Dead of Winter

Poisoned Pen. Jul. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781728270258. pap. $15.99. THRILLER
Christa expects a romantic winter getaway with boyfriend Kiernan and their small tour group at a remote lodge in the Rocky Mountains. She is hopeful that this trip will bring her and Kiernan closer and give her the opportunity to put some of her past demons to rest. The trip quickly turns nightmarish when a blizzard strands their bus and they are forced to seek shelter in an abandoned cabin. The 11 strangers believe that they’ll be safe together until help arrives; however, nothing is as it seems. When their guide Brian goes missing, they begin to worry that their rescue is in jeopardy. Following the discovery of Brian’s demise, the group quickly realizes a brutal killer intends to pick them off one by one. Christa has to decide whom she can trust, if these killings are random or connected, and how to make it out alive.
VERDICT Coates’s (The Twisted Dead) latest is a compelling page-turner for readers of horror and thriller fiction, in the vein of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. The writing is magnetic and descriptive in a way that will have readers shivering from both the cold and outright fear.
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