The Hiking Trip – ARC Book Review

The Hiking Trip, by Jenny Blackhurst

Date published:- will be published on 12th January 2023

Publisher:- Canelo

No. of pages:- 274 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

The trip of a lifetime ends in murder

Maisie leaves her precarious home life in the UK to hike the West Coast Trail in Canada. She meets brother and sister Sera and Ric, and what begins as a fun-filled experience in a beautiful secluded setting quickly turns sour.

Twenty-five years later, a woman named Laura is panicked to learn that a body was found near the trail and the police suspect they’re the bones of Sera. The secret she’s been hiding for a quarter of a century is about to come out – and someone is determined to make sure she tells the truth, and pays the price, as she should have done back then. But what lengths will Laura go to in order to protect her carefully constructed family life?

In 1999, Maisie Goodwin goes out on a hiking adventure by flying all the way from UK to Vancouver. While on the West Coast hiking trail, she meets a British girl named Seraphina Cunningham and her brother Ric. The trio becomes friends and soon go on the hiking trail together. However, soon, the hiking adventure soon turns to a nightmare when one of them ended up getting murdered.

Present Day, a woman named Laura reads the news that the human remains are found in the forest in Canada and the person who was found guilty will be released from prison. And Laura feels that her past is about to be haunted again.

This was actually a surprisingly good psychological thriller. The story divides between the past, told mianly from Maisie’s POV and present, told mainly in Laura’s POV. The story is fast paced and the reader feels like they are at the edge of the seat when reading this book. The ending was a complete unexpected twist that I did not realize that type of ending! However, it was a bit too dramatic and unrealisitc, but nonetheless, I actually enjoyed the ending. The writing was really great, the thriller itself is unputdownable with twists and turns. So overall, if you are looking for a thriller with some twists and turns based on hiking trail, then this book is one for you–worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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