Adrenaline-junky Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he’s met online. But Simon gets more than he bargained for when the expedition goes horribly wrong. Simon emerges, the only survivor, after a rainstorm trap the two in the cave. Simon thinks he’s had a lucky escape. But his video of his near-death experience has just gone viral. Suddenly Simon finds himself more famous than he could ever have imagined. Now he’s faced with an impossible task: he’s got to defy death once again, and film the entire thing. The whole world will be watching. There’s only on place on earth for him to pit himself against the elements: Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. But Everest is also one of the deadliest spots on the planet. Two hundred and eighty people have died trying to reach its peak. And Simon’s luck is about to run out.
“Who is the third who walks beside you?”
Deeply unnerving and very creepy. Sarah Lotz is the queen of creating atmosphere and tension in her books and ‘The White Road’ is no exception. You can feel your chest tighten in small, rock tunnels, feel the sharpness of ice cold water lapping around your legs, feel your breath stop with the coldness of Everest and you can feel something behind you, dogging your every step.
We’re not supposed to like the main character Simon, well I don’t think we are anyway! He’s a bit of a waster, seeking thrills and exploiting tragedy for the website he and his friend run ‘Journey To The Dark Side’. But after his experience in the Cwm Pot tunnels, you do start to warm towards him.
There was an unexpected twist for me half way through the book which I loved, the penny suddenly dropped in my brain and it added a whole new dimension to the tale and to Simon’s exploits on Everest. I can’t really say too much from fear of giving away the plot, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It sent shivers up my spine and despite reading it in the sunshine it made me feel cold thanks to some terrific writing. And what an ending! Another jaw-dropping conclusion from Sarah Lotz.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS
Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.
‘The White Road’ is published in hardback on the 4th of May by Hodder. With thanks to Olivia and Nicole at Hodder for my copy
If ‘The White Road’ piques your interest then you should try the two previous novels by Sarah Lotz – ‘The Three’ and ‘Day Four’