They circled the body in the snow. Scavengers. Looking for anything they might strip from the corpse.
What do you think about that first paragraph? More than a bit creepy, right? Let me tell you, this book definitely continues on with the creepy, icy, scary, cold, and sometimes icky scenes. Maybe get a nice hot cup of tea or cocoa and then settle in for a really wild ride.
I thought I had read several books by this author, but I think I've only read one. C.J. Tudor's first book was called The Chalk Man and I liked it quite a bit. This one was told from three points of view - Hannah, Meg, and Carter. It's got an apocalyptic feel to it - sort of end-of-the-world stuff. There is a new sickness and it's been bad, really bad. People are either 'nice guys' or survivors. With the three protagonists, it's tough to see how they all relate to each other. It took me most of the book to get a glimmer of an idea. Even the title has a 'secret'. Lots and lots of twists and then there was the ending. Wow!
I did like this one. Some might not be ready for this sort of book yet. I have seen several of my blogging friends sharing positive reviews. I will continue to read C.J. Tudor's writings or maybe find and read more of her backlist. However, I think now I need a 'nice' murder mystery - maybe set in the hot summer. Ha! If you've read this one, what did you think? If not, are you intrigued?
Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. 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.