Okay, to be fair here, I only read the sample at Barnes and Noble. It is entirely possible that this story improves later on, I don't know. But frankly I don't want to spend the money to find out.
Mark is having nightmares about a terrible avalanche that wake him up screaming at night. In the dream his friend Kurt is caught in the avalanche, but in reality the horrible avalanche that traumatized him killed a guy name Ulf or something who apparently was trying to kill some other guy. I guess this is part of a series (although this was not obvious on Barnes and Noble, always check Goodreads first, folks!), but frankly Ulf sounded like he deserved it. I know almost nothing about skiing and even I know you're not supposed to make loud noises when there's avalanche danger. So basically Ulf killed himself while he was trying to kill other people. What a dumbass.
The problem that I had with this story, however, is that I just couldn't care about Mark by the end of the sample. At first I did care about him, the way the dream was written it sounded like Mark was a ski guide trying to save skiers, in real life. When it turned out to be a dream the scene lost all tension and urgency. Upon finding out that Mark in fact hadn't lost a friend, that the guy who really died was an asshole who brought it down on himself, I lost quite a lot of sympathy as well. In the end I just didn't have any connection with the characters. This might be partly because I hopped in mid-series, but frankly a good author should be able to attract new readers mid-series. I do not want to go back and buy four books for the emotional payoff that this
One star, the premise of the book interested me, but the actual sample that I read did not. Too bad, the cover on Barnes and Noble is rather attractive.