The Guide, a review by Tanya

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The Guide
Peter Heller

272 pages
Expected publication: August 24th 2021 by Knopf

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About the Book:

The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who, escaping his own grief, is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests he uncovers a plot of shocking menace.

Kingfisher Lodge, nestled in a canyon on a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet, is known by locals as “Billionaire’s Mile” and is locked behind a heavy gate. Sandwiched between barbed wire and a meadow with a sign that reads “Don’t Get Shot!” the resort boasts boutique fishing at its finest. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients. Now it also promises a second chance for Jack, a return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss. When he is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find.

But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation. A novel as gripping as it is lyrical, as frightening as it is moving, The Guide is another masterpiece from Peter Heller.

My Review:

This was an amazingly unique thriller! I loved it!

Set in the Colorado wilderness, so much of the beginning of this story describes the beautiful, serene scenery and the calmness of river fishing. It left me feeling peaceful and wanting more of this lovely mystery (which is what I thought this book was) that would quietly unfold against this still backdrop that was so gorgeously painted by Heller.

The writing style was breathtaking. Whether describing scenery, past traumatic events or action sequences, Heller approaches his writing with efficiency and heart. On one page Heller left my heart filled with the joy of nature and on another page he had my heart racing so fast I felt it would beat straight out of my chest.

I read so many thrillers that they often blend into each other. The Guide is completely different, refreshing and intriguing!

All my thriller-loving friends, the release date is August 24th for The Guide by Peter Heller – run, don’t walk, to pre-order this one! I can’t recommend it enough!

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