Synopsis from Hachette Book Group:
In this terrifying novel from “the master of the psychological thriller” and the bestselling author of Baby Teeth (Entertainment Weekly), three friends set off on a hike into the Grand Canyon—only to discover it’s not so easy to leave the world behind.
It was supposed to be the perfect week away . . .
Imogen and Beck, two sisters who couldn’t be more different, have been friends with Tilda since high school. Once inseparable, over two decades the women have grown apart. But after Imogen survives a traumatic attack, Beck suggests they all reunite to hike deep into the Grand Canyon’s backcountry. A week away, secluded in nature . . . surely it’s just what they need.
But as the terrain grows tougher, tensions from their shared past bubble up. And when supplies begin to disappear, it becomes clear secrets aren’t the only thing they’re being stalked by. As friendship and survival collide with an unspeakable evil, Getaway becomes another riveting thriller from a growing master of suspense and “a literary horror writer on the rise” (BookPage).
About: Getaway is a mystery thriller written by Zoje Stage. It will be published on 8/17/2021 by Mulholland Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, horror, and fiction. The author have published two other books Baby Teeth and Wonderland that I was fortunate to have read and loved. According to the publisher’s website, “Mulholland Books is simple: to publish books you can’t stop reading. Whatever their form—crime novels, thrillers, police procedurals, spy stories, even supernatural suspense—the promise of a Mulholland Book is that you’ll read it leaning forward, hungry for the next word.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Getaway on 5/21/2021 and finished it on 6/14/2021. (I was out of town for a week and experienced an unexpected reading slump). Backpacking and hiking used to be big years ago. I heard about it but have never done. I’m excited to have read about it in this book. I have never visited the Grand Canyon so I’m in awe at the descriptions of the view. The hike at some part sounded scary. I wouldn’t want to be talked into going across “a window’s ledge” size where it fitted the width of a foot. It’s definitely a challenge hiking and backpacking. It’s neat to see what to bring to a backpacking trip and how life is reduced to just survival and basic living out there. I would love to do basic living for a week without worry. The story however, felt like a hike for me, slow going. I don’t agree with how Imogen do things especially with what happened to her in the past. I do like the discussions about life and how little mistakes lead to different paths. The discussion on the different kinds of smarts is good, like book smart vs observation skills.
This book started with a prologue recounted what Imogen, 34, Writer, went through as she headed to a synagogue the morning of the shooting like she normally did. She heard the shots rang out before she entered the building where later many of her friends got killed. Then the story began, with Imogen preparing to go backpacking in the Grand Canyon with her sister Beck, 36, General Practitioner and oldest friend Tilda, 36, Singer/Influencer/Writer. Beck planned the trip for them as a way to celebrate their 20 years friendship. It’s a chance for Imogen to get out of the house since the shooting. It’s also a chance for Imogen and Tilda to reconcile “the Thing” that caused their broken friendship. The hike at Hermit Trail is one that Imogen and Beck had experienced with their family when they were teenagers, however, it’s Tilda’s first time. There’s an epilogue at the end. The author has a small video of how this book originated from on her Twitter’s account.
Getaway was well written. Besides the hike back and forth, the murder was spur of the moment so it wasn’t so thrilling to read for me. I liked the diversity in this book. It’s good to bring to light about people judging people by their skin colors, hair colors, religion, and nationality. The automatic thinking that Tilda was Mexican and therefore was born in Mexico and speak Spanish should be corrected. My son was born in US and his only language is English so I would hate it if he has to explain that he wasn’t really Asian and he doesn’t speak another language. In this case, I understand Tilda’s character and I appreciate the author for bringing up this point. The friendship was good and I liked their attempts at fixing it.
I rate it 4 stars!
Tag Lines: hiking, backpacking, Grand Canyon, friendship, LGBT, diversity
About the Author:
Zoje Stage is a former filmmaker with a penchant for the dark and suspenseful. Her debut novel Baby Teeth was published in 2018. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://zojestage.blogspot.com and Twitter @zooshka (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Little Brown‘s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Mulholland Books and Little Brown Books for the opportunity to read and review. Love the surprise influencer package! Please be assured that my opinions are honest.