Only One Survives

Mira: Harlequin. Jul. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780778305477. pap. $18.99. SUSPENSE
Vienna and Madison came from vastly different backgrounds when they first met in school, although they soon discovered a shared enthusiasm for ’90s music. They began playing music together and found success performing small gigs as a duo called EmVee. After EmVee starts trending and moves to New York, Vienna pushes to recruit members and form a full band. Madison resists the change, but they go through with it anyway and change the band’s name to Bittersweet, bringing even more success and a chance to celebrate with a trip. On their way to the celebration, the band’s van crashes in a remote location during a snowstorm. The band is forced to find shelter, and not everyone will survive. With the band lost, wounded, and dying in the Catskills, who will make it? And why would one person simply disappear after such a tragic night?
VERDICT For readers eagerly awaiting the return of Yellowjackets, this novel from McKinnon (The Revenge List) blends the musical highs of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones and the Six with the darkness of The Girls by Emma Cline in a twisty thriller that is hard to resist.
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