Susi Holliday: The Hike

Today I’m joining the blog tour for The Hike. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publisher for my copy of the book.


Four hikers enter the mountains. Only two return. But is it tragedy? Or treachery?

When sisters Cat and Ginny travel with their husbands to the idyllic Swiss Alps for a hiking holiday, it’s not just a chance to take in the stunning scenery. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with each other after years of drifting apart—and patch up marriages that are straining at the seams.

As they head into the mountains, morale is high, but as the terrain turns treacherous, cracks in the relationships start to show. With worrying signs that someone might be following them, the sun begins to set and exhaustion kicks in. Suddenly, lost high on a terrifying ridge, tensions spill over—with disastrous consequences.

When only two of the four hikers make it down from the mountain, the police press them for their story—but soon become suspicious when their accounts just don’t add up.

What really happened up on that ridge? Who are the survivors? And what secrets are they trying to hide?


In The Hike, Holliday has written pretty much the perfect psychological thriller. Two couples go hiking in the Swiss Alps using some difficult routes, nobody seems to like each other and they are all hiding some pretty big secrets. From the beginning, there is a definite sense of foreboding and, to be honest, I wondered why they’d decided to go on holiday together. But then, we wouldn’t have a book, and a bloody good book it is too. 

Our couples are Ginny and Tristan, and Cat and Paul. I didn’t really warm to any of them: they all seemed a bit selfish, they were all a bit grumpy and they had all done some pretty horrible things. I’m not someone who has to like a character to enjoy a book though. I really wanted to know what had gone on in the past and I was hooked on this novel right until the end until I got all the answers. I also loved that the timeline skipped backwards and forwards, as this meant I could see what was happening a few days later and I wanted to know who the surviving characters were and how they had found themselves in the position they were in a few days after the hike. 

Holliday sets the scene in the Swiss Alps really well. She describes it so vividly that I felt like I was there, taking in all the scenery and feeling the danger they faced. 

The plotting in The Hike is completely out of this world. There are so many layers to this story and I had no idea how it would finish. 

The Hike is available from Amazon.

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