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The Hike

By: Susi Holliday
Narrated by: Imogen Church
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2022 Susi Holliday (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“A real gulp-it-down-in-one thriller.” (Heat Magazine)

“We inhaled this galloping, twisty read in a single sitting.” (Crime Monthly)

“An edge-of-your seat thriller where the sense of menace ratchets higher with every step along the hiking path. Utterly immersive with brilliant storytelling, it’s smart, scary and ingeniously moreish.” (Steph Broadribb, author of Death in the Sunshine)

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Another dud

I have been on such a losing streak lately with audiobooks. I listen to 3-4 per week and don’t usually write reviews, however, the last 3 books have been so bad that I felt obligated to warn fellow listeners.
I love this narrator, she is one of my favorites, but even she couldn’t salvage this book.
The characters were very unlikable, absolutely no redeeming qualities
The story was mean and vindictive.
I hope you don’t waste a credit on this dribble.

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Whoa!

That was a surprise all the way through to the end! I highly recommend this one!

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I hated this book.

It was an endurance test to finish. The narrator captured the whiny voice of one character in particular. It was grating to listen to. The plot was boring, unrealistic and seemingly endless. I wish I hadn’t wasted a credit on The Hike.

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Usually love this narrator, but some of the characters grated on my nerves. Story was little drawn out, but had me guessing until the end.

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I felt like I was being read a children’s story. The narrator was so over expressive it was weird. The characters were 1 dimensional. The ending was expected.

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Every person in this book was horrible.

There was not one character in this book that was even remotely redeeming. I can see having horrible characters in the beginning of the book but then they have some kind of introspective moment where they realize they are terrible and try to change but that’s not what happened in this book. I hated all the characters and it felt like a real slog to get through this book.

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wow!!!

I think I found a new favorite author. simply amazing!! nothing else needs be said

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Language used needs cleaning up

Struggled to finish about half way through. The characters are arguing too much with filthy language. I was happy to see something happen to take out a character to end the constant arguments. I wasn't able to care about any character in this story. The narrator was good and the story was there, but all the characters had no reason for me to connect with and see to survive The Hike. Two stars overall because of language and lacking interest in any character.

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If you like domestic thrillers….

Simple plot, a few surprises. Imogen Church’s narration is an interesting addition to any book…. but I can’t say the story wasn’t somewhat predictable. I liked the synopsis and enjoyed the book! Take if for what it is!

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Very good suspense

Wow what a story. This is the first book that I have read from this author. It was well written and does keep you at the end of your chair. I won’t give anything away but I have to say I did not like the ending. But it was a good book and I would re-read it all over again.

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  • PODENCOS ROCK!
  • 10-12-22

As farfetched as it was far flung, but enjoyable

This sounded like an excellent thriller but I was hesitant to try it as the narrator, Imogen Church, talented though she is, can really dominate a story so much that it can be painful to listen to and the story is hardly let up for air as she whips it up into a frenzy of over animated story telling.

And so it was here. I have no idea what it would have been like with a narrator who read with subtlety but it fast became clear it had turned into a pantomime with the read it got.

Some people were voiced so obnoxiously that when they got bumped off, there is not a court in the land who would have not set them free as justifiable homicide as they were so annoying and cartoonishly portrayed.

I had no other titles to read and not allowed to return the title as I had paused my membership, so I plowed on and though it seemed to being played for laughs with very broad strokes so as to make every character a walking cliche, it was an enjoyable romp which made Midsomer Murders seem as lighthearted as War and Peace.

There were some pretty preposterous plot twists as well, so perhaps turning into a murder farce instead of a serious thriller actually worked, as it veered close to slapstick at times.

As usual with this narrator, I turned up the speed to 1.25 as otherwise - with every word being supercharged with emotion and pumped up as if on steroids - it really does get unbearable as each syllable is strung out, swung out of and generally tortured ad infinitum. Do not get me started on the gruff huff-puffing of the male characters either - so a faster speed really does make it so much less infuriating,

Will not be rushing to read the next Susi Holiday book, let's put it that way ..... and also hoping to goodness my favourite authors, like Ruth Ware, will be insisting on a different narrator, otherwise I may have to read them instead and miss out on the usually fabulous and relaxing audiobook experience.

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  • Nat 87
  • 11-28-22

Enjoyable

An enjoyable read with twists and turns, I had no issue with the narrator, I thought she delivered a good narration. A new author for me and I'll check out more now!

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  • yelsel
  • 11-22-22

I'm giving up

I just can't on with the terrible overdone narration! Everything is so exaggerated that it is exhausting trying to listen. The narration definitely gets in the way of the story but so do the awful characters. It is impossible to feel any empathy or care about any of them. I don't know what dreadful thing happened on that hike and I really don't care.

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  • Jen W
  • 11-03-22

Don’t waste your time or money. Deserves no stars!

The most irritating and terrible narrator I’ve ever heard. Had to speed up the narration to make it slightly less painful. Bizarre inflection, who talks like this?
Terrible story, yes lots of twists but the characters are so unlikeable and shallow. I didn’t care what happened, actually wanted to speed up their deaths.
Shallow and pointless story. I only stuck it out so long as some reviewers are far more generous. But no you won’t miss anything just the money you waste buying this book!

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  • Dr. N. WOODRUFF
  • 10-30-22

Not to my liking

Did not finish as the book was not to my taste and not enjoyable sorry

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  • HarrietJ
  • 10-21-22

Ruined by narration

The narrator was so over the top with this book, it made it really very difficult to listen too. Every word is hammed up and exaggerated, often in quite odd ways. Even sentences like 'she passed the salt' are said in an up/down lilting and laboured way. It made the story really hard to focus on as the narration was just taxing to take in. I felt like I almost had to concentrate on tuning out all the cadences. It's a shame as the story was decent but the narration didn't do it justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-22

slooooooow narration

couldn't get started, narrator spoke soooooo slowly. Good for sleeping maybe but this was too off putting.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 10-09-22

Boring

Really didn’t enjoy this book , normally don’t mind narrator , but this just wasn’t for me . Wasted credit .

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  • VJ
  • 10-04-22

Very Enjoyable

A very enjoyable unpredictable thriller with an unusual plot.
I bought this book without trying the audio sample first for two very good reasons:
1. I have enjoyed other books by this author.
2. Imogen Church is an excellent narrator!

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  • Joanna
  • 10-03-22

Had to give back due to narration

The narrator wa really annoying so I didn’t get past the first 20 mins. I’m not usually that fussy but I couldn’t listen!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 10-03-22

Not bad

Pity the characters are so unpleasant but in actual fact I love wicked people who like to kill. So yes this is a great read