THE HIKE by Sarah Gribble is far better than I expected. I thought it would be a group of people getting attacked by a werewolf, but it's so much worse, and there's far more to the story.
The author does a fantastic job of developing her characters in just a few pages. Andy is an alpha male who thinks he's an expert, Jay is a people-pleaser, and Katy is a groupie. I almost felt bad for Dee, but it's hard to feel sympathy for someone willingly going into a desert with a wicked sunburn from a previous outing.
So many things go wrong during their hike, by the time the group realizes they are being followed...let's just say, there are worse things than dying, as Gribble creates a pain and suffering which is sure to get under your skin.