Book Review: Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates

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Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates

As a fan of thrillers set in snowy landscapes, I couldn’t wait to dive into Dead of Winter by Darcy Coates, and thankfully, it delivered.

From the very first chapter, I was hooked on the story’s chilling premise – a group of strangers trapped in an abandoned cabin during a blizzard with a killer among them.

The scene is set with Christa joining a tour group in the Rocky Mountains with the hope of finding peace from her past. But things quickly go awry when the group is forced to take shelter in an abandoned cabin due to a bitter snowstorm. Here is where the real action begins, and I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading.

The tension builds up steadily as the situation in the cabin becomes more and more dangerous. The discovery of the severed head of their tour guide outside the cabin throws everything into chaos, and Christa and the other strangers find themselves with a killer among them.

What I appreciated about this book was how well the author was able to create a claustrophobic and eerie atmosphere. The sense of isolation and being trapped was palpable, and I could feel Christa’s rising panic as the number of survivors dwindled.

If you’re a fan of thrillers or love a good trapped-in-a-blizzard story, this book is a must-read. Dead of Winter kept me entertained until the very end.

  • Print length: 389 pages
  • Publication date: July 11, 2023