I haven’t read a novel where I really wanted to the slap the main character in years. But Don’t Let In the Cold is that kind of book.
Lottie is a troubled seventeen-year-old who is tasked with watching her brand new fifteen-year-old stepsister Jade for one night in an isolated cabin in Lake Tahoe. Their parents leave for a brief honeymoon and Lottie then makes every bad decision imaginable.
Speaking as a Los Angeles native, absolutely no city girl would open a front door at night to strangers. No one. And that is just the start of Lottie’s mistakes. I got to the point of laughing when she and Jade ran out yet again into the blizzard (because, of course, there is a blizzard!) after finally finding a safe harbor.
The entire plot of Don’t Let In the Cold was frustrating like that. Ugh! Hopefully, the teen to whom this is marketed doesn’t emulate Lottie’s stupidity. 2 stars.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.