Wednesday 28 September 2022

The Hike by Susi Holliday BLOG TOUR @SJIHolliday #TheHike @AmazonPub @RandomTTours #BookReview


Four hikers enter the mountains. Only two return. But is it tragedy? Or treachery?

When sisters Cat and Ginny travel with their husbands to the idyllic Swiss Alps for a hiking holiday, it’s not just a chance to take in the stunning scenery. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with each other after years of drifting apart―and patch up marriages that are straining at the seams.

As they head into the mountains, morale is high, but as the terrain turns treacherous, cracks in the relationships start to show. With worrying signs that someone might be following them, the sun begins to set and exhaustion kicks in. Suddenly, lost high on a terrifying ridge, tensions spill over―with disastrous consequences.

When only two of the four hikers make it down from the mountain, the police press them for their story―but soon become suspicious when their accounts just don’t add up.

What really happened up on that ridge? Who are the survivors? And what secrets are they trying to hide?

The Hike by Susi Holliday is published on 1 October 2022 by Thomas & Mercer. My thanks to the author who sent my copy for review as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour. 

Anyone who has followed my reviews for a while will know that I'm a huge fan of Susi Holliday. I began reading her back in 2015 when she wrote the Banktoun trilogy, I read everything she published with Orenda and am still with her for her Thomas & Mercer published novels. I love her style, her quirky telling, her exotic locations and her narrative. 

The Hike finds us in the Swiss Alps, the story begins when two hikers, one male, one female appear at the door of a small local police station. Battered and bloody and obviously in shock, they are there to report that the remaining two of their party are missing in the mountains. 

The reader is taken back a day or so, as the four hikers; sisters Cat and Ginny and their respective husbands, Paul and Tristan plan to do a five hour hike in the mountains before returning to their hotel for cocktails and a hot tub. The trip, and the hike, has been meticulously planned by Cat and Tristan, which Ginny and Paul do find a little strange, as they've never really got on before. 

In fact, none of them really get on with each other. There's a real spark of hate and distrust that flashes throughout the group, often covered by fake smiles and a little compassion, but more often than not, revealing itself in pointed remarks and insults, especially between the two sisters. Not one of these people are likeable, but they are all very well drawn. I'm fond of the obnoxious character and often think that they are far more interesting than the nice guys out there .... well, in fiction anyway! 

It becomes clear that Cat has a 'plan', and things quickly begin to get quite shocking, with arguments and violence and nasty 'accidents', until there are just two left. But which two is it? Which man and woman made it back to the police station and how are they going to explain exactly what's happened?

Interwoven throughout the tale is short spurts of narrative from an unknown person, this adds a great deal of suspense and tension to the story. Who is following them? Why are they being followed? What does this mystery person know, or want?

Susi Holliday takes her readers on an exhausting hike, there are twists that I anticipated, but didn't happen and things that I never imagined that just seemed to come from nowhere. Trust me, don't ever think you've worked this one out, because if you do, I'll be very very surprised. 

The mountain setting was vividly described; the isolation, the treachery of the mountainside paths, the obstacles, the forests, the snapping twigs, all add depth and tension to this fast moving and surprising story.

A great read,  both my husband and myself enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the next book Ms Holliday! 

Susi (S.J.I.) Holliday is the bestselling Scottish author of 10 novels, a novella and many short

By day she works in pharmaceuticals. 

She lives in London (except when she's in Edinburgh) and she loves to travel the world.

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