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It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.
After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…
Oh man, this book is the very first in a long time to creep me out so badly that I ended up with all of the lights on for the rest of the night.
***May contain minor spoilers***
This story reminded me a little bit of that movie Hostel which is one of the few movies that terrifies me to this day. In this novel, a British couple decide to take a trip of a lifetime all across Europe. They are right on the precipice of settling down and starting a family so they go all out for this trip.
Everything has been absolutely amazing until one fateful night when they take a train to Romania. They meet another couple who they happen to strike up a conversation with. They have been traveling for so long that the British couple is suddenly overcome by jet lag and exhaustion. They are convinced to take a short nap in an empty sleeper cab which is against the rules, but are immediately comforted by the Romanian couple that they will alert them if the guards begin to head in their direction. Everything goes wrong when they’re rudely awakened by Romanian guards who demand that they show them their passports and tickets only to find that they have been robbed in the middle of the night.
Unable to prove that they aren’t stowaways they beg the Romanian woman to help plead their case. She tries to assure the guards that the British couple belong there, but it is all for nought. Soon after, all three are thrown off the train in the middle of nowhere.
They have no other choice but to begin walking in the pitch black darkness to the nearest town. Somewhere along the way, the Romanian woman goes missing and they follow her screams to a decrepit home in the middle of the forest. They enter, but what exactly happens? Well, we have no idea. The reader is kept in the dark for the bulk of the book. All we know is that it was horrible and that the British couple return to their home in a state of shock and trauma. They didn’t only bring home the horrific memories of what happened in that old house, but it appears whatever they saw in Romania has followed them home to Britain.
Everything I have just typed above is but a tiny fraction of the rest of the story encompassing a couple of chapters. This book was creepy and thrilling! I couldn’t even begin to imagine how it was going to end. I was even beginning to doubt myself along the way as to what actually occurred.
I was very close to giving it 5 stars, but towards the end there were a couple of things that happened that were a bit too farfetched for me. Other than that, it is a great thriller that I certainly cannot stop thinking about! This was my first book by this author, but I look forward to checking out his other work!
4 out of 5 stars!!
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“This was life, really lived, really experienced, a passage of magic that would flash before our eyes when we died.”
“We ran all the way into town. We didn’t talk. We didn’t look back.”
“Every dark space felt threatening, as if it contained and concealed something horrifying. My imagination filled in the details that my eyes couldn’t see, not just memories from a hundred horror movies and books, but something deeper in my brain, a line that stretched back thousands of years, fear of the dark woods hard-wired into me.”
“Was this what was going to happen now? She had unlocked the doors of perception; was she going to start seeing ghosts and devils everywhere? Was she going to become a magnet for the unliving?”