I have been looking forward to this book for some time. Good mystery/thriller books like this aren’t easy to be found, so I was excited. And the book didn’t disappoint, however, there was also enough that wasn’t all to right. The blurb for instance makes things seem more suspenseful, but actually a lot of the more exciting things don’t happen until near the end (and this also include dead bodies, this is not a spoiler. Just a warning. If you expect the book to be filled with murder and death and blood, then stay away from the this book. This one is mostly suspenseful and near the end, then things start to go wrong. Until that time it is just a cat/mouse game, more psychological than murder and death.).
I didn’t particularly like Callie. At times she was a great character, but at other times I was just annoyed with how she thought.
And sure, I can somehow, vaguely imagine why it was added. So that the group would fall apart, to create more tension in what already is a tension-filled book. But it was just silly and it made me hate Callie so much. Also her total obliviousness to a lot of things.
But, like I said. I also liked her. I liked that even though she didn’t like camping or outdoorsy stuff, she went with her friends and tried it out. I liked that she took a huge book with her and that she even read it at times. I know the feeling of just having to bring a big book with you, even though it means you will have to lug it around.
At times she was really strong, and I didn’t mind her talking about her blisters or her feet that much. It made it seem more real, and I could just imagine her sitting or walking, trying to continue, but knowing that it will hurt so much.
The other characters, Lissa, Penelope, Jeremy were good characters, though they all had their good and bad sides. Lissa was all bitchy and acted like the queen bee, Penelope was a bit strange/cold at times, Jeremy, well, at times I liked him. He was sporty but also brainy, and I felt sorry for him (see above spoiler for why). But at other times I was angry with him. For being so rude.
Ted was really interesting, he brought with him an extra factor. Could we as reader, but also could the team, trust him? Was he really leading them to a cabin? Or was he leading them to certain death? I was really interested in him and I wanted to find out more and more.
The book was really suspenseful and I tried to pace myself, some books you just don’t want to read in one setting. This is one of them. At times I was really creeped out, at times I just wanted to cheer for our characters, bringing them some strength in a time like this. I do wonder though, they were all about the preparations, but why didn’t they just put the stuff in containers to keep them from getting wet/cracked/broken/etc.? I just found it highly stupid, but yeah, I guess if they were prepared the book would have been pretty boring and over faster than you can say: Boo! Still I wish that it was like this.
In-between the normal chapters we also have the chapters of the creepy girl/boy who did several things. Slowly, but very surely, these chapters become creepier and creepier and at times just disturbing. But, I like that they were added, they gave the book extra creepiness and I appreciate that.
The actual whodunnit? I had some candidates, and I really enjoyed puzzling things out. Was it one from the team? Was it an outsider? Was it the stranger that joined the team? Slowly, but surely you find out little things, but you are also thrown off course by the author who made sure to make everyone seem a suspect. It was really addicted and a lot of fun.
And the actual person, the actual crazy one? I loved it, it was a great twist (though I had my suspicions) and it made the book even more creepy. That person? They did it? Wow!
That last part of the book (before the ending) was frightening and awesome. I was just stuck in the book, couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what would happen. Wow, wow and more wow.
The ending was decent. I didn’t entirely like how
Penelope’s last letters/diary pages were disturbing and I feel sorry for people around her, one day she will be free, one day she will roam around again. I do hope that the doctors will spot this before things go wrong. Otherwise I can just say this, say bye bye to a lot of people.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes, and more yes. I can’t wait for this one to come out in paperback so I can add it to my collection. I do hope they will keep the cover or make an even creepier one.