Three ordinary people risk everything for a chance at redemption in this audacious, utterly gripping novel of catastrophe and survival at the end of the world, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man.
“The wildest thriller of the year is three thrillers in one. Buckle up.”—Linwood Barclay
FINALIST FOR THE ITW THRILLER AWARD • AN ESQUIRE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. After she was evacuated from a secluded boarding school during a snowstorm, her coach careered off the road, trapping her with a handful of survivors. They’ll need to work together to escape—with their sanity and secrets intact.
Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She’s in a cable car stranded high above snowy mountains, with five strangers and no memory of how they got on board. They are heading to a place known only as “The Retreat,” but as the temperature drops and tensions mount, Meg realizes they may not all make it there alive.
Carter is gazing out the window of an isolated ski chalet that he and his companions call home. As their generator begins to waver in the storm, something hiding in the chalet’s depths threatens to escape, and their fragile bonds will be tested when the power finally fails—for good.
The imminent dangers faced by Hannah, Meg, and Carter are each one part of the puzzle. Lurking in their shadows is an even greater danger—one with the power to consume all of humanity.
Interesting Premise, but Falls Short
I liked the premise of the story overall. It just doesn’t have the best climax and ending. Things happen and by the end I’m not quite sure I even liked how it was all handled.
Excellent. Well constructed. Good tempo. The story just slowly builds and then unwinds.