WINNER: IPPY SILVER MEDAL, VARUNA FELLOWSHIP
When the wilderness is not your only enemy, who do you trust?
Television reporter Callie Brown likes big cities and good coffee. But, running from a broken heart, she agrees to join old friends at the strangest of reunions: a trek into New Zealand’s most savage and remote mountains. What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.
"Taut suspense and lush descriptions." Literary Inklings
"Satisfyingly insightful." Margaret Newman
"By turns shocking, satisfying, tragic, and poignant, but ultimately life-affirming." Debbie Young's Reading Life
"So far this is my favourite fiction read of the year." Clare O'Beara
Eight people were in the room when a fledgling actress died. Ten years later they are together again, invited to trek into the wild heart of Fiordland, New Zealand. Most are not athletes, so why have they agreed to come? They expect to test an alternative to the famed Milford Track. By the time they understand the expedition's true purpose, old secrets are baring their claws, and it is too late to turn back.