Two years ago, on a trip to Seattle to visit her brother Aidan, fifteen-year-old Scarlett vanished into thin air. After years of false leads and dead ends, Aidan has almost given up hope. But then a woman sees a girl running for her life across a forest clearing in Northern California. She is convinced the girl is the missing Scarlett. But could it really be her?
Heading south, Aidan finds a fire-ravaged town covered in missing-teenager posters. The locals seem afraid, the sheriff won’t answer any questions and it looks like another dead end – until a chance meeting with returned local Lana gives Aidan his first clue. But as they piece together what happened, Lana and Aidan make deadly enemies. Enemies willing to do anything to silence them – and to protect the terrible truth about what is really going on in the forest…
I have always enjoyed Mark Edwards’ books and couldn’t resist getting this one despite my current issues with my extra slow reading. This was different from the usual reads by the author though. I have come to expect creepy, captivating, atmospheric stories from him but this leaned more towards action.
The story begins with a lot of suspense that immediately drew me in. An old woman is on a train going through a forest when she sees a young woman being chased. What is even more shocking is that she recognizes the woman who is a familiar face from a missing persons poster.
After the suspense of the first chapters, the story however takes a turn that I wasn’t expecting and wasn’t really a fan of as I don’t really like action-packed reads and this one had quite a number of guns going off. If you don’t mind a bit of action, then you’ll certainly enjoy this book. It had quite a number of twists and as always, Mark’s writing is fantastic.