The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
Wolf wakes up on the anniversary of his best friend’s tragic accident on the mountain they loved and decides it is the day he will end it all at their favorite wilderness retreat. He consciously chooses to leave his well-stocked backpack behind when he leaves his apartment that day. That moment, that choice, will haunt him for the five days to come while he and three others are stuck on the mountain. They can see the lights of Palm Springs in the distance, but stuck on a ridge off-trail rescue seems unlikely. These four will need to conserve their meager resources, use their wits and do whatever it takes to save themselves.
This novel is a study in what can go wrong in an instant despite knowing the risks and challenges of a hostile environment. Sometimes things go very wrong. The unlikely quartet stranded together on the mountain perfectly illustrates the differing ways people handles crises and how anyone has it in them to be a selfless hero. The story will hold the record for most amazing rescue ever in my book for years to come.
Fans of Into the Wild and unprepared survivor stories will find a lot to enjoy. Anyone who enjoys walking in the woods should read this book to remind them that being close to civilization doesn’t mean a thing when you are lost and to prepare accordingly every time you take to the trail. This book is released on May 7th– so place your holds now!