Friday, 29 January 2021

Shiver by Allie Reynolds | Book Review

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Shiver by Allie Reynolds - 3/5
Blurb:
"When Milla is invited to a reunion in the French Alps resort that saw the peak of her snowboarding career, she drops everything to go. While she would rather forget the events of that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis, the one person she can't seem to let go.

The five friends haven't seen each other for ten years, since the disappearance of the beautiful and enigmatic Saskia. But when an icebreaker game turns menacing, they realise they don't know who has really gathered them there and how far they will go to find the truth.

In a deserted lodge high up a mountain, the secrets of the past are about to come to light."

Review: 
This is quite a good debut!

The story is told by Milla, a snowboarder, in both present day and ten years ago.

In the present day, she has met up with her old group of friends, Heather, Dale, Brent and Curtis, where they used to compete but two of their group aren't there. Odette was injured and Saskia, Curtis's sister, is missing and presumed dead.

This is a 'locked room' novel and is written quite well. Firstly, there is suspicion of who actually set this reunion up. Some people got emails signed off as Milla and some by Curtis. Both of them claim not to have organised it. Then strange things happen. Someone knows who killed Saskia and they want the truth to come out.

I love the setting of Shiver. I've read a couple of books set on ski resorts and really enjoyed them despite never going skiing myself. There is a lot of snowboarding jargon but it was easy to follow. The relationships between the characters in both past and present times are well described and it is obvious that a lot of people would have had a motive to hurt Saskia. She and Milla definitely had a "keep your friends close but enemies closer" type relationship.

I liked that there was a romantic aspect in there too and the fact that Milla was able to reflect back on her competitive nature, realising that she could take it too far sometimes.

The ending did surprise me and it wasn't what I suspected at all. 




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