Author: Shelter Somerset
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: SelfPubBookCovers.com/FrinaArt
Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/25/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Backpacking in California’s Laguna Mountains to repair their troubled ten-year relationship, Owen Underwood and Dwayne Bosco never imagined their four-day “therapeutic excursion” would turn into twelve days of terror. Stalked by a ferocious, unwavering mountain lion, they find refuge the only place they can—on the roof of a boarded-up miner’s cabin. To stay alive they must keep the fierce, hungry predator from reaching them.
As the hours stretch into days, hope for rescue fades. Dwindling provisions and exposure begin to eat away at their bodies and minds. Their new hell makes their carefree college days where they first met at a fraternity party seem light years away. With each escape plan falling apart, their only deliverance might come with death. Yet even as they face their demise, they wonder if they can find the love they once had for each other to at least utter a final good-bye.
Dwayne and Owen are taking a ‘therapeutic’ trip into the wilderness, a last ditch attempt to save their long-term relationship. This places them straight in the path of a huge mountain lion who decides they look tasty. Most of the action takes place on the roof of a mountain cabin, as Dwayne and Owen fend off the determined mountain lion, and snap at each other. While we get flashbacks to far happier times for the couple, their present day relationship is not a pleasant one to witness.
With a limited stage for the two characters, the roof of an isolated cabin for the most part, action is also necessarily limited. The author also spares no details in terms of what it is like to be trapped without sufficient food and water, and doesn’t gloss over the unpleasantness of the situation. The author manages to really ratchet up the tension in places, and full marks for the realism of the experience. However, for me it would have been nice to have something to break up this novel, some humor perhaps, even very black humor would have been welcome. Or perhaps some growth in understanding between the two characters at this point? No, I certainly didn’t expect them to sit around and talk about their feelings, but the author is clearly skilful enough to have delivered some subtle suggestions about a change in their relationship while trapped.
Even at the end, when I thought things would pick up nicely, I found there was too much information and trying to cover too many details.
I must admit to being torn about this novel. On one hand the theme is right up my alley (I loved Jaws, the movie and the book), and I have a weakness for horror/adventure stories where ‘the guys’ end up in the wilderness fighting off some natural, or unnatural, predator. On the other hand, I thought this novel didn’t deliver as well as it could have done.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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