Book Review: The White Road (Sarah Lotz) @mulhollandbooks

The White Road

Anyone who knows me well knows I have some pretty hard deal breaker rules. Things that I have forbidden anyone in my life to participate in. The first is joining a motorcycle gang. I have watched Sons of Anarchy. I know this is bad news. The next one is going to space. Nothing good happens in space. The third, and very serious deal breaker I have, is Everest. Do not climb Everest.

Needless to say, this book helped to justify all my fears and terrify me to the core.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing good happens on Everest!!

The White Road, the upcoming release by Sarah Lotz follows Simon, a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, films tragic situations and creepy places for his website Journey to the Dark Side.  After an incident in a cave goes wrong, Simon begins to struggle with some PTSD; but, after the footage recovered from his time in the cave goes viral, Simon latches on to this internet fame and makes the trip to Everest. Ignoring the signs of his mental trauma and uncovering a decade old tragedy, Simon learns the truth that will change him and anyone who views his footage…forever.

From the first moments of this book, I was completely sucked in. After Simon faces his near death experience in the caves and it becomes clear that he will be going to Everest, I couldn’t stop myself from becoming entirely consumed in the text. The novel is broken down into sections. The first, narrated completely by Simon as he goes into the cave and the experiences he faces there. The second, as Simon prepares and arrives at Everest, is narrated by Simon and also by a female climber, who is writing a book based on her experiences climbing Everest.  The third section blends all the facets of the plot together.

This novel brought up so many concepts that I find chilling; the human fight for survival, the idea of the third man factor (a phenomenon people experience in life threatening scenarios where they feel a presence of someone who is not truly there either encouraging them to keep going or give up- CREEPY!), and, truly, the uncertainty of nature. There are so many moving pieces to this plot and it is truly impossible to discuss without giving away key pieces to the text, but please note, that if you are someone who likes an authentic feeling text that will unnerve you, The White Road will appeal to you.

Dark, twisty and ominous, I’m giving this one a 5-star rating. It has been days since I have finished this one and I am still thinking about it.  This book publishes tomorrow (May 30, 2017)!!

Be sure to check out Clues and Reviews tomorrow; I have the author of The White Road, Sarah Lotz, for an author Q&A!

Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy of this novel; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.



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