GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

It is January, and seeing as we are in the throes of winter, I thought books with winter like covers would be a topic for this month. Of course here in the Seattle area, January usually means lots of cold and rain, not snow. But it does snow in the mountains which are only an hour away, so I can visit when I want to.

I do like to read books that take place in winter, or have something to do with snow, so I am always on the lookout for those types of books. This week’s pick is a locked door mystery that takes place at a mountain resort. It says in the summary that it is off season, but the cover sure looks snowy.

Shiver by Allie Reynolds

Publication Date: January 19, 2021

Summary from Goodreads:

In this propulsive locked-room thriller debut, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover that someone has deliberately stranded them at their remote mountaintop resort during a snowstorm.

When Milla accepts an off-season invitation to Le Rocher, a cozy ski resort in the French Alps, she’s expecting an intimate weekend of catching up with four old friends. It might have been a decade since she saw them last, but she’s never forgotten the bond they forged on this very mountain during a winter spent fiercely training for an elite snowboarding competition.

Yet no sooner do Milla and the others arrive for the reunion than they realize something is horribly wrong. The resort is deserted. The cable cars that delivered them to the mountaintop have stopped working. Their cell phones–missing. And inside the hotel, detailed instructions await them: an icebreaker game, designed to draw out their secrets. A game meant to remind them of Saskia, the enigmatic sixth member of their group, who vanished the morning of the competition years before and has long been presumed dead.

Stranded in the resort, Milla’s not sure what’s worse: the increasingly sinister things happening around her or the looming snowstorm that’s making escape even more impossible. All she knows is that there’s no one on the mountain she can trust. Because someone has gathered them there to find out the truth about Saskia…someone who will stop at nothing to get answers. And if Milla’s not careful, she could be the next to disappear…

I read and enjoyed this author’s other book, The Swell, so this one is probably a safe bet, and I will probably like it too. It also sounds like it would be a good one to curl up by the fire with on a cold snowy day.

Do you enjoy reading books set in winter, or any season? Let me know in the comments.

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