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The Hike

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“Susi Holliday is one of our best and most original creators of tense and twisty tales.” —Ian Rankin

Four hikers enter the mountains. Only two return. But is it tragedy? Or treachery?

When sisters Cat and Ginny travel with their husbands to the idyllic Swiss Alps for a hiking holiday, it’s not just a chance to take in the stunning scenery. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with each other after years of drifting apart—and patch up marriages that are straining at the seams.

As they head into the mountains, morale is high, but as the terrain turns treacherous, cracks in the relationships start to show. With worrying signs that someone might be following them, the sun begins to set and exhaustion kicks in. Suddenly, lost high on a terrifying ridge, tensions spill over—with disastrous consequences.

When only two of the four hikers make it down from the mountain, the police press them for their story—but soon become suspicious when their accounts just don’t add up.

What really happened up on that ridge? Who are the survivors? And what secrets are they trying to hide?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"What a ride! I barely breathed reading this. The novel sets up the action quickly and never lets up. Twists and turns like a rollercoaster. You think you're on solid ground, then bam! Loved it!" - Rachael Blok

"An edge-of-your seat thriller where the sense of menace ratchets higher with every step along the hiking path. Utterly immersive with brilliant storytelling, it's smart, scary and ingeniously moreish." - Steph Broadribb

"Such unpleasant people, yet Holliday still somehow has us caring what happens to them. Cat is one of the biggest literary pieces of work since Amy in Gone Girl." - Julia Crouch

"I finished this at 5.30am, and could barely tear myself away from this thriller about two couples who go on a deadly hike. Congratulations on this cast of thoroughly nasty characters, a fascinating detective and a drop-dead gorgeous setting. My favourite Susi Holliday book so far." - Fiona Cummins

"Wow! Just finished this corker by Susi Holliday. The Hike is the definition of a page-turner with enough twists to leave you giddy. Be warned - you'll want to read this in one sitting." - Teresa Driscoll

"Wild meets Gone Girl in this breathlessly entertaining thriller, featuring toxic characters doing terrible things in a beautiful setting. Loved it." - Mark Edwards

"The Hike is one of the most gripping and darkest thrillers I've read in years and I adored it. Think Highsmith, Hitchcock & Gillian Flynn in a blender." - Derek Farrell

"Pacy, addictive and filled with suspense, The Hike kept me guessing until the final page. Each treacherous stride along the mountain trail led me deeper into a tangled web of deception, among unscrupulous characters hiding dark secrets. A twisty tale of revenge, lies and murder! Highly recommended!" - Victoria Goldman

"I devoured The Hike in a couple of days. Smart, pacy, and packed full of twists that'll keep you guessing. A really fantastic read." - Lisa Gray

"As twisty as a bag full of snakes and with just as much bite." - C S Green

"Dark and twisty, suffused with smouldering tension and deceit." - Emma Haughton

"Creepy, atmospheric and absolutely gripping, The Hike kept me guessing until the last page! Highly recommended!" - Jane Isaac

"The Hike is a dark journey into the past and the future. Full of twists and shocking reveals, I loved the beautifully evocative landscape and the well-drawn characters." - Ed James

"A dark and gripping tale about toxic sisters and marital disharmony, set on an alpine hike. It's a wonder these people chose to go on holiday together and by the end most of them will have wished they hadn't. With more twists and turns than a mountain path, this story will have you turning the pages at breakneck speed and keep you guessing every step of the way." - Amanda Jennings

"In The Hike, Susi Holliday transports us to an engrossing, vertigo-inducing alpine setting with a deliciously remorseless cast of characters that will have you constantly watching your back." - Heleen Kist

"The Hike is exactly what you expect from Susi Holiday. The characters are complex and well-written, the setting is picture perfect and so well described you feel like you are there. The twists and turns are endless and wind their way to a ferocious climax! I love Susi's writing, and already cannot wait for what comes next!" - Chris McDonald

"Dark and devious, with an ending that completely wrong-footed me!" - Fergus McNeill

"An expertly paced, relentless thriller. Love the red herrings and it genuinely kept me guessing right up until the last page." - John Marrs

"A deliciously dark mystery about warring sisters, their duplicitous husbands, and a hike that ends in murder. With a cast of gloriously unlikeable characters, any one of them could be the murderer, and any of them could be dead. Chock full of secrets, lies, resentment and revenge, The Hike kept me guessing until the last page." - C L Taylor

"So pacy and compelling, and a great twist that I totally didn't see coming. It deserves to be huge." - Louise Voss

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