Hayley and Xavier, two young adults from the small town of Pine Bush, N.Y. have been friends since childhood.
After Hayley’s twin sister dies in a car accident, Xavier is determined to get her out of her funk. They go on a camping trip that is ended abruptly by a wildfire.
When they make into the town in the valley of the Shawangunk Mountains, everyone is missing, all the food is gone and something is in the woods.
Something, not quite human, is at the top of the food chain now.
Welcome to a world where something scarier than a zombie walks the earth.
Xavier had taken Hayley camping, hoping to help her get over the loss of her twin sister, Cassie. Hayley was hoping now was the time to tell Xavier how much she loved him. However, during a hike, they noticed dark smoke rising from the forest. After hearing everyone in the area was to evacuate due to a forest fire, they came out of the mountains and walked into a nightmare. Cars sit abandoned and the food is all gone from the stores. Then things get even worse.
Told in first person, the reader is taken on a wild ride, learning only what the characters learn. This leads to a story that keeps you turning the pages until the very end.
This book is the first of three, but I’ll admit I don’t do so well with this genre. My first thought when I was done was, “Well, that was creepy.” But for anyone who likes suspense thrillers should enjoy this book. It was very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.