Another survival story to love, if you are a fan of survival stories, like I am. Another Lori Lansens novel to love, if you are a fan of Rush Home Road, like I am.
The Mountain Story starts, and ends, with a letter from Wolf to his son. In the letter, Wolf tells his son the full story of what happened on the mountain when he was 18. He had gone up the mountain to die, but, instead got lost with 3 women. Fighting for his survival, and theirs, gave him a reason to live.
The best thing about this book is that, from the very beginning, we know that there are 4 lost hikers and only 3 survivors. Even though this seems like a spoiler, it actually helps heighten the suspense. The whole time I was reading about them lost on the mountain, I was on the edge of my seat, anticipating the death of one of the hikers; imagining it coming around every corner; wondering if was going to be now. But, in the end, what happened was something that I didn’t see coming. There are a few twists in this story, some I saw coming, and some I did not.
When you’re lost in the wilderness, minutes pass like hours and days like years, or in a split second your whole world could be spun on its axis.
Sure you think about regrets, but it’s not regret for the things you’ve done that occupy you, as much as it is a longing for the things you’ll never have the chance to do.
It is not just a story about getting lost on the mountain. It is also the story of how Wolf came to be there in the first place; Wolf’s past, his relationship with his father, and the loss of his friend Byrd. As Ann-Marie MacDonald says on the cover of the book, it is “equal parts poignant drama and palm-sweaty suspense“.
A few might say that the end is corny, but I liked it that way. After everything they went through on the mountain, I say, ‘Let there be corn!’. And, like a true cornball, I cried.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.