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Publisher's Summary

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
"A claustrophobic spine-tingler." (People)
"Not only do Ware’s novels wink at [Agatha] Christie in a saucy way, but Ware herself is turning out to be as ingenious and indefatigable as the Queen of Crime." (The Washington Post)

The number one New York Times best-selling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark, Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.

Getting snowed in at a luxurious, rustic ski chalet high in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire to keep you warm, and others to keep you company. Unless that company happens to be eight coworkers…each with something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

When the cofounder of Snoop, a trendy London-based tech start-up, organizes a weeklong trip for the team in the French Alps, it starts out as a corporate retreat like any other: PowerPoint presentations and strategy sessions broken up by mandatory bonding on the slopes. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a lucrative but contentious buyout offer, tensions simmer and loyalties are tested. The storm brewing inside the chalet is no match for the one outside, however, and a devastating avalanche leaves the group cut off from all access to the outside world. Even worse, one Snooper hadn’t made it back from the slopes when the avalanche hit.

As each hour passes without any sign of rescue, panic mounts, the chalet grows colder, and the group dwindles further…one by one.

©2020 Ruth Ware. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Penguin Audio. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Imogen Church's extraordinary narration of Ruth Ware's newest suspense novel will keep listeners glued to their earbuds, unable to do anything else but listen wide-eyed and rapt. In an homage to Agatha Christie (AND THEN THERE WERE NONE), Ware has taken the premise of people trapped in an isolated house with an unidentified killer; cleverly adapted the who, where, and what to the 21st century; and pumped up the dread with parallel first-person narratives. Ten employees of a tech start-up meet for a retreat in an alpine chalet with two staff. Tensions abound; then an avalanche isolates the group. Church delivers a myriad of individual voices, offers telling characterizations, and transports listeners into every scene with perfect pacing of the humor, conflicts, and terror. It's witty, cunning, and addictive." (Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Magazine)

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Decide for yourself

Although another reviewer rated 2 stars because of the narration, I think Imogen Church is one of the best female narrators out there, so I guess it really does boil down to personal preference.

I've listened to three or four other Ruth Ware titles and feel that Church does a phenomenal job. She is a perfect match for the author's style of writing. If you've ever read or listened to Ware before, you'll know that her stories are often filled with inner dialogue, which, in my eyes, happens to be one of Churches biggest strengths. Her pacing is spot on and she definitely has a talent for emphasizing in all the right places. The flow is so natural it's as if you're listening to someone else's conversations firsthand.

It's always harder to satisfy readers in audio format, anyway, because success no longer relies solely on the author's prose, but on the combination of written word and performance.

I don't want to give anything away, and although in my opinion it does seem as if the plot follows the same basic formula as her previous works, Ware is a talented writer who always provides enough intrigue to keep me coming back. Especially if she continues to pair with Imogen Church.

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This was awful!

I have enjoyed other Ruth Ware books but this one is beyond awful. It is incredibly tedious, predictable, and just plain awful. Please save your money and do not buy this book!

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terrible

I could not care less about those tech douches ethical dilemmas and poor character development. I wanted more of them to get murdered.

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One By One Disappointed

I was so excited for a new book by Ruth & I loved many of her books. Even more excited after I found Imogen was the narrator too!
5 stars for Imogen, 2 stars for story

Sadly, I was greatly disappointed with this story. It didn't even catch my interest even a little, until chapter 18 & then...it just was still very very slow and tedious. The whole thing was very long winded & I did try to love it....it failed me though.

The characters were pretty much the same in one way or another & boring and WAY OVER developed & just to many to yet hold my interest. The content "Snoop" introductions for each character got EXTREMELY ANNOYING & very redundant.

Another "Murder Mystery" that had figured out by the time Ava's phone was pinged, yes, believe it or not. (No spoiler for you here, so don't worry) I will let you find out for yourself.

I always love Imogen Church & honestly MANY book I do get are because SHE is the narrator & more times than not I end up enjoying the story. She has a wonderful voice!! Clear spoken, no mistakes, great emotions & tones for situations & characters.
Sadly this is only the 2nd story out of MANY I have that even Imogen's talent could not save.

No, I can't recommend this story if you want great story content, a good murder mystery or great characters you will get attached to in any way.

Yes, I recommend Imogen Church as a narrator 100%

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Ok story

It wasn't her best work. It just kind of moves along, no real suspense. . Predictable who done it with once again a perfect narrator that makes up for it.

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terrible!

one of her worst books. Predictable, boring and not worth paying for! I definitely do not recommend this one of Ware's!

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Finished in One Day

Another great book from Ruth Ware! As with her other books, I finished this one in a single day. I enjoyed the whole concept. (I’m now wondering if there will be a new app. 😉) I think I figured out whodunnit about the time I was expected to figure it out, not by my great deductive reasoning. Can’t say too much more without spoilers, and who likes those?!? Imogene Church was fantastic as always!! She’s a perfect fit for Ruth Ware’s books!

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Wow

This was excellent. I’m a fan of Ruth Ware. I’ve read several of her books. Her last one The Turn of the Key I couldn’t get into and gave up on it. After this one, I may have to revisit it.

Anyway, I loved the characters even the ones I disliked. I’ve always liked writer’s that show the good and bad in characters and make you like them one minute and hate them the next. There was a diverse crowd of personalities and motivations. This kept me guessing as to who did the crime and why. I’m proud to say that one of my earliest hunches was correct but it was still a surprise during the reveal. She tied up loose ends nicely. The climax was perfect... I couldn’t stop listening and was screaming at the narrator to “Go! Hurry!” After the climax, the ending could have come sooner but I understand why it didn’t. My favorite RW book to date! Keep them coming, Ruth!

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Great author, and my favorite narrator!

When this book showed up it felt like Christmas! I love Ruth Ware’s writing, and Imogen Church is my very favorite narrator, so I was pumped! The book itself was great until the end. The last part dragged on a bit, and I knew who the killer was from the start because it was exactly who the book didn’t want you to think it was- this was probably on purpose ;) but overall I very much enjoyed it.

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Another great one.

I love Ruth Ware's books! I only wish I didn't finish them so quickly making the wait for the next sooo long.
I also really, really enjoy Imogen Church as a narrator. After reading In a Dark, Dark Wood I tried out the audio versions and haven't looked back. . in between Ware books I seek out other works by Church. Great pair!

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