MYSTERY

Shiver

Putnam. Jan. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780593187838. $27. SUSPENSE
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DEBUT With TV rights already sold, this buzzy debut takes the locked-room mystery to the French Alps, where five former friends reunite at a deserted ski lodge 10 years after Saskia, one of their fellow snowboarders, disappeared. Curtis, Saskia’s brother; Milla; Brent; Heather; and Dale were all in Saskia’s orbit that memorable winter as they trained together at the glacier in Le Rocher. Saskia was talented and alluring, but she wanted to win at all costs, craftily sabotaging and manipulating those around her and giving all of them motivation to make her disappear. So when the group gathers a decade later, they hope for some resolution to that horrible winter, but instead they find themselves stranded on the top of a remote mountain while someone taunts them with murder accusations. The situation grows more threatening and the five former friends wonder if they can trust one another and if Saskia is still alive.
VERDICT The story alternates between the present and 10 years prior, ratcheting up the suspense and spooling out a cast of intriguing characters drawn together atop a picturesque yet deadly mountain. Reynolds, a former international snowboarder, delivers the thrills in her must-read debut.

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