She thought she left her darkest nightmare worlds away in the Australian outback. Now, terror will push her to the edge....
Shut down by the grief of losing the man she loved, Tally Nowata has come home to pursue the search-and-rescue work that is her passion. When a crank phone call leads Tally and a friend to the top of a treacherous peak, it is the start of a violent game that will force Tally not only to the heights of danger in Wyoming's Grand Tetons, but to the brink of sanity in a race to the death. A lethal predator is closing in on Tally. He's dead set on revenge -- and he's targeted the one thing Tally can't survive without: her child.
Hannah Nyala, the real-life tracker who introduced Tally Nowata in the electrifying novel Leave No Trace, brilliantly defines a woman's determination to embrace life after her spirit is shattered -- and crafts a nail-biting chase across a hazardous landscape, where no one can rescue the rescuer.
In this follow-up to Leave No Trace (2002), mountain rescue ranger Tally Nowata is still grieving the brutal murder of her lover, researcher Paul O'Malley. Distant from most of her colleagues and emotionally devastated, Tally soon learns that Rayburn Smythe, the man who ordered Paul's death, has come to Wyoming to stalk Tally and her daughters. When the girls are kidnapped, Tally sets out on a late-December journey to rescue them from a remote mineshaft. While the book's premise will intrigue readers previously enthralled with Tally's heroism, they may grow weary of her incessant self-pitying, which worsens as the novel progresses. Somewhere between her melodramatic first-person prose ("Anger rides high, the heat makes my left arm ache, good, go on, heal, blood flow is a good thing, I'd like to see some of yours flow....") and her overactive imagination, Tally loses her sympathetic edge. When Nyala allows her main character to quit feeling sorry for herself, the story crackles with mysterious characters and vivid imagery, but these instances are too few to make the journey worthwhile.