In the heat of this summer, I picked up The Shuddering. A novel that takes place during a deadly snowstorm. Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done that.
Jane and Ryan are twins and they brought their friends to their familial Colorado cabin for a weekend of snowboarding and catching up. Jane brings her friend Lauren who she hopes to set up with Ryan. Ryan invited Sawyer and his girlfriend April knowing it will be awkward for Jane who used to date him. As the five of them navigate their new surroundings, a snowstorm moves in, trapping them.
All over the mountain, people have been dying. There are not bodies. Only puddles of blood frozen in the snow. It is April who sees the creatures first. Large emaciated beasts with long fangs and a ferocious appetite. As the friends struggle for their lives, the storm drops several feet of snow. There is no escape unless they want to brave the cold and the monsters to walk twenty miles into town.
This novel is a gory mix of monster horror and man versus nature. The complicated relationships between the characters takes a backseat to the horrific monsters trying to kill them. I would have liked to know more about why these characters are who they are, but you get enough to know where they are going.
This novel is a quick read, but not my favorite by this author. It kept me interested long enough to finish and the ending is my favorite part. So it was worth the wait.