling read.

  23. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Sounds like an interesting read!

  24. Interesting story would love to read it

  25. This sounds like a great read.

  26. What a marvellous guest post. Alice intrigues me no end and does indeed sound like a very complicated character and her relationship with Seb is also very interesting.