Kaldgellan isn’t your normal ski resort. Situated high in the Austrian Alps, it’s more off the beaten track and less costly than most, and therefore perfect for school trips. A group of British teenagers find themselves stuck at their hotel when a snowstorm descends and makes it impossible to use the gondola – the only way in or out of the town. The locals are acting strangely, with many deserting the town before the storm kicks in.
When the blood is found, there’s nobody to tell – the adults have vanished overnight. With no power, and no way to contact the outside world, and the storm too heavy to attempt hiking down the mountain the kids have no choice but to stay put and wait for rescue. But will rescue come in time, or will Kaldgellan’s other residents get to them first?
Whiteout is a compelling novel – well written, descriptive, tense, and so much more than I expected from a first-time author. It may fall into the Young Adult category, but no punches are pulled, and fares equally well under the Adult Horror classification. Gabriel Dylan is one to watch, and I’m already impatient for his next book.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.