Summary (from Goodreads):
“The newest thriller from Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author
When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.
The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.
The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.”
First to warn you, I don’t want to discuss the plot too much because it runs the risk of ruining it and you don’t want any aspect of this book to be ruined.
I absolutely loved this book. I read it over the course of my vacation and it was the best/worst decision I could’ve made. I didn’t have much free time for reading and it was so hard to walk away from these characters and plot (even though I had a great time).
So I would advise you to learn from my mistake and read this when you have time to read it all in one gulp, because that’s what you’ll want to do.
Like all of his books, this novel is completely intense and the last hundred pages especially are impossible to put down (that’s when I finally basically told Jen to do whatever she wanted to do and that I couldn’t do anything until I was done).
The easy comparison to this book is to The Client, but it’s a lot better. (No offense to The Client, which I enjoyed when I read it.) I think the main reason this book completely surpasses that one is the characters. I liked Mark Sway but I love Jace. Everything about him is believable, including the fact that he’s so obviously a kid who’s way, WAY out of his depth.
But I love everyone—Ethan and Allison and Hannah and all the characters you’ll meet here. Even the Blackwell brothers, who are the creepiest killers since Anton in No Country For Old Men—they’re unlike anyone I’ve ever seen and I guarantee they’ll give you chills, too.
Highly, highly recommended.