The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
This is a wonderful mind bender of a book; a love story that makes you think about life, love and what comes after.
Jake and Zoe Bennett go skiing in the Pyrenees early one morning and are engulfed by an avalanche. They manage to free themselves from the crushing snow and hike down to their hotel only to find it empty. There is no one at the front desk, in the kitchens, anywhere. There is no one in the town, in the shops, at the police station. They reason that there must have been an evacuation of the entire area due to the avalanche threat. Not wanting to be caught in another avalanche they try to drive, hike and walk to a neighboring town. But they always end up where they started. As Jake and Zoe explore their surroundings they come to the conclusion that they are dead. But as time goes by they start to wonder: are they really dead? Where are they? What exactly is going on?
This is a slim, descriptive tale that will keep you reading, smiling and crying until the very end. A story about love and how it truly conquers all.