Shiver by Allie Reynolds

To be published later this month.

‘It’s that time of year again.  The time the glacier gives up bodies.’

After ten years apart, five friends reunite at a resort in the French Alps.  Last time they were together, Milla was at the peak of her snowboarding career.  Last time they were together, Saskia, one of their friends, disappeared.  She has not been seen since. Milla would prefer to forget the events of that winter, but the invitation from Curtis intrigues her. 

The friends arrive: Curtis, Milla, Brent, Dale, and Heather.  But what is going on?  No-one admits to sending the invitations, the resort is deserted, and the weather is about to turn ugly.

Five people, mistrustful of each other, confined within the resort.  It is too dangerous to leave and, it soon becomes apparent, too dangerous to stay.  Who can Milla trust?  Who invited the friends to the resort, and what really happened ten years ago?  Six friends, ten years ago, until Saskia went missing.  All professional snowboarders.  Close but competitive.  Supporting each other, but always looking for a competitive edge.  And now, isolated in the French Alps, it seems that someone wants revenge.  But who, and for what?

Ms Reynolds, herself once a freestyle snowboarder, has written a very impressive debut novel.  There is plenty of suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Highly recommended.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith