By Beth Groundwater
Between a rock and a troublesome paddle
Mandy Tanner and her fiancé Rob are prime an offseason rafting-climbing journey in Utah’s distant Canyonlands. skilled courses, Mandy and Rob recognize they need to retain their cool after one in all their workforce, Alex Anderson, seems to be to became endure bait. Walled off from the surface international with 11 shell-shocked consumers and miles of Colorado River whitewater forward, Mandy’s nerves threaten to solve while she learns that Alex’s demise used to be no longer the paintings of a homicidal grizzly. even if it was once a criminal offense of ardour or the random act of a psychopath, Mandy fears that in the event that they don’t root out the river rat between them, one other camper can be operating the rapids in a physique bag.
“A impressive publication through an writer who basically understands and loves her territory. Don’t leave out it!”―William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling writer of the Cork O’Connor series
“Once back, Groundwater, blending secret with outside event, comes up with an day trip that might please such a lot comers.”―Kirkus Reviews
“A exciting trip . . . choked with river lore, brilliant descriptions . . . and loving depictions of the various characters.”―Alfred Hitchcock secret Magazine
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Don’t communicate ailing of the dead,” Elsa hissed. “Alex did no such factor. He used to be a super younger guy who used to be going to turn into an outstanding geologist. ” “Does Dad learn about this? ” “I doubt it,” Elsa acknowledged. “And frankly I don’t care if he does. We’re prime separate lives now, Tina. I’m definite he is familiar with I haven’t been celibate given that we separated. ” “Well, I care if he understands, and that i can’t think he doesn’t care,” Tina rose, her face flushing. “I’m going to inform him approximately you screwing a pupil. He’s obtained to understand that it’s simply because Alex seduced you that you just haven’t been attracted to him in recent times. now not since you don’t love him. ” She begun hiking out of the raft. “But I don’t love your father. now not anymore. ” “You’re simply announcing that. examine you. simply glance …” Sputtering, Tina gestured at her mother’s hand, nonetheless mendacity on Alex’s physique bag. “You’re nonetheless in surprise. when you recover from that babe magnet, you’ll see that Dad’s the single you actually love. ” She stomped off towards her father’s tent. unfortunately, Elsa shook her head. “You see how unreasonable she is? Neither Paul nor i will be able to get via to her that our marriage is over. It can’t be resurrected. It’s as useless as Alex is. ” She bit her lip. “Maybe she simply loves you either a lot that she can’t endure to work out you apart,” Mandy provided. “What am i able to do? ” Mandy felt awkward giving suggestion to a lady with many extra years of existence adventure than her, yet by some means the clever phrases got here. “I imagine all you are able to do is stick with it loving her, even supposing you can’t provide her what she desires. ” She puzzled what Paul may do whilst his daughter woke him to offer him the scoop. Or could his ex-wife’s affair with Alex be information to him? possibly he already knew approximately it and felt an analogous method Tina did approximately his failed marriage—that it will probably nonetheless be kept. Mandy stared on the black physique bag floating within the water that used to be Alex’s transitority tomb. might be Paul Norton had eradicated his festival. 9 Identifying and overcoming usual worry is one of the entertaining struggles intrinsic to mountaineering. —alex lowe When Mandy woke the following morning, fuzzy-brained and fuzzy-mouthed, Rob wasn’t within the tent. She learned whilst he referred to as “Coffee! ” from outdoor that his first name used to be what had woken her. She quick dressed and exited the tent. The typhoon had thoroughly blown via, and the sky used to be transparent blue back. The air nonetheless held a moist relax, notwithstanding, as the solar hadn’t breached the east canyon rim but and the camp lay in shadow. sun bathed the higher half the western rim, making it gleam like polished bronze. Cool used to be busy placing out bananas, syrup, utensils, mugs, and plates. Kendra stirred an important bowl of pancake batter whereas Gonzo fried rows of sausage and bacon at the griddle. The meaty aroma made Mandy’s mouth water. She gratefully approved a mug of espresso from Kendra, then walked over to Rob, who had the radio in part dismantled at the desk in entrance of him. “Why didn’t you wake me? i believe accountable that I didn’t support with breakfast. ” “You seemed bushed,” he stated, “and i do know you have been up for it slow final evening.