A pre-release review! So, disclaimer: I read this back in June and while I did write it back in June, if you ask me any questions, I may not remember.
Natalie D. Richards is the author of Six Months Later, which I enjoyed (but never finished…Ssh.)
Before I do the review, so this doesn’t get lost under the cut, I’m going to say this: If you liked Kieran Scott’s What Waits in the Woods (which I apparently did not review. But let me tell you, it scared the bejesus out of me.), you’ll like this. Let me just say, I’m never going camping in the woods again.
So, without further ado,
Releases October 4, 2016
Natalie D. Richard’s One Was Lost
Sourcebooks Fire, 2016
What It’s About:
Sera and five other high school students head to the middle of nowhere for a 5-day hike through the woods for a school “project.” (By “project” I mean it’s a service assignment every student has to do. There were a few different ones to pick. Sera got stuck with this one.) Not everything’s great about the trip by Day 2. You see, the boy Sera kissed but has been avoiding like the Black Plague for two months is also on the trip. Tension, anyone?
What seems like a boring, but harmless, hike turns deadly — literally. When the group is separated by a flooded river, they begin to encounter weird things. Like, they were all mysteriously drugged. Someone tore up their camp while they were sleeping, stealing food and water. Their teacher, Mr. Walker, has been really drugged and he’s of no use to them.
So, Sera, along with Lucas (The Boy), Jude, and Emily — let me remind you, neither of these four are actually friends — have to learn how to survive and get help.
Oh, yeah — to make matters worse, they think the rest of their group (that got stuck on the other side of the river) is dead. And not just because of natural causes. Because someone killed them.
So, there’s that.
Wanna go camping, yet?
The main premise is that Sera seems to be the one the murderer is targeting. Lucas decides he’s not going to let anything happen to Sera, despite how she’s treated him. There are plenty of twists and turns and unexpected things that happen that make you hold onto your seat a little too white-knuckled.
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