Book: The Trail
Release date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: Turner Publishing
Source: Turner Publishing – For Review
Paul Leroux is a serial killer wanted for murdering women in North Carolina. When the police start to catch up with Leroux, he panics and decides to escape to Canada on the Appalachian Trail, where thru-hikers use trail names and travel anonymously. Leroux, who is overweight and unhealthy, struggles at first on the trail but begins to relax as he gets stronger and can utilize the physical changes he gains from his intense hiking as a disguise. His urge to kill, however, is invigorated by the nearness of female hikers, and his intention to stay away from them on his trip begins to weaken. His life is further complicated when Desert Storm veteran Karl Bergman, who is also trying to escape his own failure, becomes suspicious of Leroux and begins to pay careful attention to his every move. Leroux becomes increasingly panicked as he realizes that both Bergman and the police are close on his tail as he races to the border hoping to find a haven with his Canadian family. In this cat-and-mouse thriller, Ray Anderson dives inside two men’s minds as they struggle to fight their identities and confront their fears and internal turmoil.
Okay, let me start out by saying I don’t love serial killer like plots, and I wanted to try one out, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it, so I was very pleased I did! The adventure and character development grows on you, and in such a way that you grow really strong feelings for the main characters. I loved the aspect of the Appalachian Trail. The fact that these two men were on this incredible journey, and to bring more drama, to add the serial killer and complicated lives of real characters into that was very well done. Although some could say the ending was predictable, while reading, I did find myself thinking, what if something else happens. There were so many possibilities, and you never knew what to expect. I liked some of the imagery of the book, being someone who loves hiking and nature filled scenes, it was a wonderful world to experience. I did get annoyed with the main character at times because even though he was dealing with his personal issues, he didn’t know how to handle himself, and since it happened quite frequently, I was a little disappointed, however, the ending was so bold and just brought a smile to my face, so overall, it was a pleasant read. Thank you to Turner Publishing for sending me it!