The White Road: Sarah Lotz
Reviewed By Fiona Dodwell
You need to read this book. I promise it’s worth it.
I recently picked up a copy of The White Road by Sarah Lotz and I absolutely loved it. It has all the ingredients I love in a scary read: mystery, supernatural elements, engaging characters and lots of psychological twists. Lotz is a master of scary writing – I’ve read some of her other work – and she never fails to impress. She’s the kind of writer that inspires me, because she’s so extremely good at what she does.
So what’s it all about? The White Road follows main character, Simon Newman – an adrenaline junky – who decides he’s going to join an expedition to climb Mount Everest. Motivated not by the chance to reach the mountain’s peak, but instead to film his adventure for fans of his Journey to the Dark Side website, Simon gets more than he bargained for when he finds that something dark and disturbing stalks the mountain around him. Will he record footage that will change his life when out there on the mountain? Will he survive?
This story will definitely please horror/paranormal genre fans. I was especially interested in the story because it involved a backdrop of mountaineering – something that although I haven’t ever done in my lifetime, I find fascinating, mysterious and alluring. There’s just something captivating about the world’s highest peaks and the challenges posed to potential climbers. So many die (in real life) when trying to climb the world’s biggest – it’s impossible not to think of the tragic accidents, deaths and dead bodies left on the locations. It certainly sets a really stunning backdrop to Lotz’s novel. The descriptions she writes really make you feel a part of that world.
The White Road is truly creepy and very haunting. I highly recommend it.
The White Road
Adrenaline-junky Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he’s met online. But Simon gets more than he bargained for when the expedition goes horribly wrong. Simon emerges, the only survivor, after a rainstorm trap the two in the cave. Simon thinks he’s had a lucky escape.
But his video of his near-death experience has just gone viral.
Suddenly Simon finds himself more famous than he could ever have imagined. Now he’s faced with an impossible task: he’s got to defy death once again, and film the entire thing. The whole world will be watching. There’s only on place on earth for him to pit himself against the elements: Mt Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
But Everest is also one of the deadliest spots on the planet. Two hundred and eighty people have died trying to reach its peak.
And Simon’s luck is about to run out.
Fiona Dodwell has been writing fiction for almost 10 years, with several horror/paranormal titles released under various publishers. Alongside this, she is a freelance writer for various websites and magazines. She has written features for Warner Music, Made In Shoreditch Magazine, Music-news.com and Tremr.
Fiona has studied Psychology, Film Studies, Theology and Health & Social Care.
Her biggest passion is reading dark fiction, as well as creating new stories of her own – the creepier the better!
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