Book Review: Shiver by Allie Reynolds

Milla hadn’t seen Curtis, Dale, Heather and Brent since the fateful day ten years earlier when Saskia, Curtis’s sister went missing in the alps, never to be found. A reunion in a remote chalet on the French mountain turns deadly as the five ‘friends’ discover themselves stranded, alone and snowstorm brewing.

The premise sounds suspenseful and the descriptions of the surrounding snow and cold, vivid. What happened on that mountain ten years earlier unravels throughout the novel with accusations flying between the friends until the cracks appear.

Knowing nothing about snowboarding, the author, an experienced professional snowboarder provided terrific descriptions. I did get lost at times but appreciated in the end how technical and skilled a snowboarder must be and the intricacies of the sport. Nevertheless, at times it appeared a little repetitive, perhaps because it lost me. I’m sure those who know the sport might appreciate it more.

I was grateful for the short chapters which flipped between now and then until they merged towards the end of the novel where we find that not everything is as you expect which is what I really liked about it.

The characters, however let it down somewhat as they weren’t particularly likeable and in particular, Milla was frustrating. But she is written as being young, naïve and single-minded to the point of taking too many risks bordering on stupidity. Unfortunately, I didn’t care much for her even though I did try. And although her motivation was explained, she seemed much the same as she’d been ten years earlier. Saskia was even worse, as I didn’t get her at all nor did I understand the relationship with her brother. I expected some big family revelation but there was none.

It’s a light easy read, slow in the first half but picks up pace in the second half but not so riveting for me.  I guess I just grew tired of these people on the mountain.

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