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Shiver by Allie Reynolds
Crime , Review / 29/01/2021

Allie Reynolds debut novel Shiver is an isolation thriller which, on that description makes it sound perfect for these Covid times. Set in a mainly deserted glacier-top ski resort before the start of the season it also draws heavily on Reynold’s own past as a freestyle snowboarder to flesh out its group of characters and their sketchy pasts. Milla is a former competitive snowboarder. Ten years have passed since a tragedy-filled season that changed her life. So much time has passed that Milla feels comfortable attending a kind of reunion with four of her fellow boarders from that time. She feels a thrill of nostalgia as she once again sees Brett, Dale, Heather and Curtis. But right from the start, as they board the bubble cable cars that will take them to the summit hotel, things feel a little off. And it is not long before things start to go wrong. They find the hotel completely empty of staff, their phones disappear and then during an “icebreaker” game mysterious accusations about their time ten years before emerge. All of this goes back to the event that they have come to commemorate – the disappearance of Curtis’s sister, and Milla’s main…

White Throat by Sarah Thornton
Crime , Review / 10/12/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews White Throat by Sarah Thornton (Clementine Jones #2) – another fast paced Australian crime thriller featuring Thornton’s flawed but engaging heroine.

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo
Crime , Review / 19/10/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews The Kingdom – the new standalone rural Scandinavian-noir thriller from Norwegian crime fiction powerhouse Jo Nesbo.

Trust by Chris Hammer
Crime , Review / 13/10/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews Trust by Chris Hammer – the third book in his series featuring journalist Martin Scarsden, set in a windy, corrupt Sydney.