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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  8,521 ratings  ·  1,233 reviews
Four lost hikers are about to discover they’re capable of something extraordinary.

Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her m
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 14th 2015)
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Cathy I'm answering my own comment! Lol. I just pre-ordered The Mountain Story and eagerly await it's arrival to my iBooks! Congratulations on your new…moreI'm answering my own comment! Lol. I just pre-ordered The Mountain Story and eagerly await it's arrival to my iBooks! Congratulations on your new novel Lori! I have no doubt that I will love it just like every one of your other books. Keep up the amazing work. :-)
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Kade I interpreted it as some sort of force sexual act, based on the precedent that Lansens lays out shortly before about some sort of romantic connotation…moreI interpreted it as some sort of force sexual act, based on the precedent that Lansens lays out shortly before about some sort of romantic connotation to this 'father figure' and Wolf's mother.(less)

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Carol
Wow! I was totally immersed in this story of survival from beginning to end!

Wilfred (Wolf) Truly has had an unbelievably sad and rough life in his short eighteen years......the traumatic loss of his mother, the utter abandonment of his low-life piece of sh*t philandering drunk of a father, (I did not like Frankie) and the thought of losing his one true friend in the world (Byrd) has literally sent Wolf over the edge.

With one final trip to the top of Angel's Peak, Wolf plans to end his misery and

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Diane S ☔
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few months back I started a spate of novels, that I ended up putting aside. My way of having reader's block, having a hard time finding something to grab me right off. Bit, I knew some of these I would want to go back and this was one, after all I usually love this author, so I had to trust she wouldn't write a book I didn't want to read, would she? Of course not and she didn't.

When I picked this book back up I was totally fascinated, hooked by the story of Wolf and his despicable father, and
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Bill
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I won a copy of The Mountain Story in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my fair and honest review!

Rock Solid 4 Stars

July 19: A very impressive finish after a somewhat slow 100 opening pages … ramped up quickly and vigorously thereafter into a very strong close. Not sure ... 3.5 or 4.0? I need to sleep on it!

July 20: I slept on the story and this morning landed on a strong 4☆ rating! The author so masterfully ratcheted this thing up from a resolute, determined afternoon hike to a life and death strug
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☮Karen
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's what first attracted me to this book.  Many  years ago, we spent  a long, sweltering Labor Day weekend in the Palm Springs desert, and learned that the only enjoyable outdoor activity that  time of year with temps around 114 every single day, besides sipping cocktails in the pool, was to take the tram up into the San Jacinto mountains.  The tram ride (like a small train car dangling precariously from a cable, surrounded by rocks, cliffs, caverns, and crevices) terrified me--I think I had ...more
Book of Secrets
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by this book. I was expecting a survival story, action/adventure, but it was so much more. Deeper, moving, and heartrending. The writing was lovely. Definitely a tale that sticks with you.

The book is written as a letter from Wolf to his son Daniel, as he prepares to leave for college. It's been twenty years since Wolf was lost on the mountain with three other people, and not everyone returned home. Wolf feels that Daniel is old enough now to know the truth.

The Mountain Story isn'
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Susan
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was quite excited to receive the ARC for this book as I loved Rush Home Road and The Girls. This book disappointed me - the writing is not up to her previous efforts and could have been edited much better. While the characters are compelling, I never quite believed them as real people or the situation on the mountain to be real. I finished the book to find out what happened on the mountain. There was just too much that caused me to question the story line.
Jennifer Hicks
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A fantastic, brilliantly plotted survival novel. A beautifully written coming of age story. An amazing character exploration. Each of these is rare enough, but imagine finding all three rolled into one book? That's what Lori Lansens' The Mountain Story was to me. I'm a longtime fan of Lansens', from the time I picked up "The Girls" on a whim at an airport before a flight. (By the way, aren't those the absolute best surprises...when you know nothing about a book, buy it and fall in love with it?) ...more
Gina *loves sunshine*
My take - if this is your favorite genre - I think this book is a good read and you should add it to your list!! This is not my favorite genre, so when I read this type of general fiction/light thriller I really expect to be blown away....I know, I know it's a really high expectation, LOL! But, I'm keeping it!

