The White Road Hardcover – 4 May 2017
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THE THREE is really wonderful. A cross between Michael Crichton and Shirley Jackson, hard to put down and vastly entertaining. (Stephen King on THE THREE)
Sarah Lotz is a natural born storyteller. Like the hand reaching up from the dark well, she'll drag you into her thrall. You'll come up gasping. (Lauren Beukes)
An incredibly creepy and effective standalone novel that I read through in one sitting . . . A chillingly effective and haunting tale (Sci-Fi Bulletin)
Death waits at the top of the world in this adrenaline-laced thriller from Sarah Lotz, perfect for anyone who loves the film The Descent or John Krakauer's book Into Thin Air.See all Product description
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Oh my! Where do I start? I have no idea as my mind is still lingering on this chilling and deeply unsettling story, which I absolutely loved! This story just won't let go and I find myself thinking about the characters, and what happened to them with a great sense of unease. It is one of those books that will haunt you, long after you have read the final page. It is utterly brilliant. I'll try and organise my thoughts and explain why I couldn't put this book down once I had read the first few pages.
So, at the beginning we meet Simon Newman, a man in his late twenties, an adrenaline junkie and a man who wants to help his best friend, Thierry, succeed in his dream to make his website go viral. So, it is with reluctance that Simon enters the notoriously dangerous and off limits cave, known as, Cwm Port in Wales. His only companion is a caver he has only met online. As soon as Simon meets Ed outside the cave he has reservations, and half wonders about getting back in his car and driving home, but his loyalty to his friend 'T' is fierce and so he goes into the cave. As a result of this, his life will never be the same again.
It is what happens to Simon while in the cave that is the catalyst for the rest of the story. He is the only survivor, but what happens in the darkness of the cave is his secret, and his burden alone. This part of the story is what really got to me the most, and which I found the most chilling. I could smell the dampness of the cave walls, hear the water and believed everything that Simon told me, the reader. When the footage from his headcam is uploaded to the site and goes viral, Thierry wants more, and as such a loyal friend, Simon accepts the next challenge to reach the summit of Everest. But his motives for doing so are very different to the rest of the climbers that he meets.
Simon is a complex character and, if I am honest, I never really liked him, but that didn't stop me wanting the absolute best for him. I cared for him, all because of what happened to him and Ed in the cave. Simon tells us his own personal story, we follow him into the cave, his rescue from the cave, and then his mammoth journey up Mount Everest. We are with him every step of the way and his story well and truly got under my skin.
We also have the personal accounts from Juliet, a hiker who climbed Everest many years before. We read her thoughts, her entrees from her journal while on the mountain, and just like with Simon, I felt incredibly close to her. At first it seemed that Simon's and Juliet's stories were separate, but it soon became apparent that their two stories were linked. They become entwined, which gave an even creepier edge to what was being unfurled on the page.
As I have already said, I couldn't put this book down, telling myself, just a few more pages... and then finding that I had read half the book. The way in which the caves and Everest are described took my breath away. I actually felt like I was crawling through that rat run with Simon or fighting for breath while on a mountain ridge.
This book really did leave me feeling unsettled and I can't quite put my finger on why that is so. I think it is partly due to the characters within it, they all crawled under my skin, and I am not quite able to let them go. But another, maybe more darker reason, is that I believed their stories, they felt acutely real to me, and it is the unseeing, the 'third man' that walks alongside us, that is much scarier than the dead.
The White Road is a story about ghosts, and about having that sense, that feeing, that someone is with you, walking with you. I shall never forget the last two pages. They, and the rest of the story, will stay with me for a very long time. This is a creepy book, that slowly hooked me in and it isn't quite ready to let me go.
For much of the way, Simon narrates. Few readers are likely to have ventured deep into a cave or tried to climb any mountain, let alone Everest. Simon's descriptions are so graphic, many may now feel they are doing so. From the very start horrors abound. The hazardous Welsh cave network has already claimed victims, Simon's troubles to multiply on realizing his guide is a maniac.
Readers may well emerge drained from those gruelling, gruesome events. Stamina is soon again needed when Simon, a glutton for punishment and in a bid to exorcize demons, next takes on the world's highest mountain (surely lots of frozen corpses there). Here challenges again test him to the full.
This, though, is not an adventure story. Most unsettling of all, it delves deeply into an increasingly troubled mind. Has Simon's tempting of fate unleashed dark supernatural forces? How else to account for images that now haunt? Everything becomes highly psychological, suggesting a descent into madness. What chance of Simon escaping from what now seems inevitable?
Five stars. I cannot claim to have "loved" the book, but salute here a highly gifted writer. With devastating skill, Sarah Lotz has created a thoroughly unsettling read.
The book is split into three parts. It begins with a tightly written, claustrophobic beginning telling of Simon's adventure in a cave in Wales, followed by an absorbing and exciting account of Simon's time on Everest, which is peopled with interesting secondary characters. The third section of the book, however, is a dull, depressing descent into apathy and mental issues, which drags and drags. I assumed it was going to lead to an exciting climax and some answers as to what exactly was going on in Simon's head, but instead the book just ends, as if the author decided not to bother writing the final part. I understand leaving a sense of mystery and why an author might leave a book open ended for people to make their own decisions, but it still felt like there should have been another large section on Simon's return to Everest.
Overall this book is very well written in parts, but the characters are unappealing, even Simon himself, and its lasting impression on me was dismal and irritating.
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