It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.
After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilisation, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…
Seeing the cover, which I really like, and reading the synopsis I was expecting such a creepy, creepy read. Did I receive it? No!
This novel was supposed to be a very bad, scary, goosebumpy and thriller read but for me was like a walk in the park. Yeah, I was curious to know what happened and all the stuff but I felt nothing while reading it; or maybe just boredom and my eyes rolling so bad that I could feel them rolling in my head.
I read so many scary, creepy, full of action, suspense and thriller novels so I really know what I like and I know how this stuff looks. This was supposed to be like but it wasn't. I didn't saw the creepy stuff and all the creppy things that were supposed to scare me they didn't.
The action of this novel happens half in Romania and half in London. I haven't been to London but I know Romania too well so the descriptions of this country were very generic and I don't know if the author has a bipolar opinion about the Romanians or is just the characters opinion. Like in some parts they say that Romania is a beautiful country and that the people and nice and good, but in others they accuse the Romanians to be thieves, bad people, murderers etc. Maybe the author wanted to use something exotic from Europe and decided to choose Romania. But I didn't like that he decided to portray the Romanians like that. Yeah, I get it, it's for the story but I clearly know that more than half on the planet thinks that Romanians are just like that.
Coming back to the story. It bore me to death. No mystery, no tension, it had action but I felt nothing. I didn't like the writing style, the characters, the descriptions. Everything seemed plain, without substance. And it amazes me how this novel has so, but SO many ratings of 4 and 5 stars. I mean, am I the only one that found this boring and poorly written?
I don't say that the writing is bad but for a mystery, horror, dark thriller it is. Because if this had the role to scare me, to make me curious, to make my blood run fasters than a racket and make my heart go in my pants and it didn't, then it's not good. And ok, I get it, it was thriller and mystery but dark and horror? Really? Whether I get scared harder and trust me I get scared very fast or all those people that read this haven't ever read horror or dark fiction. I don't want to talk bad about anyone but it really really surprise me that this is considered a chilling story.
In conclusion you can try this out maybe you'll get scared or find it intriguing. And please, while and after reading this, don't consider Romanians being like those described in the book. Because Romanians are good and bad as Americans, British people and everyone on the planet. And I'm really really tired of those descriptions like Romanians are just bad people, thieves bla bla, Romania is a bad, ugly, hunted country bla bla. Just google some stuff and then we'll talk.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this one! Sadly it left me with a bitter taste.