Lottie is forced to stay at her new stepdad’s ski cabin in Tahoe with her stepsister Jade, while their parents celebrate their honeymoon in Reno. When a solar flare erupts, it leaves the entire cabin without power. As Lottie and Jade look for extra jackets to keep warm and wood to burn, two strangers in a red pickup truck show up looking for a friend. They apologize and leave soon after they realized they’ve got the wrong cabin.
Not long after, another stranger named Alex appears and claims to be lost and looking for shelter during the storm. Lottie and Jade hesitate but allow Alex to stay the night. When night falls, Lottie wakes to see Alex chatting with the two guys in the red pickup truck from earlier. It almost seems as if they know each other. Before Lottie can piece together what’s going on, a fire erupts in the cabin leaving them, along with the two strangers in the red pickup truck in the blizzard. Now the game of survival begins.
Don’t Let in the Cold was an enjoyable read, but it did have its flaws. While it was nice getting to know the characters, I felt a lot of chapters were drawn out with dialogue that didn’t add to the plot. When it came to the “twist” I was expecting something bigger or at least a deeper explanation for a motive, but what you see is what you get. There was also a romantic element in the story that felt out of place.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy the growing friendship between Lottie and Jade. Parrack’s style of writing is easy to follow and she’s very descriptive, which was perfect for this chilling story. I’d recommend this book to Young Adult and Mystery/Thriller fans looking for a quick and easy read. Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for this advanced reading copy (eARC) in exchange for my honest review. Don’t Let in the Cold will be released next week on September 6, 2022 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.
Don’t Let in the Cold by Keely Parrack
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller