Published: January 2021
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋/5
A group of five friends are invited to a reunion at a mountain lodge situated at a ski resort in the French Alps after not having seen each other for ten years. When they arrive, they find that the place is deserted and have no idea who actually invited them. When they all met, they were at the peak of their snowboarding careers, but then tragedy struck and one of their friends went missing and was never found. But not everyone is innocent.
With an icebreaker game designed to reveal buried secrets and no way to leave the lodge, will they eventually discover what happened to their friend all those years ago.
“A shiver runs through me. What else do they planned for us?“
If you are looking for a jaw-dropping story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then look no further. Shiver has everything you could need and want in a thriller.
The story is told from the protagonist, Milla’s point of view as the friends are stranded at the ski lodge.
Alternating between the present and ten years ago and each chapter ending on a cliffhanger, you won’t want to put this book down until the very end. Everyone including Milla has secrets they don’t want revealed, but it gets harder to keep them hidden as the story progresses. You soon realize that no one is who you thought they were and that each relationship is more complicated than you think.
I love the different dynamics between each of the characters. I couldn’t help, but be drawn to Milla’s character with her insecure and competitive nature, constantly trying to prove she has what it takes and not easily accepting of help from others.
This book plays some serious mind games with you. When you think you can trust someone, a spanner is thrown into the works and you end up doubting yourself.
This was an absolutely brilliant debut novel by the author, the fact that she was a competitive snowboarder herself adds an authentic element to this story. Even though at times I had no idea what some of the tricks were that they were talking about in the book (you bet I googled them when I had the chance), it took absolutely nothing away from how much I enjoyed this book and it gets a well deserved 5 stars from me!
Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.