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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 3 October 2013
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In the snowy covered Colorado mountains five friends and a dog (sounds a bit Enid Blyton) arrive at the cabin where two of the friends Ryan and Jane spent many happy holidays in their childhood. This is to be a last get together before Ryan goes on to Switzerland to start a new career. Shortly after their arrival they become stranded by a blizzard, but not only are they cut off but something or several somethings are lurking in the woods. The friends soon find themselves in a terrifying situation when they realize that they are about to become prey. This chiller is typical of many other horror tales and movies, there is nothing original here, but it is all good fun. A readable novel that whiles away a few hours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
I really enjoyed this book , it keeps you gripped the whole way . Good ending . I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a horror that's easy to read and not too deep .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not into out and out horror but could not put this cold thriller down and mean that.I got into bed at ten and put the book down at 3.Cold harsh horror that evokes the darkest creatures in the worlds darkest places.A real frightener
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2014
As the synopsis says, five friends arrive at an isolated cabin in the snowy mountains to do some snowboarding. Relationships are not uncomplicated and there is tension and unfinished business between some members of the party, which leads to the death of one of them by the awful creatures inhabiting the woods. Like vampires they don't like sunlight. They are intelligent and extremely scary. The creatures are so well described, I could picture them in my mind perfectly. One by one, the friends fall prey to these monsters and one wonders who, if anyone, will survive. Just when you think the tale has come to an end, you realise that in fact the ending isn't really an ending, but a beginning. Perhaps that would have been too simple? Compulsive reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
Usual sort of tale of a load of young people getting stranded, this time in a snowy chalet - well, it's a bit more than a chalet because the father of two of them is rolling in money - not that it does a lot to save them from the horrors that they are to face in the days to come. As is usual in this type of book (or film) one by one they are getting picked off by the nasties. When venturing out into the wilderness, even if they have been there on previous occasions, it would have been wise to be more prepared for any event, such as intruders, wolves, whatever. This lot seemed to be lacking in either weapons or sense.

Anyhow, I don't suppose it was such a bad read. I didn't give it up as a bad job. I kept going right to the end, which to be fair is what they, in a way, attempted to do!,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2013
Unpredictable - did not want to put it down. Recommend it to anyone who likes to sit on the edge of their seat in suspense.
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VINE VOICEon 21 May 2014
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A cabin full of friends old and new, Jane and Ryan, Brother and sister and and their friend Sawyer, Jane's friend Lauren and Sawyer's new light 'o love April agree to meet up for a last snowboarding adventure at their parents cabin (unbeknown to all by Ryan, it is already sold and they are really intruding on the new owner's space) The dog Oona comes too!. Ryan and Lauren soon establish a romantic interest, while Jane tries her best to be polite to Sawyer (her old flame)'s new girl. The snow thickens and with it the plot. The couple sit down to a gourmet dinner - Boeuf Bourguignon with a superb sauce...., the snow continues to fall and tempers flare between Sawyer and his new girl who fails to understand their "stories" from the, not too distant enough for her, past. She is very jealous as she soon realises Jane is not just Ryan's sister but someone who Sawyer still has feelings for. This is the nice cosy bit... until things take a change for the worst with the weather. The dramatic scenery of the Colorado mountains with the added tint of hidden monsters who emerge from their starvation to take anything in their path.....this book has you on the edge of the seat to er, finish? Each adventure from the point that April argues with Ryan is a step further into the world of cold, whirling snow and unseen dervishes. With every last page you think....well. I cannot give anything away but this is a book that will keep you up nights, not only reading but thoughts of what you have just read. Really like an original Stephen King or James Herbert. On the tips of your toes.....This is a MUST READ for all readers who crave excitement and well written to boot. I want more!!!
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on 16 April 2014
If you start this book knowing the genre it fits squarely into, then no doubt you'll love it.

Telling the story of twins and their three friends going for one last snowboarding hurrah at their family cabin before their lives separate, and the horror of monsters in the woods that they encounter, The Shuddering is a great success because it knows its tone perfectly. While the plot is not the most original horror story told, it convinces because it's well written and has good characters.

Essentially it plays out like a slasher movie, with the knife wielding killer replaced by creepy, toothy monsters that seem to live in the mountains of Colorado, out to kill the fun, plucky twenty somethings who are trying to enjoy their holiday. It manages however to do what most slashers don't, and that is it gets you to care for the characters. I felt genuinely bad and at one point horrified as I read what these poor people were going through, and that's a real testament to Ahlborn. She could have written paper thin stereotypes, but instead she gives us well portrayed characters who speak, act and emote like real people, and this makes the events of the story all the more impactful. They rarely do things that will have you rolling your eyes in disbelief! In addition, it leaves certain elements up to the readers interpretation without being horribly vague, which adds to its realism.

At the end of the day, The Shuddering is meant to be a horror thrill ride and it achieves that with flying colours. No it's not high on originality but it's well written, highly engaging and downright enjoyable. As someone who loves slashers and creature features, I highly recommend this one, and Ahlborn is officially on my radar going forward.
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A final brief visit to their loathed father's luxury cabin high up in the Colorado mountains: twins Ryan and Jane, his best friend Sawyer, her best friend Lauren, Sawyer's new lover April. The place becomes snowbound, tension ever soaring - especially with strange creatures emerging from the forest, they positively nightmarish and very hungry....

A gripping start with neighbour Don running for his life. Dramatic moments as sundry local people are torn to shreds.

Overall, though, the novel does not satisfy. There are many reasons. That cabin break seems a most flimsy contrivance. The five main characters need far more fleshing out if we are to care what happens to them. It is never clear why the thoroughly irritating April was brought there in the first place (she rather disconcertingly known by Sawyer as "Ape").

Then there are the monsters themselves, they apparently a totally unknown species. The writer never really knows what to call them. Frequently they are referred to as "hellion" (a word I had to look up), but this means "a troublesome or mischievous child or person" - hardly appropriate for things feasting on steaming human entrails. Elsewhere they are "fiends", "demons", even "bastards". In fact they are surely never more than creatures desperate for food.

The writer strives too hard to horrify, occasionally lapsing into very purple prose. Example? "She felt the flare of tears burn the delicate tissue of her sinus cavity."

I found it over the top fun, but doubt if it is meant to be. Readers will decide for themselves whether the writer is secretly having a laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2014
Absolutely amazing book read it in 5 days will be getting more of her books hope there as good as this one .
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