Book Review: Shiver by Allie Reynolds

Published in Australia on the 27th January, 2021 by Hachette Australia.

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Format: Trade Paperback

Australian RRP: $32.99

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Suspense.

Page Count: 425

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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In this propulsive locked-room thriller, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover someone has deliberately stranded them in a deserted mountaintop resort

When Milla is invited to a reunion in the tiny resort that saw the peak of her snowboarding career, she drops everything to go. While she would rather forget the events of that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis, the one person she can’t seem to let go.

The five friends haven’t seen each other for ten years, since the disappearance of the beautiful and enigmatic Saskia. But when an icebreaker game turns menacing, they realise they don’t know who has really gathered them there and how far they will go to find the truth. In an isolated lodge high up a mountain, amid a looming snowstorm, the secrets of the past are about to come to light.

Imagine Agatha Christie set in the Alps and you have Shiver, a spectacularly sinister psychological debut.

My Review:

I received a copy of Shiver from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

As soon as I picked up Shiver, I was instantly intrigued! Ever since I’d heard about the books’ existence, it was one that I’d been excited to pick up, I always enjoy a gripping psychology Thriller and I love the locked room concept, add in the setting of a snowy mountains, Shiver was definitely a win of a book!

Firstly, I have to mention how much I personally loved that Saskia’s presence was felt throughout the chapters set in the present day, not only because the writing alludes to Milla having done something sinister to this enigmatic but sometimes cunning and wicked young woman! I found myself quite intrigued by Saskia’s character, I felt like her dynamic with Milla was..well, let’s just say throughout the flashback chapters from ten years ago, I was wondering if there was something more to their fiercely competitive nature…

What starts as a potentially friendly reunion between Milla, Dale, Brent, Heather and Curtis (Saskia’s own brother, someone who Milla’s never really been able to shake from her thoughts), it becomes evident quite quickly on that someone is trying to mess with them, when answers to an icebreaker game switch to quite a menacing tone – we’re talking, I Killed Saskia, amongst other Saskia related reveals! Yet, no one from the group themselves wrote that answer! I was so completely kept on my toes trying to pinpoint who might have had complete hatred towards Saskia and also who to trust from the group, I felt like they all really had their ultimatums and could’ve played a part in her disappearance!

Allie Reynolds’ writing throughout Shiver was just oh so addictive! I started this book before sleep one night, anticipating just reading a couple pages to set the scene for what was to come, then there I was 150 pages later struggling to put the book down! The time jumps to the present day and the ten years prior were executed absolutely brilliantly, giving the reader backstory into not only Milla and Saskia as characters, highlighting their competitive nature towards one another, their absolute need to beat the other, but highlighting Saskia’s dynamic with the other characters, too!

Shiver is completely memorable and altogether an enjoyable, engaging page turner! I must admit, there was a point I got to throughout the book where I stopped trying to figure out what exactly had happened to Saskia, as it swiftly became evident that it wasn’t just Milla that might’ve played a part in Saskia’s disappearance! It’s a completely fast paced Thriller and I’m left still pondering about these characters too, Saskia and Odette (I’ve purposely not mentioned the latter until now but she definitely plays a significant part in the story, trust me on that!) – but oh, do add Shiver to your TBR if you haven’t already! It’s absolutely altogether wickedly enthralling and I completely recommend!

Happy Reading,


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