Alex Riley is a newly hired police officer who arrives in Whittier, Alaska, during the worst storm anyone has ever seen. His wife, Jess, and daughter, Hayley, are also relocated with Alex. With the temperature rapidly dropping, they quickly move some of their belongings into Begich Towers, a huge fourteen-story high-rise. They are just in time to lose cell phone reception and electricity.
Whittier, being a very lonely and rather small town, doesn’t require a large police force. It’s downfall is that several officers live on the other side of the tunnel that provides access into town. Also, living on a bay means occasional flooding, and this is one of those times. The tunnel is closed and water engulfs the small town. Alex doesn’t expect to be working just yet, but he is asked to come immediately, since several officers have lost access into Whittier.
The apartment across from Alex’s new home has crime scene tape across the door. Before Alex leaves, he asks the apartment manager, Kip, about it. Apparently, there was an altercation over drugs and the tenant was killed. Unfortunately, the big secret is the drugs are worth millions and hidden in the Towers. With the weather so brutal, the tenants are stranded and so is Alex and his family. Soon, everyone will be locked in the Towers with drug lord Cayden and his men, who will use whatever means necessary to locate their drug stash.
This is a rather simplified story. I had expected more interaction between the characters, who I found to be rather interesting. Also, there is a second theme playing through this book. The author brings up several times his thoughts on climate change, global warming and humanity’s responsibility to improve that issue. I agree we have the responsibility, but I felt that people in crisis probably aren’t focused on it.
- Genre and general reading age – Suspense for anyone who finds fighting for your life in a blizzard interesting.
- Level of sexuality – None or low, depending on your viewpoint.
- Is there graphic language? Not much.
- Did I cry? No.
- Did I laugh? No.
- Is this part of a series? No.
- Level of character development – Not enough.
I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars.