About the Book
Author: Robin Patchen
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Suspense
Release Date: July 18, 2023
A car accident that might not be an accident at all. A murderer bent on revenge. And a woman desperate to keep her family together.
She’s already lost her soul mate. She’ll do anything to protect her children.
For the sake of her kids, Camilla Wright managed to survive after her husband’s murder. When she’s awakened in the night with the news that her teenage son and nephew have been in a horrific car accident, she rushes to the hospital in a haze of shock and panic.
The boys were supposed to be skiing in the mountains east of Salt Lake City. What were they doing so far west? More alarming, the wreck might not have been an accident at all.
While Jeremy fights for his life, Camilla is running out of time to discover who lured her son and her nephew into the desert. With each new clue, the terrifying truth becomes clearer.
Her husband’s killers are closing in…
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This is a good novel touching on the possible outcome of testifying against a murderer. There is suspense at the very beginning and again at the very end. Most of the novel features the thoughts, feelings and actions of Camilla as she deals with caring for her family in the absence of her husband. There are hints of threat to her well being and it finally happens about two thirds of the way through.
The plot contains scenes of hospital trauma which might be triggers to some readers. The structure of the plot includes backstory of a sort in the form of letters written earlier and read in the current time. Patchen touches on the issue of dedicated work to save others to the extent of leaving one's own family without the support of both parents.
This is a good novel in a continuing saga but reads well on its own. It is good for readers who like an emphasis on character thought and feelings, including the tension of a man wanting to change the love focus of Camilla from her absent husband to himself.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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It was Monday, July 16, 2018, at about nine-thirty at night.
I was home with my husband and daughter, watching TV, when my sister called. Since my son was visiting her family in Utah, I rushed to pick up.
“Robin,” my sister said. “The boys have been in a terrible accident. They’re being life-flighted to Salt Lake City. They’re both alive. That’s all I know.”
My knees hit the floor. Then I was lying prone on my kitchen tile. Ninety-nine percent of me was thinking, Oh, God. Please, please…
Nine-tenths of one percent was thinking, Why am I on the floor?
And I’ll be honest. About one-tenth of a percent was thinking, When was the last time I mopped?
Such are the inner workings of a human mind in the midst of tragedy.
The next twelve hours were chaos. We needed to get from our Oklahoma home to Salt Lake as soon as possible. We found a flight that left at eight a.m. and booked it.
And then we waited.
While the minutes ticked past in slow motion, we got occasional updates on the boys’ condition. Joshua, my nephew, had a head injury and trauma to his gut.
Jacob, my son, had severe lung damage. Severe enough that, as soon as he arrived at the ER, they intubated him.
Both boys were transferred to the ICU and pronounced stable.
When my husband and I arrived the following morning, we saw Jacob. A tube down his throat. Tape across his face. Scrapes and cuts and bruises all over his upper body. One arm in a plaster cast from his biceps to his fingertips. Unconscious.
And then the hard part began.
The boys’ accident was such a unique and life-altering event in our lives. Watching a cherished child battle for his life, not knowing if he’ll win or lose, is like nothing you can imagine.
Or maybe you can. Maybe you’ve experienced something similar. People are in car accidents every single day. And motorcycle accidents. And other accidents.
And there are illness and addictions and mental health struggles. The list goes on and on.
If you’ve dealt with any of those, then your trauma was probably very different from ours. And yet, you and I could probably find a lot in common. The fear. The surreal moments. The pendulum swinging between hope and helplessness.
The constant litany of prayers.
We were fortunate. Our son and our nephew both survived and recovered. When we were on the other side, I knew I’d write about the experience someday.
And so…I did.
A Mountain Too Steep tells the story of two boys in a car accident in the middle of the Utah desert. The physical trauma the boys experienced is almost exactly what our boys endured.
The rest of the story is purely fictional, thank God. I like a little danger in my life—safe danger. Let’s leave the vengeful gang members in the realm of fiction, shall we?
I cried throughout the writing. And the editing. And the rereading. Even though five years have passed, the memories are still fresh.
Tears aside, I love this story. It’s about a woman whose husband was murdered, a widow who’s endured her own nightmare and who’ll do anything, anything, to protect her children.
I think you’re going to like it.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)