This book started out pretty riveting - you get a little background of the main character Wolf, why he's at his current hiking spot, you are introduced to the group that is with him, and t
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Ron S
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lansens does well with dialogue and the interior thought processes of her main protagonist in this story about three generations of women lost on a mountain with an 18 year old that's gone there to commit suicide. Unfortunately the descriptions of the physical environment are poor and the overall story feels like something cooked up to meet a creative writing class project deadline at the eleventh hour. While I very much wanted to enjoy this book, Lansen just didn't pull it off for me.
Perri
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2015
Survival, coming of age, sacrifice, friendship, suspense,a hint of mysticism-mid year and this is my favorite read of 2015.
Melissa Crytzer Fry
I’m a nature girl, so I was greatly anticipating this read. In the end, it was a good, solid story. The characters have interesting backgrounds, the setting is ripe for adrenaline-pumping action. Toward the latter half of the book, the author does a tremendous job of whisking the reader through pages of intense emotion and danger.

And yet for me personally, there was a bit of disconnect to the situation and the characters, themselves. I didn’t begin to engage until the halfway point, and even the
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Lisa
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Lori Lansens book and it won't be my last. I thought this was a great story that combined coming of age, grief, getting lost on a mountain, regrets, love and the ultimate sacrifice.
Carole
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out a bit slow, but it really picks up in the last quarter. It's the story of Wolf, who goes up the mountain with no intention of coming back alive. It's about his best friend, Byrd, and the relationship Wolf has with his father. On the mountain, Wolf meets 3 women who are lost. Stranded together, they form a very close bond, borne of the hardest circumstances endured together.
I kept thinking what a great movie this would make! I didn't read "Wild", but saw the movie. If you li
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Linda
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me anything that is outdoorsy, about Nature, about hiking and I'm there. However, this one was far beyond that.

Lori Lansens gets beneath the skin of her main character, Wolf, and we are absolutely along for the ride. Young Wolf has had a childhood sauteed in neglect, rejection, and bottomless grief. His father, Frankie, wears his ineptness like a badge of honor. His idolized mother died when he was very young and her memories are angelic with the fragrance of lemons and wrapped simply in a
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jo
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trauma, audio
whoa this book. who knew you were so incredibly good, lori lansens?
Jennifer
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books, canadian
so, probably 4.5-stars. i was completely caught up in this story! i find lansens to be a beautiful writer - she takes on really tough themes, is great at weaving her storylines together, and sustains a very lyrical quality to her prose. lansens is an author i adore, and she is skilled at breaking my heart, yet filling it up again -- without teetering into the schlocky or (badly) sentimental. at its heart, a survival tale, the mountain story was harrowing at moments. but the heart and sensitivity ...more
Christine
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
“Dear Daniel, A person has to have lived a little to appreciate a survival story. That’s what I’ve always said, and I promised that when you were old enough, I’d tell you mine.”

So begins the letter from a father to his son telling the story of Wolf Truly’s life and the five unforgettable days and nights he spent on the (always unnamed) Mountain.

Life had never been kind to Wolf and when it became more cruel than he thought he could bear Wolf intended to climb to Angel’s Peak at the top of the Mo
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Victoria
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, lit-fic
Each of Lansens' earlier novels, I have greatly enjoyed - starting in 2009 when I read The Girls. My anticipation for this latest novel is pretty high, too, considering it has been three years since the release of The Wife's Tale. On its face, this is a survival story of five days in the mountain above Palm Springs, CA. The book is framed around a letter from Wolf Truly to his son, Daniel, as he goes away to college and Wolf feels like he can finally share the true story of all that transpired w ...more
Debra
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this was book was good not great. I liked the premise that this book is really a letter written by a father to his son. I had read many reviews on the book and had very high hopes for it. Maybe my hopes were too high. I do like how the story unfolded and we learn about each character in this coming of age story. Each character is unique and Wolf's back story is told throughout the book. There is a reveal at the end but even that didn't have too much flash or zing for me.
Kelly
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The Mountain Story is a story of survival and so much more. On his 18th birthday, Wolf heads to a mountain to take his life. His plans are thwarted when he tries to help 3 women find their way to the Secret Lake and they become lost in the wilderness. The survival story is riveting, but Wolf's backstory is also riveting. I have been a huge fan of Lori Lansens since reading "The Girls" 2 years ago.
Audrey Martel
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coup de coeur !
Krista
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, can-con
Dear Daniel,

A person has to have lived a little to appreciate a survival story. That's what I've always said, and I promised that when you were old enough, I'd tell you mine. It's no tale for a child, but you're not a child anymore. You're older now than I was when I got lost in the mountain wilderness.

