This book is part finding yourself, part modern romance and part heart-thumping thriller, all under the majesty of Yosemite National Park.

The Middle of Somewhere (Berkley) is a gripping book. Do not start reading it late at night or you will not go to bed. It’ll be one of those books where you say, “Just one more chapter…” and then you’ll be sleepless.

But first: Picture Yosemite.

Half Dome. Yosemite Valley. Mariposa Grove. Mirror Lake. Tenaya Lake. Bridal Veil and Horsetail waterfalls. Meadows. Rivers. Wildflowers. Bears. (Don’t imagine the throngs of tourists.)

Now picture a young woman, with her boyfriend, hiking for three weeks, one trail after another, one splendid, glorious natural scene after another… and then add a little terror to the whole scene. Unexpected, twisty, terror.

I won’t tell you what the terror is, but it’ll grab you by the throat.  You just can’t put this book down. I didn’t see this particular event coming, which made it all the better.  It’s a surprise. It’s like a curve in the road and all of a sudden you’re face to face with a black bear who is hungry and staring and growling at you as if you are dinner. No, no. The suspense does not come from a black bear, but you get the picture.

Liz Kroft, our protagonist, is young and widowed. Plus, she has secrets that haunt her. She has a past she’s hiding. She’s troubled. She needs to re-find herself, she needs to put herself back together, and a long hike into the backwoods seems like the thing to do. But then Dante, her boyfriend, comes along.

Think about it: Hiking out into the wilderness with a man. At the end of the trail, you’ll either be closer or you’ll want to wring his neck. Three weeks. No showers. No heat. A tent. Maybe bugs. Hiking mile after mile. Tired. Blistered. And… happy, rested, thrilled to be in Yosemite.

But while you’re hiking, the truth will come out about you, and him, and the two of you together. This book is about relationships and it asks many questions that many of us have asked ourselves. You know those questions: The hard ones.

Hiking past one meadow, mountain peak, shining lake, or a rushing river, Liz sets off on her journey, a journey she could not have predicted, could not have imagined.

As I said, read this book. Just don’t start it late at night or you won’t sleep. Best bet: Go to Yosemite and read it there, right in the middle of the valley, Half-Dome towering over you.

The Middle of Somewhere is now available.

 

About Sonja Yoerg

Sonja Yoerg grew up in Stowe, Vermont where she financed her college education by waitressing at the Trapp Family Lodge. She earned a Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and wrote a nonfiction book about animal intelligence, Clever as a Fox. Sonja is the author of four novels: House BrokenMiddle of SomewhereAll the Best People, and the upcoming True Places. When she’s not traipsing around the world with her husband,  Sonja can be found in her garden overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.