The Hike

By | September 6, 2022

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?


“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

“A deliciously dark mystery about warring sisters, their duplicitous husbands, and a hike that ends in murder. With a cast of gloriously unlikeable characters, any one of them could be the murderer, and any of them could be dead. Chock full of secrets, lies, resentment and revenge, The Hike kept me guessing until the last page.” —CL Taylor, author of The Guilty Couple

“I devoured The Hike in a couple of days. Smart, pacy, and packed full of twists that’ll keep you guessing. A really fantastic read.” —Lisa Gray, author of the Jessica Shaw series

“Susi Holliday transports us to an engrossing, vertigo-inducing alpine setting with a deliciously remorseless cast of characters that will have you constantly watching your back!” —Heleen Kist, author of What I Hid From You

“I finished this at 5.30am, and could barely tear myself away from this thriller about two couples who go on a deadly hike. Congratulations on this cast of thoroughly nasty characters, a fascinating detective and a drop-dead gorgeous setting. My favourite Susi Holliday book so far.” —Fiona Cummins, author of Into the Dark

“Dark and devious, with an ending that completely wrong-footed me!” —Fergus McNeill, author of Up Close and Fatal

The Hike is a dark journey into the past and the future. Full of twists and shocking reveals, I loved the beautifully evocative landscape and the well-drawn characters.” —Ed James, author of Lost Cause

“Dark and twisty, suffused with smouldering tension and deceit.” —Emma Haughton, author of The Dark

“As twisty as a bag full of snakes and with just as much bite.” —C.S. Green, author of The Whisper House

“An expertly paced, relentless thriller. Love the red herrings and it genuinely kept me guessing right up until the last page.” —John Marrs, author of What Lies Between Us

“So pacy and compelling, and a great twist that I totally didn’t see coming. It deserves to be huge.” —Louise Voss, author of His Other Woman

“A dark and gripping tale about toxic sisters and marital disharmony, set on an alpine hike. It’s a wonder these people chose to go on holiday together and by the end most of them will have wished they hadn’t. With more twists and turns than a mountain path, this story will have you turning the pages at breakneck speed and keep you guessing every step of the way.” —Amanda Jennings, author of The Haven

“Pacy, addictive and filled with suspense, The Hike kept me guessing until the final page. Each treacherous stride along the mountain trail led me deeper into a tangled web of deception, among unscrupulous characters hiding dark secrets. A twisty tale of revenge, lies and murder! Highly recommended!” —Victoria Goldman, author of The Redeemer

“Creepy, atmospheric and absolutely gripping, The Hike kept me guessing until the last page! Highly recommended!” —Jane Isaac, author of One Fatal Secret

“Such unpleasant people, yet Holliday still somehow has us caring what happens to them. Cat is one of the biggest literary pieces of work since Amy in Gone Girl.” —Julia Crouch, author of The Daughters

“In The Hike, Susi Holliday transports us to an engrossing, vertigo-inducing alpine setting with a deliciously remorseless cast of characters that will have you constantly watching your back.” —Heleen Kist, author of What I Hid from You

The Hike is one of the most gripping and darkest thrillers I’ve read in years and I adored it. Think Highsmith, Hitchcock & Gillian Flynn in a blender.” —Derek Farrell, author of The Danny Bird Mysteries

Wild meets Gone Girl in this breathlessly entertaining thriller, featuring toxic characters doing terrible things in a beautiful setting. Loved it.” —Mark Edwards, author of No Place to Run

“What a ride! I barely breathed reading this. The novel sets up the action quickly and never lets up. Twists and turns like a rollercoaster. You think you’re on solid ground, then bam! Loved it!” —Rachael Blok, author of The Fall

The Hike is exactly what you expect from Susi Holiday. The characters are complex and well-written, the setting is picture perfect and so well described you feel like you are there. The twists and turns are endless and wind their way to a ferocious climax! I love Susi’s writing, and already cannot wait for what comes next!” —Chris McDonald, author of The Stonebridge Mysteries

“Wow! Just finished this corker by Susi Holliday. The Hike is the definition of a page-turner with enough twists to leave you giddy. Be warned—you’ll want to read this in one sitting.” —Teresa Driscoll, author of Her Perfect Family

From the Publisher

Have you ever felt that sudden drop in your stomach and quickening of your breath when you look down from a dizzying height? There are moments in The Hike where I felt that lurch. When I felt everything I thought I knew about the characters being ripped out from under me.

Cat and Ginny have planned some much-needed bonding time for themselves and their husbands—summertime hiking in the Swiss Alps, followed by champagne and relaxing evenings. But what starts out as the picture-perfect vacation quickly descends into a nightmare. As they climb higher, the tension between the two couples builds until it is bursting at the seams; old grudges rise to the surface and new secrets are spilled. When two of the hikers are involved in a tragic accident high up in the mountains, the remaining two are left to make it back to ground zero. But the question is, Who survives? And what really caused the accident?

Despite the open expanse of the summertime Swiss Alps, the creeping, claustrophobic tension claws at you as two timelines reveal not just what happened but who it happened to. Susi Holliday is the queen of the twist, and you’re guaranteed to be kept guessing until the very last page.

—Victoria Haslam, Editor

About the Author

Susi Holliday grew up near Edinburgh and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years before she started writing. A lifelong fan of crime and horror, her short stories have been published in various places, and she was shortlisted for the inaugural CWA Margery Allingham Prize. She is the acclaimed author of nine novels and a novella. The film adaptation of her Trans-Siberian-set psychological thriller Violet is currently in development.

As well as working, reading, writing, walking and drinking tea, Susi provides mentoring for new crime writers via

You can find out more at her website,, on Facebook at, on Twitter @SJIHolliday, and on Instagram @susijholliday.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QCMRPZ7
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (October 1, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3270 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 266 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542035341

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