CJ Tudor: The Drift


Survival can be murder . . .

Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. Evacuated from a secluded boarding school during a snowstorm, her coach careered off the road, trapping her with a handful of survivors.

Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She’s in a cable car stranded high above snowy mountains, with five strangers and no memory of how they got on board.

Carter is gazing out of the window of an isolated ski chalet that he and his companions call home. As their generator begins to waver in the storm, the threat of something lurking in the chalet’s depths looms larger.

Outside, the storm rages. Inside each group, a killer lurks.

But who?

And will anyone make it out alive? . . .


I’ve read a few of CJ Tudor’s books now, but The Drift is completely different from anything she has ever done before. It’s difficult to describe without giving away too many spoilers, but I was captivated from the very beginning by the sense of death and danger that permeates the pages. It’s definitely not for the faint hearted (which is fine by me) and the writing creates an incredibly tense atmosphere. 

There is another element to The Drift which is slightly outside my comfort zone. However, I am amazed that in her acknowledgements, the author states that she started planning this novel prior to the pandemic. The story feels very true to life and this really helped me to connect with it. 

There are a number of characters in The Drift and I must admit that it took me some time to get to grips with who was who, particularly as the novel has three different narrators who all refer to a different group of characters. However, I loved that they all have fascinating back stories that play a part in the plot and this makes them thoroughly rounded characters. 

The plotting in The Drift is absolutely wonderful. I was gripped the whole way through and I loved discovering how all the characters were connected to each other and how everything came together, with plenty of twists along the way. 

The Drift is available from Amazon.

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