Who here likes the Blair Witch Project? Or any other horror flick where some people get stranded in the woods and terrible things happen to them? I know I do. One of my favorite things to do is scare myself silly by watching terrifying movies in the dark and praying I can go to sleep later.
Typically, I avoid scary novels because my imagination is already very vivid. Reading thriller novels can make it even harder to sleep than a scary movie. Why? Because in your mind, you can make anything happen. In a movie, everything is spelled out for you: you see exactly what the director wants you to see. In a book, everything is up to you. But I’m putting all of my fears aside this week and picking up a suspenseful thriller: Natalie D. Richards’s One was Lost.
The tagline of the novel on the back cover is “Someone was here. We were sleeping. And they were in our tent.” If that isn’t something to send shivers up your spine, I don’t know what is. The summary on the back cover, for a little more detail, is as follows:
While on a mandatory senior field trip, a flash flood cuts off Sera and three classmates from their group with no way to call for help. But they’re not as alone as they thought…
Someone is stalking them through the woods–drugging them, stealing their supplies, and writing on their skin. Is it a judgement? A warning? As their hunter grows bolder, these clues may be Sera’s only key to survival.
In addition to the brief synopsis, we’re treated to a quick look at what exactly this stalker/hunter is writing on their skin: “deceptive, damaged, dangerous, darling”. I’m excited to get to this excerpt so that I can see the meaning behind these brandings.
Every review that I’ve read about this book warns me that I’m going to be both terrified and eager to turn the page. Part of me thinks that this book is going to be reminiscent of Danielle Vega’s Merciless series, where teenagers end up way over their head due to forces beyond their control. It’s also refreshing to see a book written in the present tense. A lot of the time, books are told in the past tense, and to see it in the present makes the book all the more intense and immediate, something that I think goes a long way in a page-turning thriller.
If I like this book as much as I’m anticipating, I’ll definitely be adding her other books, Six Months Later and Gone Too Far, to my book list for the year.
Stay tuned to see what happens!