Shiver by Allie Reynolds. (2021).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
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 in 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 discover the truth.
I loved this novel, what a fabulous debut for the author! The storyline features dual timelines: the present where five snowboarders have reunited but all is not what it seems, and then the past is ten years ago where the snowboarders are competing and one disappears. Both make for interesting and compelling storylines. Saskia, the missing girl, is 100% the villian and I liked that, it’s refreshing to just have just a purely nasty girl with no backstory to excuse her behaviour. The remaining five are a mixed bag – none are angels (it’s hard to go any more detailed than that without spoilers!). As we follow everything from Milla’s perspective, we learn the most about her. At the core of the book is the pure competitiveness of the athletes, and just how much they push themselves physically and mentally for this sport that they love.
Overall: highly recommend this fast-paced psychological thriller.