3 big fat stars! This was the perfect ice cold thriller of a book to read in the middle of a heat wave! Nora Kelly (Archaeologist) and Corrie Swanson (FBI) are thrown into a cold case mystery that will knock your socks off.
Fifteen years ago, a backpacking trip turned deadly when nine campers encounter something so terrifying they ran barefoot into a blizzard to escape… but only six bodies are found and the case grows cold.
When two more gruesomely disfigured bodies turn up in a cave, this cold case is back on the front burner. Nora and Corrie team up to investigate alongside Corrie’s new mentor-who may have secrets of his own. Can they expose the secrets of Dead Mountain before they become the next targets?
This was a fast paced, thriller with many plot twists. The only part that was weird was the subplot of Nora’s brother. It didn’t fit and pulled me out of the story; but the Native American parts were very good and well done. Other than that, this is another home run from the venerable team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Based (loosely) on the Dyatlov Pass incident of 1959, the plot of Dead Mountain gave me chills-definitely read the New Yorker article by Douglas Preston for more insight. I was given a copy of this book to read before publication, this is my own opinion.