What I Loved: The authors descriptions and knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula, the wilderness, hiking, and the American Indians set up a beautiful pictures for me. Charlie Sheldon clearly has a strong and detailed knowledge on a variety of subjects, these included. His writing of these things was a positive in this book.
How I Felt: I did not feel like I was able to get to know the characters. Most of the book is written as dialog, making if feel like a script instead of a book. This led to a disconnect between the characters and I. I could only ever guess at their emotions or inner thoughts, as they were not described in the book. This was such a huge negative for me. There was also a lot of repetition in the story and I get really frustrated with that. If the book told me something earlier in the story, a second reference to remind me makes sense, but more than that makes me think there should have been more editing involved. I had to put this book down multiple times and pick it back up later, as I really wanted to finish it.
To Read or Not To Read: I hate giving a book a less than 3 rating because my star rating may not be your star rating. Take a look at the synopsis below, and if it sounds interesting, give it a try! There’s a book for every person, this one was just not for me.
As Tom Olsen prepares for his hike into Washington’s wilderness, Sarah Cooley, a 13 year old girl knocks on his door. She tells him she is his granddaughter and she seems to be having visions of his upcoming hike. Tom offers to take her on the trek instead of cancelling his trip. During the trip Sarah goes missing for over a week, creating some thriller and mystery to the story.
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