From the authors of the bestselling Awakened trilogy
Megan Forrester has barely survived the unthinkable. Six months ago, she witnessed a horrific accident that killed her husband and son, and lives with the guilt of knowing she could have done more to save them. Now, Megan hopes to mend the pieces of her broken spirit by attending a local church group’s annual camping trip. But the church group members—riddled with dark secrets of their own—make a catastrophic navigational mistake, leaving them stranded in an untouched canyon in the West Virginian national forest.
Isolated from any chance of help or rescue, Megan and the others quickly realize why this side of the canyon has never been surveyed by humankind: it’s home to a terrifying prehistoric arachnid that patiently stalks its prey through even the slightest movement or vibration in the forest. And it’s desperate for a meal.
Grief-stricken and haunted by her tragic loss, Megan now faces her ultimate test of endurance. Can she outwit a bloodthirsty creature hellbent on ensuring that no one gets out alive? When a single wrong turn can mean death, she only has one option: DON’T MOVE.
This half-baked horror novel from Murray and Wearmouth (who previously collaborated on the Awakened series) delivers some solid scares but fails to offer readers a reason to care. Megan Forrester, wracked with grief over the death of her husband and son, hopes to find some solace in her church group's annual camping trip. The group members, already at each other's throats, make a critical mistake on their way to Davies Canyon, leading them into the uncharted depths of the West Virginian forest, where they begin to be picked off at an alarming rate. They soon discover they are being hunted by a prehistoric arachnid. With horrors closing in on all sides, it becomes a race against time to outwit the monster and escape the forest alive. Though this is a gleeful creature feature, the arachnid's origins remain mysterious, making its attacks and very existence feel random and unexplained. Each character's death feels like a foregone conclusion, leaving little room for surprise. Murray and Wearmouth succeed at creating a creepy atmosphere, but the story remains frustratingly muddled. Fans of monster horror can skip this one.