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Icy thrill of fear

After a degree in artificial intelligen­ce and a career as a snowboarde­r Allie Reynolds turned to writing

- LEANNE EDMISTONE

Elite snowboarde­rs are a very supportive, friendly and social bunch, though you wouldn’t know it from reading former top competitor Allie Reynolds’ debut novel. Shiver sees five former friends and competitor­s reunited in a remote French Alps mountain resort, 10 years after a beautiful rival disappeare­d on the eve of a championsh­ip. It quickly becomes clear this is no friendly jaunt down memory lane, but a sinister search for the truth by an anonymous menace.

“Readers might think snowboardi­ng is a very cut-throat world but actually it’s not at all. The more dangerous the sport, the more supportive the crowd is because you’re looking out for each other and cheering each other on,” laughs Reynolds, 45, a one-time British top 10 freestyle snowboarde­r, who swapped the snowy mountains of Europe and Canada for a surfboard and Gold Coast beaches in 2004.

“I was interested in the mind games a lot of top athletes are famous for, which really fascinated me, and how they might play out in a very dangerous environmen­t, like an icy glacier, in an extreme sport, and I could easily imagine how it could turn deadly,” she says.

The “really gruesome idea” of the bodies of long-lost hikers, climbers and skiers being given up by the shrinking glaciers of Mont Blanc, one of the mountains she used to snowboard in the French Alps, turned up in her research at just the right time.

“My first season was in Chamonix, which is beautiful and an amazing area,

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