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About the Author
Reviewers have described her work as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradbury and Stephen King thrown in for good measure.
She won Harlequin's search for "the next Gillian Flynn" in 2016. Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn't Leave, was featured in Samhain's Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for over a year.
When not writing, she loves exploring the world's most haunted places, advocating for animal rights, and summoning her inner ninja in muay thai class.
To get free ebooks and a new spooky story every week, go to bit.ly/MoncrieffLibrary.
- ASIN : B07BF48WP5
- Publisher : Severed Press (March 12, 2018)
- Publication date : March 12, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2165 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 163 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1925711749
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #216,547 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"That story has always bugged me. Did you know it's been almost sixty years, and they still have no idea what happened to those people? . . . "
Nat McPherson, along with her producer, Andrew, are about to delve into the mystery in order to bring something "real" to their supernatural podcast, "Nat's Mysterious World". Moncrieff starts out immediately by setting up a strong sense of rapport with her characters. The carefree banter and familiarity these two main characters share instantly shows us the deep bond between them. In my opinion, this is much more telling and effective than simply narrating: "these two are close friends".
". . . If you're going to risk your life, at least find some nice possessed girl no one else has discovered yet."
After training and assembling a competent crew of their own, Nat and Andy are on their way to ". . . Kholat Syakhl, the infamous Dead Mountain . . . " . Once they arrive there, the imagery and culture momentarily take over our senses.
". . . Having doubts means I'm of sound mental health . . . "
Moncrieff has a great talent when it comes to making the reader feel as though they were physically present in each environment she takes them to with her writing. Through the gestures, actions, and comments of her characters, I felt as if I were literally shivering along with them on those snow covered mountains.
". . . some places are just plain bad . . . I'm willing to bet the reason it's called Dead Mountain has nothing to do with the lack of game. People die here."
The hostile atmosphere is augmented by the vastly different personalities--and level of experience--of each individual involved.
". . . My usual exercise is running my mouth . . . "
By the time the team sets out together, the tension has already begun to mount exponentially.
". . . Human beings are extremely self-centered. We have no concern for anything but ourselves . . . "
What happens to this team is very much the author's own story--and I loved each and every anxiety-riddled moment of it. There were times where I was nearly gasping in surprise, and then others that had me laughing aloud at the comic-laced sarcasm used to lighten things up along the way.
"'We'll die if we get trapped on the side of the mountain in a blizzard . . . ' As usual, the mountaineer was brimming with optimism."
In a novel like this, the comedic interludes made a great way to momentarily lighten the rising tension. I've always appreciated an author who has the ability to use that tactic effectively. In addition to giving the terror a brief "pause", it also conveys to the reader a sense of more intimately understanding a character's mindset and overall personality.
"Clearly, they'd have to work on their telepathy if they ever got out of this mess."
Moncrieff begins with a real life mystery, and creates a unique story of her own from those kernels of fact. Near the end, I had about half a dozen possible scenarios for the ending in my mind.
I was absolutely thrilled when not one of them even came close.
". . . Ignorance was most definitely bliss, but it was also a luxury she couldn't afford."
Overall, an effective horror novel on many levels. We have realistic characters you can emphasize with, an incredible atmosphere that you can practically "feel", witty dialog, and a vivid, imaginative journey-turned-nightmare to traverse. All said, a highly impressive tale that is a strong contender for my "Best Reads of 2018" list.
I think some people who reviewed this book probably did not know much about Dyatlov Pass. The reader would enjoy this book much more if they researched the Dyatlov Pass incident a bit. Since this is based on a true story there are many theories and attempted explanations of just what happened out there.
I'd just learned about the true story behind Dyatlov Pass from the My Favorite Murder podcast, so to see Moncrieff tackle it here, and even featuring a podcaster as the main protagonist, I couldn't not dive in.
I give RETURN TO DYATLOV PASS 4 stars!
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I flew through this book in record time. The writing flows really well and keeps you entertained. Even though this is fiction and not a fact based book (although it does include some facts about that fateful trip in 1959), there's a part of my mind that wonders - could this have happened? probably not. But maybe. Who would know.
This was a very enjoyable read and i'll certainly keep an eye out for more books from this writer.
Anyway, I'm off to find some more books about this mystery.
A WEIRD OCCURENCE IN RUSSIA.THE CHARACTERS WERE BELIEVABLE AND KEPT YOUR INTEREST TO THE END..