ROAD OF BONES had me shivering in the midst of an August heatwave!
Felix Teigland, (Teig), a documentary filmmaker, and Prentiss his financial backer, head out to Siberia in the hopes of creating a TV doc and selling it to Discovery. The hook? The pair are traveling the Kolyma Highway, also known as the Road of Bones. Built in the 30’s, this highway travels for over 2,000 kilometres, and is said to have the bones of those who helped build it, buried underneath. After picking up their local guide, and a woman broke down on the road, they set off in the hopes of creating television gold. Their first stop, a small village not too far away. Upon arrival though, the village seems empty. What happened here? Where is everyone? What are those dark, shadowy shapes they’ve all seen? You’ll have to read this to find out!
I loved the characters here. Christopher Golden has a way of writing people that makes me start caring for them right from the get-go. Tieg and Prentiss were clearly defined and their friendship could be a prickly one at times. I liked that. The addition of their guide and a stranded traveler added more depth to the mix, because they all had different goals-all of which soon morphed into something else altogether for all of them; the goal of survival.
The setting of Siberia is perfect for a horror story. The cold and isolation become characters in their own right-how snow often dampens sounds. How the cold will take your nose from you in a matter of minutes, if it’s exposed. How the car won’t start up again, if you turn it off or stall out. Small things in Siberia quickly turn into life threatening things. The dichotomy of reading a novel set in Siberia where it can get as cold as -60F, as compared to my setting of western Massachusetts at the end of a heatwave, was a bit jarring. For this reader, that dichotomy only brought the cold home even more powerfully.
I loved this book: the fast pace, the cold atmosphere, the short chapters and the perils throughout all contributed to my enjoyment of Road of Bones. Also, look at that cover! It’s fabulous, right? Do yourself a favor, be at the bookstore the day this comes out. Dare you take a ride down the ROAD OF BONES? I think you’ll be sorry if you don’t!
Available everywhere: January 25, 2022, but you can pre-order here: ROAD OF BONES
Thank you to Christopher Golden and St. Martin’s Press for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!