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The Hike: The Sunday Times bestseller and brand new crime thriller novel for 2023 from the author of One of the Girls

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Once they get going it is clear they weren’t truly prepared and this mountain hike might just be more than they bargained for. The group’s annual holidays usually involve beaches and resorts so no one other than Liz – who’s choice it was – is particularly enthralled with the idea of the hike, but all go along with it. She's married to a professional windsurfer and, together with their two children, they spend their winters travelling and their summers at home by the sea.

An edge-of-your seat thriller where the sense of menace ratchets higher with every step along the hiking path. I’ve read thrillers like this where the only real reason I continue with the book is that I want to find out the resolution.So, when she plans a vacation with her three best friends, she persuades them to spend four nights camping in the stunning mountains of Norway. It's crazy we're finally on the actual hike and we're still barely focusing on it and spending pages going on and on about so many insignificant boring details and their back stories. Lucy's seventh novel, ONE OF THE GIRLS, is 'an electric, sun-soaked thriller', released in May 2022. Sisters Cat and Ginny are going on a hiking trip with their husbands in the Swiss Alps over a weekend. Yet with Magary, getting lost means being chased by dog-faced murderers, crashing into an iceberg, almost getting eaten by a giant, and being forced to build a castle for the undead.

I did not listen to the audiobook, and the male narrator appears to either be a debut artist or using a pseudonym, but the female narrator (Stephanie Racine) is a favorite of mine, so if you enjoy reading with your ear balls I highly recommend giving it a try and reporting back. In an interview, the author shared how she had been on a hike in Norway, when she started to think about writing this novel. It's a beautifully written novel with thoughtful characters, crunchy descriptions, and crisp action. Holliday is relying on the hope that even though readers may not be sad to see someone killed off, we’ll still want to know how it all ends, and who gets their comeuppance.The first quarter is slow moving as we get to know our group of friends who are hiking together, but if you can be patient, once that backstory is laid (and this part is arguably important) the real action begins and doesn’t let up until the very last page. They decide to fly to Norway to go hiking in the beautiful and possibly dangerous mountains for four carefree days to escape their everyday mundane routines and life problems while also catching up with one another's lives including babies, husbands careers and also some regrettable life choices over the years. That wasn't so much the issue, but the name "Leif" being pronounced "life" instead of "lay-f" annoyed the hell out of me. I picked up The Hike on a whim, in the mood for a thriller, and I got hooked from the start, pulled into the story and unable to put it down until I reached the end.

With Nordic folklore touches and a friendship group holding onto guilt and secrets, it was no surprise to me that The Hike was an instant, could-put-down win for me. Wanted to get this one off while it was fresh in my mind and before I passed out from the meat sweats. This is a challenge and a half for these friends but Liz is hoping the challenge will help her forget about her worries at home. I’ve never been so sure of my not being a rugged, outdoor kinda gal as I was while reading this book. Leaving behind their everyday lives, four friends hike out into the beautiful Norwegian wild – nothing between them and the mountain peak but forest, sea and sharp blue sky.Ben ends up running away, stumbling upon a campsite among the trees, and suddenly he is in his twenties again, staring into the face of his old college girlfriend. I might suggest the audiobook if “weird” doesn’t always work for you, that format is usually easier for me too when it comes to these kinds of books. Liz, in particular, is determined to get them all out on the hike despite knowing the difficulties they may face. We also learn that Ginny swindled Cat out of money, effectively cutting her out of their parents’ will right before they died.

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