Released: November 2007
Publisher: MTV Books
Genre: Young Adult - Thriller
Source: Other Shelf Tours
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Courtney Stanton thinks she's on just another ski trip with her friends -- until a horrific car accident strands them all on an isolated Colorado road during a blizzard. Frightened but alive, Courtney and her companions discover an abandoned vehicle nearby, and seek help. But the vehicle turns out to be a prison van, with the inmates missing, and the guard's dead body in the front seat.
Soon after, a stumbling figure emerges from the snow, a handcuffed refugee from the van. He says he's been in prison for selling meth, but that he once served in the army. Dare they trust him? He pleads innocence about the guard's murder, warns them about the other fugitives, and promises he will help guide them out of the wilderness. But as the group begins a nightmare trek across the frozen landscape, they start to get the feeling he hasn't told them the entire truth, and someone -- or something -- is secretly watching their every move.
Honestly, I have no idea how to write a review for this because everything I want to say will give it all away. What I can tell you is that Alex McAulay did a great job with keeping the plot moving so quickly that every time I thought about stopping, something would happen. Some sudden twist that I should have seen coming, but I never did.
I haven't read a thriller in a long time, and this book had me at the edge of my seat. There was so many things lingering in the back of my mind. Are Courtney and her friends going to make it out alive? Is this escaped convict the type of guy you can trust? What's going to happen to them as they try to seek help? When I read a book that is based on survival, it always makes me question what I would do in the same situation. In the book, I really liked what J.G. (the convict) said. Now I'm sure I'm not quoting this right, but it was something on the lines that everyone wants to think they'd act like a hero until the reality is there. That line really sets the stage for this book.
Basically if you're in the mood for a read that will keep you in suspense where you're dying to know what's going to happen next - this is your book.