I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this book. Looking at the title, I was expecting a Hallmark movie plot. While there is sufficient drama to satisfy any soap opera enthusiast, it is all integral to the story and to the mystery (and not annoying for us non-soap opera enthusiasts). It’s a thriller, it’s a drama, and it’s a great gothic story.
For Eve Dallas, dead bodies happen all the time. She’s well known for being the cop you want on the job when someone you know or love has been murdered. But it’s not often that the dead body happens as a result of an explosion that takes out executives from a major corporation. It’s even less common for another executive to be the person who is to blame for the explosion.
“Hanna knew nothing was wrong with her. But Mommy wanted them to look. Again.”
After a particularly bad treatment for Kate, Andrew goes into work and pulls off a miracle: he takes a 3 month leave of absence from work and reserves them a cabin on a lake in Maine. But all is not peaceful and serene. Someone or something is hiding in the woods.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident (as it is later known) is an actual mystery that occcurred in the Ural Mountains of the then Soviet Union. During the night of February 1, 1959, in the Siberian wilderness, nine experienced Russian hikers slashed open their tent from the inside and ran into a blizzard without proper attire. Interestingly enough, not all of the hikers died of hypothermia. One of the hikers was actually missing her tongue. An investigation by the Russian government concluded that an “unknown compelling force” had caused the deaths. But what was the force? Theories include animal attacks, hypothermia, avalanche, attack by Mansi people (indigenous folk of the region), or some type of military accident. The place where they died is called Kholat Syakhl by the Mansi – Mountain of the Dead.