Wow! It's been a while since I read a book in one day. Thank you to the author for this advanced readers copy to read and review. This book releases October 20th, 2020.
This story follows Margo and Nick, two completely different people, who are fighting to survive in the wild after a train accident. Margo is in the last month of her pregnancy when an avalanche comes tumbling towards her train. She's the only one who listens to former Army Ranger Nick Elliot and moves to the back of the train. Over the following days, both are fighting to survive while their many secrets cause tension and stress between the two.
Right from the beginning, you are put right into the action. I was on the edge of my seat through so much of this book and Margo's fears were mine. I was constantly wondering if her, the baby, and Nick would survive. Between the weather, lack of food, water, shelter and the wild animals I could see o happy ending in sight. My mind was constantly worried for them and what would happen if she went into labor. I kept imagining myself in Margo's shoes which instantly brought the story closer to my heart.
Margo is an incredibly strong willed woman. She's constantly at war with herself trying to do what she thinks is best, find a way to get rescued. This does not always work out to her benefit as she's just trying to survive with no survivalist training. She has to rely on a complete stranger who is very closed off and unpredictable. I honestly couldn't say what I would have done in her situation except panic, which she does a great job of trying to avoid.
As a Washingtonian myself, I was thrilled to see the main character was from Spokane, just a few hours from my hometown. I've also been in Montana and so picturing the mountains, the amount of snow and wild animals really brought the story to life. As a reader not familiar with the area, you'll still get the imagery of the surrounding lands and terrors she describes.
This is an amazing psychological thriller that might just deter you from taking a train ride in the middle of winter.