Five days in the freezing cold without food or water or shelter. You know that part, and you know that I was with three strangers, and that not everyone survived. What happened up there changed
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Kathy
Lori Lansens wrote one of my favorite books, The Girls. It's a book that I try to get everyone I know to read. She doesn't produce a book every year and not nearly often enough, in my opinion. But, when she does put another book out there, I always want to read it. I am a little behind in my reading, so I just got to The Mountain Story, released last year. It was, of course, one I should have read sooner, because, well, it met all my expectations of an incredible story. There is man vs. nature a ...more
Barbara
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, I read – and loved – “The Girls,” so when I saw that its author, Lori Lansens, had a new book out, I quickly bought it. Good move, Barbara. I was drawn into the story on the first page and stayed there to the last. The plot caught me up and held me tight, much as the eponymous mountain did the four main characters.

The book is well written, rich in realistic and clever dialogue, prose that is picturesque without being pretentious, and perfect pacing. I liked the main character,
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Carol
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the mountain, bad judgement and bad luck are the order of the day and your heart will be in your throat as the inevitability of death draws ever closer to one young man and three generations of city women lost in a very real and dangerous mountain wilderness


Wolf’s personal story is told in sections that take us from his childhood to the “now” moments of the book, allowing us to understand what brought him to the mountain in a suicidal frame of mind.

I enjoyed the way the author wove the two s
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Sharon Huether
I won this book from Goodreads first reads. This was a mountain top experience. Memories, ghosts and reality all mixed together in this adventurois story.
Nola, Bridget, Vonn and Wolf ride the tram to the mountain top. Plans were to spread ashes of Nola's departed husband. Plans changed. They were fighting with the elements for survival. 5 days on the mountain. Search and rescue found them except one member of the family . Great story. I highly recommend it.
Mich
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like this author a lot. This did not disappoint. Not a light read by far. Would def recommend this one. Yea!! I love when I read a good book!!
Kerry *Soulcaster*
*4 stars*
The hook: Five Days. Four Lost Hikers. Three Survivors. Of course I was guessing the whole time which character was going to bite the dust.

The surprising thing about this book is that it's not just a typical survival story. Sure, it's suspenseful and full of the things that I was expecting - harsh weather conditions, brutal injuries, sheer cliffs, coyotes, vultures and rattlesnakes. However, where Lori Lansens excels is in the careful development of her characters and her plot, as well
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Mary Vensel White
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On his eighteenth birthday, Wolf Truly boards the tram that takes tourists up the mountain overlooking Palm Springs. He loves the mountain and has spent many happy hours on it, shooting nature photographs with his best friend Byrd and avoiding his unhappy home life. This is to be his last visit; he plans to end his life on this day. But the universe has other plans, and Wolf soon finds himself entwined with a trio of women who have a mountain quest of their own. After an unlucky chain of events, ...more
Beth
I enjoyed The Girls and Rush Home Road by this author, so was happy to snag this new one from a stack of ARC books I had the chance to pick from.

This is one of those stories that made me think, which I like. I had no idea that such a large mountain existed outside of Palm Springs, with such diverse biomes and high elevations. Having lived in Tucson, though, I can understand the concept of going from desert to pine trees in a short period of time (as there are similar mountains there). I'm just n
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Lori Lansens was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, a small Canadian town with a remarkable history as a terminus on the Underground Railroad, which became the setting for her first three bestselling novels. After living in downtown Toronto most of her adult life, she moved with her family to the Santa Monica mountains near Los Angeles in 2006. A couple of years ago she relocated with her child ...more
“When you get older you think of sadness in a different way. You don't judge it so harshly.” 7 likes
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