Trope Trial: Snowed In

Time for round #2 of this new series!

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This winter especially, I read a ton of books that had to do with the main characters being snowed in. Which is fitting since that’s usually what it feels like during Wisconsin winters…

I absolutely love this trope! I love the forced togetherness and tension it adds to each story.

In no particular order:

1. Credence by Penelope Douglas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


A large part of this plot revolves around this family being snowed in for the entire winter. The main characters live on a mountain in Colorado and once it snows, they are stuck there until spring. I loved the tension it created – it really worked for this taboo romance!

I’ve said it a million times but this book won’t be for everyone so I highly recommend checking out my full review if you’re considering picking this up!

2. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lepena ⭐⭐⭐⭐


This is another semi-polarizing book. But personally I thought it was a really well written, classic feeling mystery! This is about a group of strangers who are all stranded at an inn during a massive snowstorm. When one of the guests turns up dead, everyone is a suspect and tension quickly rises. This book is slow moving and not super twisty. But I loved the character dynamics and that final twist had me screaming. Overall this was really atmospheric, solid mystery.

3. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


One of my new favorite books of all time!! Shea Ernshaw’s writing is so captivating and pulled me into this snowy setting. Just like her previous book, this story is extremely atmospheric. I felt winter while reading this. This also has another one of my favorite specific tropes of a book inside of a book! It’s been 2 weeks since I read this and I’m still struggling to concisely describe why I loved this book as much as I did.

4. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley ⭐⭐⭐.5


This is another classic-esque mystery! It follows a group of college friends who go to the Scottish highlands for New Years Eve. When a massive snow storm hits and someone shows up dead, years of secrets and resentment surface. This was a solid mystery but I read this last year the details are definitely a little foggy.

5. Dead Voices (Small Spaces #3) by Katherine Arden ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


I LOVED this middle grade story! This is the sequel to Small Spaces which I really enjoyed – and in my opinion, this is even better! It’s dark, spooky, and for middle grade, scared the crap outta me. The kids and their parents get invited to an exclusive snow lodge and become trapped there during a major snow storm. When the parents go to sleep, the kids once again face off with The Smiling Man. Can’t recommend this series enough!

Bonus – The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) by Maureen Johnson ⭐⭐⭐.5


This is the final book in the Truly Devious trilogy and I really enjoyed this conclusion! A massive snow storm hits Ellingham Academy the students are evacuated. But Stevie and her friends find a way to stay on the mountain. Stevie uses the time to finish unraveling the Truly Devious murder.

This wasn’t my favorite book of the series but I thought it was really satisfying conclusion. I loved the way everything wrapped up and tied together.

Have you read in snowy books recently?


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