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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.
I finished The Woods Are Always Watching a couple of weeks ago and I can barely remember anything about it. That’s not a good sign.
I freaking love hiking, and finding out this one is about a killer on a hiking trail both put me on edge and also made me keen to settle in. I loved the setting of this book. Reading about the characters’ journey through the wilderness was SO much fun, up until the point things start to go wrong of course. Perkins did a great job of introducing the wilds.
The downside for me was the characters. They were so unprepared for their hike, for one thing. It was the most frustrating thing to read. Along with that, they had almost no personality between the two of them. I don’t know why they were arguing or what caused them to get so aggravated other than a couple of minor things. I think Perkins should have spent longer on her characterisation of the pair of them so that I actually cared when they were in danger.
While some parts of this book were interesting and a little suspenseful, for the most part this was just a quick read that I blitzed through and promptly forgot about. It did help me realise that I wanted to read more camping or hiking horror books though.