Books on Tape. Jan. 2021. 1,023p. ISBN 9780593287910. $85.50. THRILLER
Ten years ago, Milla was a professional snowboarder hoping to climb the ranks during an event in the French Alps. That competition proved fatal to one of their number and career-ending for another. Milla has since given up the sport, but now she accepts an invitation to the resort to meet up with the old group. When she arrives, the resort puts on parlor games that accuse guests and expose their secrets without naming names. Sasha, the missing—presumed dead—member of the group had given everyone reason to dislike her; does that mean she was murdered? When group members begin dropping dead, Milla realizes they have run out of time for secrets. Someone wants revenge. The story unfolds in chapters that jump between the present and the past, narrated by the unreliable Milla. Narrator Olivia Vinall switches character accents effortlessly, but her skills can’t make up for the unlikable cast. Reynolds is a retired pro snowboarder, and her first book includes a lot of technical details that slow the plot.
VERDICT The denouement of the locked-room mystery, which is a little disappointing, comes out of left field. Libraries may want to order on request, but it isn’t a crucial purchase.
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