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THE WHITE ROAD

Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, ‘Journey to the Dark Side’, ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he’s hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth’s bowels goes viral.

Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death: a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he’ll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy — a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him — and anyone who views the footage he captures — forever.


PRESS

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REVIEWS

A terrifying tale of unparalleled danger, both physical and mental, The White Road will keep you guessing (and scared) until the very end. BUSTLE

If you're looking for a fun, creepy, adventurous summer read, this is it! BOOK RIOT

Oustanding . . . Lotz excels at making you feel like you're there . . . Fans of Dan Simmons's The Terror will be pleased. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

An expertly fashioned, spine-tingling account of danger, both physical and mental. BOOKLIST

Dark and unsettling . . . Lotz knows how to develop suspense and horror . . . The supernatural elements keep one engaged and guessing. KIRKUS REVIEWS

Skilled at creating real-world scenarios and imbuing them with a steadily growing feeling of danger and terror, Lotz brings readers to Everest, where the line between altitude-induced hallucinations and actual supernatural events may be very thin. A solid pick for readers who enjoy modern horror by Dean Koontz and Stephen King. LIBRARY JOURNAL

Both characters risk spooky fates on the mountain that are made all the more vivid by Lotz's ability to get on the printed page the terrors of high climbing in the most exact language. TORONTO STAR

An incredibly creepy and effective standalone novel that I read through in one sitting . . . A chillingly effective and haunting tale. SCI-FI BULLETIN

The White Road is a roller-coaster ride with intriguing psychological depth. CRIME FICTION LOVER

The White Road will creep under your skin . . . Lotz has cemented herself as one of my favourite horror authors with this book. The characters are real and fascinating. The book is just downright creepy! I love it! The dark sense of humour that is layered throughout is one of the things that makes her work so memorable and enjoyable for me . . . I really can't recommend this book enough. ***** THE SPECULATIVE HERALD

Sarah Lotz's descriptions of the oppressive darkness and unbearably cramped spaces stirred up some of my deepest fears . . . A master of the horror genre, Sarah Lotz's talents were especially in clear evidence in this novel with its atmosphere of tangible suspense and pure, icy terror. Thoroughly entertaining and astonishingly realistic, The White Road is a gripping, high-climbing thriller that will creep its way under your skin and stay with you for a very long time (. . . like fingers in your heart). THE BIBLIO SANCTUM

Lotz manages to take that fear of mine and transfer it to the top of the world. Damn, she’s good. Thankfully, I’ve no plans to be going up any mountains any time soon . . . Combine all this with the pressure of viral social media celebrity and strained relationships and Lotz has put together a modern ghost(?) story that sends chills up your spine whilst sending you on an extreme adventure holiday. THE DUST LOUNGE