I was equal parts disgusted, horrified, shocked and in awe throughout the reading of this book. And a book that can make you feel all of those things is truly an epic one, that’s for sure. I’ve consistently loved (is this the right word, probably not!) C.J Tudors books but felt that the last couple had gone down in the ‘horrifying/terrifying’ stakes. Rest assured, The Drift is the chilling style that we’ve come to know and love from the Queen of nightmarish novels.

Hannah. Meg. Carter. Three main characters, three very desperate and dark situations. The threats, the setting, the other characters, the secrets, the lies, the bluffs… it was all perfect. At the start I had a hard time keeping track but that quickly resolved as I moved into the ‘drifts’ of the stories. It’s complex, it’s incredible, it’s ingenius actually, how C.J Tudor ties this together into a neat (but horrific) ending. So clever. Escape room vibes, locked room vibes, traitor vibes… it has everything you want in a horror. Horrific. In the best possible way.

About the Book

Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. During a hasty escape from a secluded boarding school, her coach careened over a hillside road during one of the year’s heaviest snowstorms, trapping her inside with a handful of survivors, a brewing virus, and no way to call for help. If she and the remaining few want to make it out alive, with their sanity–and secrets–intact, they’ll need to work together or they’ll be buried alive with the rest of the dead.

A former detective, Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She is in a cable car suspended far above a snowstorm and surrounded by strangers in the same uniform as her, with no memory of how they got there. They are heading to a mysterious place known to them only as “The Retreat,” but when they discover a dead man among their ranks and Meg spies a familiar face, she realizes that there is something far more insidious going on.

Carter is gazing out the window of the abandoned ski chalet that he and his ragtag compatriots call home. Together, they manage a precarious survival, manufacturing vaccines against a deadly virus in exchange for life’s essentials. But as their generator begins to waver, the threat of something lurking in the chalet’s depths looms larger, and their fragile bonds will be tested when the power finally fails–for good.

The imminent dangers faced by Hannah, Meg, and Carter are each one part of the puzzle. Lurking in their shadows is an even greater threat–one that threatens to consume all of humanity.

About The Author

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

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