Release date: November 8, 2022
Publisher: Park Row
Synopsis: Three couples rent a luxury cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway to die for in this chilling locked-room thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.
What could be more restful, more restorative, than a weekend getaway with family and friends? An isolated luxury cabin in the woods, complete with spectacular views, a hot tub and a personal chef. Hannah’s loving and generous tech-mogul brother found the listing online. The reviews are stellar. It’s his birthday gift to Hannah and includes their spouses and another couple. The six friends need this trip with good food, good company and lots of R & R, far from the chatter and pressures of modern life.
But the dreamy weekend is about to turn into a nightmare. A deadly storm is brewing. The rental host seems just a little too present. The personal chef reveals that their beautiful house has a spine-tingling history. And the friends have their own complicated past, with secrets that run blood deep. How well does Hannah know her brother, her own husband? Can she trust her best friend? And who is the new boyfriend, crashing their party? Meanwhile, someone is determined to ruin the weekend, looking to exact a payback for deeds long buried. Who is the stranger among them?
I’m a sucker for a locked room style mystery this time of year so I was excited to get my hands on this one. I was pretty much immediately drawn in here, there’s a ton of different viewpoints and while I wasn’t sure how they all fit together at first, I was able to settle in fairly quickly. There is one mysterious POV that doesn’t click into place until closer to the end but I was invested in this persons story and actually looked forward to their chapters when they popped up. The setting is fantastic, you have an isolated and claustrophobic cabin in the middle of nowhere and despite the amenities when Mother Nature brings a storm in money can’t save you. I think the less you know her the better off you are so if you enjoy tense and addictive locked room style thrillers try this, it was a lot of fun while also delivering a dark and sinister edge.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.