The perfect October read – a dark adventure tale filled with otherworldly creatures, surprises, and a protagonist who is just, simply, trying to get home.
I adore October. The world is a lovely golden color and it is time for scarves and soups and pumpkins and scary stories! Enter The Hike by Drew Magary.
Ben is on a business trip in rural Pennsylvania. When he wanders outside his hotel, he finds a path leading into the woods. Looking to unwind, he begins to walk the path. Armed with his smartphone and GPS, he’ll be just fine – despite the fact that the hotel clerk denied knowledge of a hiking path nearby. Curious.
Ben is baffled when his phone won’t work and, then, he’s chased by a homicidal maniac who’s sporting a, yes, Rottweiler’s face. Luckily, he gets away and stumbles upon a tent, where he hunkers down, waiting for the search party that’s surely combing the woods to find him…..
Will the search party materialize? I can’t say. However, I can say that Ben finds obstacle after obstacle barring his onward journey, attempting to thwart him in attaining his goal.
Ben finds a friend and, within himself, the bravery and courage that he will need to sustain this hike through the woods, on the path, to – hopefully – home.