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New from bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, and the perfect companion to her New York Times bestseller There's Someone Inside Your House, coming to Netflix October 6!
“The scares here are authentic, and the details meticulous, driven by a smart, distinct narrative voice. Hand this to fans of the film Midsommar who will delight in the eerie world building, the disintegration and rebuilding of interpersonal relationships, and the unseen forces of evil that threaten to break two friends apart.” –Booklist
Bears aren’t the only predators in these woods.
Best friends Neena and Josie spent high school as outsiders, but at least they had each other. Now, with college and a two-thousand-mile separation looming on the horizon, they have one last chance to be together—a three-day hike deep into the woods of the Pisgah National Forest.
Simmering tensions lead to a detour off the trail and straight into a waking nightmare … and then into something far worse. Something that will test them in horrifying ways.
Stephanie Perkins, the bestselling author of There’s Someone Inside Your House, returns with a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching novel about friendship, survival, and navigating unmarked paths even as evil watches from the shadows.
Recent Asheville, N.C., high school graduates and best friends Neena Chandrasekhar and Josie Gordon, who are Indian American and white, respectively, decide to spend their little remaining time together embarking on their first-ever backpacking trip before Neena sets off for college on the West Coast. Heading into the Pisgah National Forest for three days with borrowed gear and a few tips from Josie's older brother, the two quickly find themselves underprepared. When a fall into a sinkhole results in a gruesome injury that leaves Josie trapped, Neena must find her way back to civilization to call for help. Terrifyingly, their paths cross with two white serial killers, who prove even more dangerous than the terrain. Perkins (There's Someone Inside Your House) crafts a lushly immersive natural setting, highlighting the tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains as her characters proceed through an escalating series of dire situations. Violence is quite present, from the teens' brutal capture to mentions of Josie's father's death by auto accident, but Perkins doesn't linger on gratuitous gore, focusing instead on establishing tension and emotion in this rapidly paced dark thriller. Ages 14 up. Agent: Kate Testerman, KT Literary.