My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a character driven story about 4 people who end up on a journey of self discovery during a backpacking trip. There was also some suspense of murders that had happened over the years in the woods where they are camping and they unsuspectingly are right in the middle of his hunting ground and he’s watching them.
The characters are a mother and daughter and a father and son. There is a bit of a twist as the two adults had been married to people that had an affair with the other and were now married – which made their collage age kids step siblings.
Both Abby Hammond and Nathan Strom were still trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Nathan had the most demons as he had been an absentee father and husband for most of his marriage due to being a professional baseball player who when his career ended he spiraled into alcoholism and alienated his family even more. He has been sober for 3 years now but his son has never forgiven him and makes it very hard for Nathan to try and repair the damage. Abby on the outside is a pretty put together woman but on the inside she still suffers anxiety from the earthquake and the blow to her esteem by her husband’s betrayal. She never let that get in the way of her relationship with her daughter though.
These four people go through a lot of emotions out on the trails. Abby and Nathan are attracted to each other but both leery about getting involved but they have some great one on one talks that start the healing process for them both and they form a bond. The kids have been best friends for years with the son doing his best to keep it that way for fear of ruining something good. Their story doesn’t end on happy note so hopefully they will get their own book in the future.
This was more of a love story than the intense action suspense that we got in the first book but the author still keeps your attention throughout with the pain of these 4 people.