So, yeah, The Silent Land. It's got a great cover. What you can't see is that there's a tissue cover over the book, and only the black letters and images are on that tissue, with everything else behind it. Beautiful and unsettling.
Which, I think, is what the book is supposed to be, but didn't work out that way for me. The Silent Land is about Jake and Zoe, a young married couple is on a ski holiday in France. They go out early one morning to beat the rush and get caught in an avalanche. When they emerge from the avalanche, they find that everyone else in the resort and nearby town has disappeared--and they themselves cannot leave the area.
Part supernatural, part allegory. I love the idea; I liked some of the writing--although I don't consider myself claustrophobic, the scene where Zoe tries to figure out how to dig herself out of the snow she's been buried in did make me a little twitchy. But ultimately, this whole book rests on the relationship between Jake and Zoe, and I didn't really care about them. That's a problem.
Also problematic were the plot twists that I saw coming a mile away. I kept reading in the hopes that there would be something that would pull this all together for me, but alas, that was not to be.
Pretty cover, though.