I've been digging Severed Press for a while now. I dig the publication because they publish some of my favorite authors. They have a great selection of books and they are relatively inexpensive. I love a great creature feature, too. This is my first time reading J.H. Moncrieff. I know I say "this is my first time reading authors" quite a bit, but it's true. I haven't been reviewing very long. With that being said, let's get to this review.
First off, I would like to point out the awesome cover. It pulls you in, making you want to read it. The setup is brilliant. It is based on actual events that took place over a half-century ago, which is terrifying. I'm going to look into it after I finish this book.
In 1959, nine Russian students set off on a skiing expedition in the Ural Mountains. Their mutilated bodies were discovered weeks later. Their bizarre and unexplained deaths are one of the most enduring true mysteries of our time.
Podcast host Nat McPherson gathers a team of ski hikers to find out what really happened in Dyatlov Pass. Some of the team members are suspect. They are a bit shady and self-centered, which adds to the tension in the book. The backdrop of the Ural Mountains sets the tone of the book. The expedition gets off to a terrible start and gets worse from there.
RETURN TO DYATLOV PASS is one of my favorite reads so far this year. J.H. Moncrieff transports you onto the mountains along with the expedition team. The expedition team is diverse, and each character has depth. The author lightens the mood with sarcastic and witty dialogue. As the tension mounts, J.H. Moncrieff does a great job of exploring the different personalities of the team and how the characters deal with their dire situation.
J.H. Moncrieff delivers one of the best third acts I've ever read in a book. The ending is incredible. My jaw hit the floor and I couldn't stop thinking about it. The ending is that good. It will leave you with a smile on your face. It's one of the best endings ever.
RETURN TO DYATLOV PASS is a nail-biter. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book should be optioned. I would love to see it in the theater.
If you like THE TERROR, then this book is right for you. If you like creature features by Hunter Shea, Jason Parent, Michael Patrick Hicks, or Tim Meyer, then you will enjoy this book.