A group of students are being evacuated to safety at The Retreat when their coach crashes, trapping them inside without food or water while a snowstorm rages and temperatures plummet. Elsewhere, a sudden power outage leaves another group similarly stranded in a cable car suspended high above the ground. Meanwhile, the group of people residing at The Retreat are facing their own perils. Supplies are dwindling, the power supply is unreliable, and everyone is on edge due to suspicious activities that have recently come to light.
The hazards each group faces are different, but they have a few things in common:
All are determined to survive.
None can call for help.
Their greatest fear, above all else, is exposure to the deadly virus that sometimes culminates in something far worse than death itself.
What an outstanding book this was! Five stars isn’t enough. This book—as well as the previous books in the trilogy—has more than earned ALL the stars… and here’s why:
I didn’t realize (at first) that this was a modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre (which, despite good intentions, I’ve not yet read). That kind of bummed me out, because I’d ordinarily want to have read the original novel first before diving into something like this. Once I knew what I was reading, I toyed with the idea of setting it aside, but I was already so invested in the story that it would have been impossible for me to do it.
It was love at first sight for Laura when she met Robert at a neighbor’s barbecue. He was successful, charming, and seemed to hang on her every word. A few months after their whirlwind romance began, Robert moves into her house, but it isn’t the happily ever after Laura imagined it would be.