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2018
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Characters
Dana Hart (Female), Engaged, On a weekend retreat with small group of people; found dead at the bottom of the stairs
David Paley (Male), Lawyer, Thinks Dana's death is not an accident
Matthew Hutchinson (Male), Dana's fiance
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Topics
Suspicious deaths
Search for truth
Storms
Secrets
Murder
Setting
Catskill Mountains (Appalachia) - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

Put a handful of strangers into an isolated inn during a ferocious blizzard, capped off with an ice storm, and you have the perfect classic setting for a series of murders. The first victim seems to have had an accident, but the need to keep the corpse in the middle of things amps up the nerves. The body count rises quickly in the cold and dark. Lapena uses this familiar mystery setting to good effect with questionable histories, plausible suspicions, a power outage, and available liquor to keep readers guessing-it has to be one of the guests, or maybe not. The vacation weekend getaway is peopled with lovers and troubled marriages, jealousies, temptations, and tensions that keep the plot moving. There are no obvious out-liers but reasons enough to think it could be any one of the stranded guests and minimal staff. Narrator Hillary Huber skillfully conveys the thrills and fears. -VERDICT Recommended for mystery fans, especially on a winter's night when the wind howls. ["A great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!": LJ 8/18 starred review of the Viking hc.]-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

This disappointing thriller from bestseller Lapena (A Stranger in the House) riffs on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. A small group of people arrive for the weekend at Mitchell's Inn, deep in the snowy Catskills, where they hope to enjoy the seclusion and natural beauty of the mountains. The first evening, a young woman, Dana Hart, is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. To lawyer David Paley, it doesn't look like an accident, and he suspects Dana's fiancé, Matthew Hutchinson. The problem is that there's a winter storm raging, and the inn is without power and a generator. Since they can't contact the police, the guests settle in for a long wait, and the presence of a dead body only exacerbates the mounting tensions. Each guest is hiding a dark secret, and as the secrets are revealed and accusations are hurled, the body count rises, and it seems that no one is safe. The pace picks up in the third act, but it's not enough to save a narrative populated with emotionally distant characters and paint-by-the-numbers murders. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House <br> <br> A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away <br> <br> It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.<br> <br> So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in for the long haul.<br> <br> Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.<br> <br> Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.
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