An ex of mine always read Gerritsen, a former physician turned thriller author, on airplanes. After breezing through this in a few hours, I can see why.
There is a true tension to the plot of this book, when straight-laced medical examiner Maura Isles decides to be spontaneous at a medical conference in Wyoming. Her whim is to agree to accompany an old college friend on an overnight trip to a ski lodge with his teen daughter and some friends.
Things get bad when the group get turned around and crash on a mountain road in the middle of a snowstorm but they get even worse when they find a small settlement, created by a religious cult, that appears to have been abandoned in the middle of a day, for no reason.
The story skips between Maura trying to figure out what is happening around her and her friend, a Boston cop named Jane Rizzoli, trying to figure out what happened to Maura.
There are enough twists and hints to keep it entertaining and sufficient death and mayhem to keep the adrenaline going. It's hard to put down, and the ideal read when you have a few hours to kill.