Author: S.A. Harian
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 33 minutes
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Read Start Date: January 19, 2023
Read Finish Date: January 22, 2023
Number of Book in Series: 1
Brief Summary of the Plot from Goodreads: For Dr. Siena Dupont and her ambitious team, the Alpenglow glacier expedition is a career-defining opportunity. But thirty miles into the desolate Deadswitch Wilderness, they discover a missing hiker dangling from a tree, and their satellite phone fails to call out.
Then the body vanishes without a trace.
The disappearance isn’t the only chilling anomaly. Siena’s map no longer aligns with the trail. The glacier they were supposed to study has inexplicably melted. Strange foliage overruns the mountainside, and a tunnel within a tree hollow lures Siena to a hidden cabin, and a stranger with a sinister message…
Holden Sharpe’s IT job offers little distraction from his wasted potential until he stumbles upon a decommissioned hard drive and an old audio file. Trapped on a mountain, Dr. Siena Dupont recounts an expedition in chaos and the bloody death of a colleague.
Entranced by the mystery, Holden searches for answers to Siena’s fate. But he is unprepared for the truth that will draw him to the outskirts of Deadswitch Wilderness—a place teeming with unfathomable nightmares and impossibilities.
My Review: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank God there is a sequel to this book planned because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!
Dr. Siena Dupont leads a team into the Deadswitch Wilderness to research the Alpenglow glacier. When they get there, though, the glacier is inexplicably gone. How can a glacier melt entirely within a few days? But that isn’t the only strange thing. Time seems to pass differently in this part of the forest, with saplings turning to full-grown trees in a matter of days.
Then they find a dead body in a tree that Siena and Cam swear is a hiker that went missing in the wilderness 7 years ago. But how can it be her? The body is a body, not a skeleton.
It’s almost as if an alternate reality, where time passes differently, was bleeding into the Deadswitch Wilderness and causing all these weird anomalies. Would Siena and her team make it out before it was too late?
I listened to this book as an audiobook and got through it in about 3 days. I wanted to find out what was happening. A nail-biter from the beginning, this book was fast-paced and super engaging. This book had it all: mystery, thrills, horror, and an overall creepiness factor. The tension never quit! I love that in a book. It’s not so often that I am so enthralled with a book; it was disappointing to put it down.
Even though the book was plot-driven, the author also developed the characters well, which doesn’t always happen in plot-driven books.
This book deserved every one of its 5 stars, and I can’t wait until the next book.
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