Rim To Rim: Death in the Grand Canyon (Backcountry Mysteries) Paperback – August 4, 2013
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- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492130249
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492130246
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2013)
- Language: : English
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Other reviewers have pretty much covered the synopsis of this adventure/mystery, so I won't go there. I will say that this is a story of a fifty-year-old woman who begins the journey from the North Rim with self-doubt and low self-esteem, and by the time she reaches the South Rim she has been transformed into to a strong and confident, 'I can do it!' person. But Amy's transformation is anything but easy. With the help of her new friend and hiking partner, Sarah, she reaches deep within herself to draw up physical and mental courage she never knew existed. Facing danger and death, she completes the journey triumphantly, bruised and battered, but with an inner strength and the resolve to begin her life anew. Rim To Rim is, in effect, a story of rebirth and renewal.
Between the covers lies a mystery which Amy unknowingly stumbles into as she arrives at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The mystery is finally resolved at the end of the arduous canyon trek, and all the loose ends are neatly tied together. There is also a romantic thread woven throughout the story which develops slowly due to Amy's reluctance to trust her heart after it has been trampled on and finally broken after twenty-nine years of marriage.
As mentioned before, this is an extraordinary first novel. I must share a particular passage which I feel is one of the most beautiful descriptive paragraphs I've read in my many years as an avid reader and writer. I only wish I'd composed the following words myself:
<< Neither one of us needed to fill the silence with conversation. The scenery was enough. The last rays of dying sun threw glorious colors against distant plateaus and mesas. Shadows loomed up from the depths and engulfed entire mountain ranges. Nature controlled the choreography, and we humans could only witness the drama. It was a humbling experience. We were intruders who had stumbled into a sacred ritual. >>
No purple prose or overdone description there. Just beautifully crafted writing from an author who has much to offer the reading public. I've already purchased Meeks' sequel, "Wolf Pack: Mystery on Isle Royale." I can't wait to dig into Amy and Sarah's next hiking adventure. I heartily and highly recommend "Rim To Rim: Death in the Grand Canyon" to anyone who enjoys mysteries and adventure tales. It's also a great Chick-Lit read, but believe me guys, you'll enjoy it too! Well done, Jeanne!
She bucks up and rises to the occasion especially in light of the fact that her soon to be ex-husband had thrown in her face the challenge that she would ultimately fail in the attempt anyway. She meets an ally in the form of an outdoors woman named Sarah Rochon. Their chance meeting is the beginning of an adventure of a lifetime. The story moves swiftly, from the moment Sarah stops a man from stealing Amy's gear to the attempt on their lives in the canyon. The reader is drawn in to her every emotion and will celebrate her triumph at the end. A truly glorious read...pick it up and you will not stop until its done.
The book held my interest and I'll gladly recommend Jeanne Meeks book to my book club.
I enjoyed trying to keep up with the various suspects and the plot twists and turns--even the romantic choices the young and more mature women characters became involved in, however. the lesbian angle seemed superfluous as did one scene of anger between these same friends, explained away to no end and easily dismissed.
Overall, I'm glad I got to read this tale: I "saw" my husband's hike, rim to rim, through the author's fine descriptions as I had hoped--and enjoyed a good mystery as a bonus!
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From then on the action really gets going. One dramatic event follows another as though this was a normal part of life on the trail, with sinister fellow travellers, car smashes, dead bodies, and all the hazards of the unfamiliar natural world to contend with. Along with this, both women are carrying unspoken emotional baggage, one seeking to relieve the tension this brings, the other still in denial.
Into this gently stewing pot is thrown a Park Ranger, who clearly takes a shine to our heroine, although she seems reluctant to recognise this. And all the time they are trekking down the precipitous trail, deeper into the great canyon, whose dramatic vistas, crags, ravines and gullies are brought to stark contrast by Meeks’s descriptions.
The author builds the tension quite gently at first, maintaining a state of apparent normality between the trekkers, although tensions have formed there as well. This makes the dramatic events on a ledge as they begin their climb out of the canyon, all the more powerful. The reader is drawn fully into the heroine’s emotional turmoil, yet has the advantage of being aware of the other participants’ feelings and attachments. And at the end, Meeks leaves her readers wondering whether relationships germinated by the trek may flourish or founder. In this way she leaves the door open for follow on adventures, which I hope will be written, because I would like to read more of this engaging writer’s work.