This was a fun and twisty mystery/thriller set on the West Coast Trail in Canada. Maise lives an unhappy life in the UK. She plans a trip to hike in Canada, but her friend flakes on her. Maise goes anyway, and while waiting to board the bus to the trail, she meets brother and sister Ric and Sera. They instantly click and decide to hike the trail together. The first couple of days go well with lots of fun antics, but then things go bad. Really bad. Twenty-five years later a woman named Laura is shook when she hears a body was found near the trail and police suspect it’s Sera. Laura is afraid the secret she’s been keeping will come out, and odd things start happening making Laura suspect someone is determined to make her spill her secrets.
The book is told in two timelines – Maise on the hike in 1999 and Laura hearing about the body 25 years later. The author does a great job developing Maise as a meek woman who feels like she has no control over her life. As she interacts with Sera and Ric, her eyes are opened to the possibility that she can make changes in her life. Of course, you can tell that something is up with Sera and Ric, and Maise’s naivete makes her the perfect mark for whatever their game is. We don’t find out what is going on between the two until late into the book, and of course we don’t get the full story of those 3 days in Canada until the very end.
This is a quick and fast read. While a lot of the story is predictable, I still enjoyed reading how the author pulled it all off. Toward the end of the book I felt like there was perhaps one twist too many that was over the top and not needed, but overall it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. If you like dual timelines, outside settings and unreliable narrators, this is the perfect book for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Love Book Tours and Canelo. All opinions are my own.