Shiver – Allie Reynolds

They don’t know what I did. And I intend to keep it that way.

How far would you go to win? Hyper-competitive people, mind games and a dangerous natural environment combine to make the must-read thriller of the year. Fans of Lucy Foley and Lisa Jewell will be gripped by spectacular debut novel Shiver.

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.

About the Author:

Allie Reynolds is the author of the thriller SHIVER, which will be published in January 2021.

Born and raised in Lincoln, England, she moved to Australia in 2004. She lives on the Gold Coast with her two young boys and a cat who thinks he’s a dog.

Many years ago she competed at snowboard halfpipe. She spent five winters in the mountains of France, Switzerland, Austria and Canada. These days she sticks to surfing – water doesn’t hurt as much as ice when you fall on it.

Her first ever job was a Saturday job in a bookstore, at age 14. She taught English for many years and became a full-time writer in 2018.

My Review: 

Shiver is Allie Reynold’s debut thriller set in the cut-throat world of competitive snowballing, based on her experiences and knowledge of the sport, this novel is a “chilling” whodunnit and why.

Five friends who haven’t seen each other for ten years are reunited at a deserted ski resort. Nobody knows who has arranged this “reunion” and everybody has secrets to hide and a very guilty past.

The story is cleverly told through alternating chapters taking the reader back to the past ten years ago when Saska, Curtis, Milla, Dale, Heather and Brent were young, eager, up and coming snowboarders starting their professional careers, taking risks and believing they were invincible… until six friends become five and their lives are turned upside down.

Now the five friends are forced to face each other again, suspicious of each other and harbouring their own guilty secrets, Shiver is a fast paced cat and mouse game set in the freezing mountains with a claustrophobic and atmospheric background.

All five characters are well developed and believable and I was constantly changing my mind on who was guilty and who was innocent. Enjoyable and recommended for all thriller fans out there.

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