Availability: Released on 25th September 2014 in Paperback and Kindle
Synopsis: After the breakup of her marriage, Evie takes the holiday of a lifetime. A few weeks of hiking, rafting and jungle adventure at an eco-lodge in Mexico sound ideal. But what should have been the perfect pick-me-up soon turns into a nightmare.
Nothing is quite what it seems. There are secrets hidden that can't be allowed to leave their jungle hiding place. And which their keeper will kill to protect.
My Review: I am a huge fan of Gregg Hurwitz and always look forward to reading his books. However this latest release proved to be something of a head scratcher for me. I picked it up and started reading about Evie who is struggling with her day to day life and responsibilities following the breakup of her marriage. She decides to give herself a break and take part in a hiking and rafting tour in Mexico.
Evie is determined to do something new and thoroughly enjoy herself before returning home to her son. However, when she discovers a camera belonging to a previous visitor she begins to have her doubts. These doubts rack up in intensity when she discovers the woman is missing. What follows is Evie’s own journey along with the other people attending the same trip. There wasn’t any one thing that I can put my finger on but from the very start this book seemed like a bit of a struggle. Maybe it was the setting that put me off, or maybe it was just the characters I’m really not that sure. I never really cared all that much for Evie, and just felt entirely indifferent towards her as a charcter.
I continued on with the knowledge that sometimes books like these surprise you, however I continued to struggle with this to the very end. For me this latest GH release just didn’t compare with his others. It certainly seemed to have all the right things available, but the end result just didn’t grab me. I found the story sometimes felt like it was being dragged out, and at other times I felt like there was too much about other characters that didn’t seem to hold any value to the main storyline.
Towards the latter half of the book it picked up a bit and I felt more like I was reading a Hurwitz novel, but by the end I just felt a little disappointed. I think I may well be in the minority with my opinion, but for me this novel just lacked something. I think the setting for me just didn’t seem real and it was all a bit pushed together. On the other hand maybe I am being over critical? I’m really not that sure. I think overall it was an average book, however as I am quite a fan maybe I just expect more? I’m hoping that his next book fits the bill a bit more for me.