Clear back in 2016 I highlight 4 Chilling Snowbound Thrillers and I thought it was about time I told you about some more of my favorite thrillers with wintery settings. I don’t know what it is about thriller set in the winter time but they just seem so much more dangerous! I absolutely love them and have read a few really good ones.
No Exit, Taylor Adams
This is one seriously wild ride. Set during a snowstorm at a roadside rest stop, it’s a thriller with some seriously ‘oh shit’ moments that’ll knock your socks off. There’s a movie but I can honestly say that the book was better. I know. I know. But it really was.
On her way to Utah, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop with four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper but which one and how can she save the girl?
Shiver, Allie Reynolds
Raise your hand if you love a good locked room mystery. This one takes place at a ski resort in the French Alps. It’s a bit of a slow burn but there are some edgy moments that really made the story.
When Milla accepts an off-season invitation to Le Rocher, a cozy ski resort in the French Alps, she’s expecting an intimate weekend of catching up with four old friends. inside the hotel, detailed instructions await them: an icebreaker game, designed to draw out their secrets. A game meant to remind them of Saskia, the enigmatic sixth member of their group, who vanished the morning of the competition years before and has long been presumed dead.
An Unwanted Guest, Shari Lapena
Winter in the Catskills at cozy and comfortable Mitchell’s Inn… in the middle of a snowstorm that has closed all the roads and stranded everyone. Why are these the plots that I live for?
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 and try to make the best of it. Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. 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–and one another.
Permafrost, Alistair Reynolds
If you like a little dystopian sci-fi with your thriller than this is the book for you! A climate change thriller where permafrost is the scary reality. This one is so good and very strange.
2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists have one goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. 2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head… an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own.
The Sanatorium, Sarah Pearse
Love or hate that reveal but you can’t deny this one is creepy af. I mean, the killer wears an old gas mask from WWII and it’s set in the Swiss Alps during a blizzard. I urge you to read this one without reading the reviews first and make up your own mind.
An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept. Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her.
The Overnight Guest, Heather Gudenkauf
This was my first book by this author and I loved it. An isolated farmhouse and a writer who just wants some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, things are about to get chaotic.
True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace. As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside.