Answer: Zach Sutton, his brother Chris and a Field Trip
Book Review of The Ridge by Nick Hupton
Zach Sutton’s brother has been missing for a year. His disappearance is a mystery. Not even the police have been able to track him down. But when Zach visits the Minnesota north woods on a school field trip, he begins to uncover clues that deepen his curiosity and may just lead him to his brother. The Ridge is a paranormal mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Zach through this captivating adventure.
What I Loved
- The Pacing was Perfect – The story moved just fast enough that I was propelled along quickly and I never got bored, but not so fast the tension and anticipation of the mystery didn’t built a bit.
- The Writing was Clean – Kids talked like kids, adults talked like adults, teachers talked like teachers… The language wasn’t overly descriptive; some people might not like that because it left a lot to the imagination, but I thought that was perfect for a slightly spooky story treading deep into the woods, also it meant I never got tripped up in the language and was able to focus just on the story.
- Zach’s Best Friend – This guy could have easily been just your typical sidekick, but he got to be a real hero instead. He’s there for his buddy: he rushes off to save the day, literally walks through fire to save his friends, comes up with a rescue plan, and it’s clear from the start he’s going to be the one to get the girl.
- Zach’s Dad – Zach’s dad was the character I found the least believable, but weirdly, he still worked for me. Zach’s dad does some things a parent would be pretty unlikely to do, like sending Zack off to face a highly dangerous situation on all his own. But while it’s unlikely that a father’s character would actually do this, it’s perfectly natural for a kid Zach’s age to perceive his father as someone who would, and while written in third person, this story is clearly told from Zach’s Point of View.
What I Didn’t Love
- While the story itself was great, and the characters were believable, I didn’t always find their actions believable. Sometimes I needed to suspend disbelief for a bit, and just couldn’t quite get there. For instance, It’s easy enough to imagine a couple of kids wandering off for unspecified reasons, and I’m also willing to believe a classmate would go looking for them (knowing full well the adults are already searching) thinking he had some special insight into where they were, but the idea that two more would then follow, knowing they were headed into a dangerous storm, instead of just reporting the new kid missing – I couldn’t quite get there. There were a few more examples like that scattered throughout the book where I turned a page and felt sure the next desired plot point could have been reached in a more artful manner.
I’m giving this novel 3 out of 5 stars!
For being the perfect thing to read on a snowy winter morning with a cup of coco. Solid entertainment – not too heavy not too scary. It has a few flaws, but it’s a good read and it makes you want to stay inside and cozy up with a blanket, which is how you know Nick Hupton did a good job depicting the woods – you do not want to be stuck out there with those kids!