Three ordinary people risk everything for a chance at redemption in this audacious, utterly gripping novel of catastrophe and survival at the end of the world, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man

Well, this was different! And in a good way. There was a bit of everything in this one. A virus gone wild, some science fiction, murder, and a puzzle. Yes, I said a puzzle. I thought of one thing in the beginning and another in the end. And I kind of loved it.

Told from multiple perspectives and timelines, it took me a long time to figure out who was who and what was happening. And I am not mad about that. We read so many mystery/thriller books that we love it when an author can stump us!

And boy did that happen.

Hannah wakes up in the coach they boarded when the school was evacuated after an outbreak of the virus. But all isn’t as it seems and the coach is now upside down covered in snow with no way out. And 2 of them at least have the virus.

Meg, a former detective wakes up to the rocking of a cable car over a snow-covered mountain. What has happened? Someone drugged them and changed their clothes. All they know is they are going to the Retreat. Not everyone in the car is alive. And he was a cop. Now she is going to find out what is going on and get them out of there.

Carter is at the Retreat and is up to something. The people there are hiding a lot of stuff. But they are surviving having collected plasma from those who have the virus. That is a moral dilemma, right? But then, the people running this place have no morals.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I think the most important thing that was said is, “This is what happens when we all stop caring about anyone but ourselves”.

And that says it all. Well Done!

NetGalley/ January 31st, 2023 by Ballantine Books

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