A stranger staggers out of the wilderness under the cover of a blizzard and stumbles into a diner full of people. He collapses in the entryway, unzips his jacket, and allows the object hidden inside to fall out. Screaming commences.
Four old college buddies embark upon their annual elk hunting trip into the Rocky Mountains. This promises to be their last, for the passage of time is as merciless and unpredictable as the Colorado weather. And they’re not alone.
There are other hunters in the mountains, stalking game of a different breed. They know exactly what they’re doing, because they’ve been hunting in these woods for a long, long time. And no one ever survives to betray their existence.
This is a great novel! I was drawn to it by the bloody cover, and then the synopsis had me so curious that I just couldn’t pass it up, and I’m so glad I didn’t! This is a horrific gem that I recommend all to read… it’s that good!
If you haven’t figured out what it’s about yet, you will fairly quickly as you being to read the fast-paced novel. I was sucked into the pages from the very beginning, and my heart nearly beat out of my chest on many an occasion. Of course, I did read this novel on a cold evening when I was home all alone, so it may have affected me more than someone reading it at, say, Starbucks, but I believe, in the end, it’ll be just as creepy and awesome no matter where, or when, it’s read.
McBride is a master storyteller, weaving together his plotline so seamlessly that it all just makes sense. There were many times that I thought, “Oh, well, there’s a hole,” but then McBride closed it over with another great explanation and I really was just floored as I read this novel. Not that I would ever plan a trek out into the mountains for any reason, but this novel solidifies my resolve to never go on a expedition in to the unknown Rockies just for fun. Hell. No.
There is so much that I want to say about this novel, but it all involves the amazing, twisted plot, and so I feel that I cannot go any further than to say that this is a must read. I really, really enjoyed it. Five stars.
DarkFuse has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read a copy of this AWESOME novel, via Netgalley.