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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  718 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Adrenaline junkie Simon Newman sneaks onto private land to explore a dangerous cave in Wales with a strange man he's met online. But Simon gets more than he bargained for when the expedition goes horribly wrong. Simon emerges, the only survivor, after a rainstorm trap the two in the cave. Simon thinks he's had a lucky escape.

But his video of his near-death experience has j
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 4th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published May 1st 2017)
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Mark No. Unless I missed any little Easter eggs, I didn't see any connections to the previous books. But it's a great stand-alone book, so I recommend it!
Asteropê I'm sure you've seen it since asking? If not here it is:

A cutting-edge thriller about one man's quest to discover horror lurking at the top of the
I'm sure you've seen it since asking? If not here it is:

A cutting-edge thriller about one man's quest to discover horror lurking at the top of the world.

Desperate to attract subscribers to his fledgling website, 'Journey to the Dark Side', ex-adrenalin junkie and slacker Simon Newman hires someone to guide him through the notorious Cwm Pot caves, so that he can film the journey and put it on the internet. With a tragic history, Cwm Pot has been off-limits for decades, and unfortunately for Simon, the guide he's hired is as unpredictable and dangerous as the watery caverns that lurk beneath the earth. After a brutal struggle for survival, Simon barely escapes with his life, but predictably, the gruesome footage he managed to collect down in the earth's bowels goes viral. Ignoring the warning signs of mental trauma, and eager to capitalize on his new internet fame, Simon latches onto another escapade that has that magic click-bait mix of danger and death - a trip to Everest. But up above 8000 feet, in the infamous Death Zone, he'll need more than his dubious morals and wits to guide him, especially when he uncovers the truth behind a decade-old tragedy - a truth that means he might not be coming back alive. A truth that will change him - and anyone who views the footage he captures - forever.
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*Thank you to Shotsmag for my paper copy for which I have given an honest review *

“Who is the third who walks always beside you?

When I count, there are only you and I together

But when I look ahead up the white road

There is always another one walking beside you

Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded

I do not know whether a man or a woman

-But who is that on the other side of you?”

T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems

Simon Newman is described as an 'adrenalin junkie' (though in realit
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-in-2017
3.5 stars
Who is the third who walks always beside you?

If you've read Sarah Lotz, you know that her books sometimes get a little off-kilter in the best of ways. This one goes a bit in the direction of, I guess the best way to describe it would be: ghost story. It has an eerie horror feel where you'll end up thinking is creeping up behind you. Plus Lotz's usual atmospheric feel is present. When Simon explores the caves, I felt like I was venturing into the narrow caves with the cold rising wate
Liz Barnsley
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love Sarah Lotz. I've loved them all even the often maligned Day Four.

I loved this whilst being inordinately disturbed by it – you know those times where you read something or watch something and it plays on your mind for days even weeks afterwards, leaving you feeling slightly perturbed for no reason you can put your finger on. I’m a fan of books that do that – means they really have gotten under your skin.

‘Who is the third who walks always beside you?’

Yes. That.

So with “The White Road”
Edward Lorn
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n
This wasn't terrible, but certain parts were fucking annoying.

For one, the entire cast is garbage. All throwaways. Nobody you haven't read about a million times. In fact, these people are so generic the main character, Simon (or Si), thinks of them as Depressed Harry Potter and Hannibal Lecter, or other famous people. The cast? Nothing to see here.

The plot is all over the place. You start out the book with a prologue that lasts 20% of the whole book. I thought the novel was gonna be about Si in
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve always held a bit of a fascination for mountaineering stories, which is really ironic considering my deathly fear of heights. Certainly I’ve never harbored any desires to scale anything more extreme than a steep hill, which is why when I first picked up Sarah Lotz’s latest novel about death and danger on Everest, I thought there would be little chance of her “ruining” mountain climbing for me the way she put me off fr
Simon Newman is described as an 'adrenaline junkie' in the blurb, but really he's more of a drifter who lets himself be persuaded into risky stunts by his best mate Thierry. (The two of them run a website, 'Journey to the Dark Side', a pre-clickbait-era 'geek' forum which has attained moderate popularity due to Simon and Thierry's penchant for adding their own commentary to creepy video footage. Due to being the fitter of the two and possessing some climbing experience, Simon tends to be the gui ...more
Review from Tenacious Reader:

The White Road will creep under your skin, fill your mind with all the ghastly things and make you leery of participating in activities like, oh, let’s say caving or mountain climbing. I was totally going to go climb Everest next year, really! Never mind that I have a bum knee, a bum ankle, and maybe I’m scared of heights and also am a wimp, maybe I could have considered it anyway. But nope. Not now. None of my more rational r
Zuky the BookBum
This is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Lotz, plus it’s the first I’ve read to do with natural, mountainess horror… and I have to say I really enjoyed it! It instantly pulls you into the story, and the writing and setting instantly creates such an atmospheric, creepy and chilling feeling.

You do have to suspend belief for this novel. A man going down to do some caving is plausible, but the idea that Simon could climb Mount Everest after no professional training is just not believable. This didn
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chilly, frightening, excellent.

Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A couple of years ago I read The Three by Sarah Lotz. In all honesty, I was extremely disappointed by the book. I had wanted a serious horror read, only to be given… well, a less than pleasing read. Due to that, I held off on reading any more of her books. Then I saw a Goodreads giveaway for The White Road. I had an extremely lengthy mental debate before deciding to enter. I decided I would give her another chance, the typical chance to redeem herself. If nothing else, I wouldn’t be disappointed ...more
Poppy fairy
I'm afraid I didn't get into this book as much as I hoped for. But one of my favourite lines in the book was .... Simon December 2006. I met the man who would save my life twice and ultimately destroy it on a potholed road in the arse-end of the Welsh countryside. I particularly liked that line as it made me laugh with the words arse-end. I haven't come across that kind of word in a book, which shows how the author Sarah Lotz has a way with giving her characters a speaking voice, that readers wi ...more
Leah Bayer
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival
Who is the third who walks beside you?

3.5 stars

I am a big fan of Sarah Lotz' previous two books, The Three and Day Four. I know the latter is far from popular but I just really enjoy her weird, quirky, literary brand of horror. Everything in her books is just slightly off-kilter and surreal, the line between real-world horror and supernatural horror is excellent, and while her books tend to be large they are also very compelling. I was thrilled when we got the synopsis for The White Road because
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. Bloody. Readable.

Having enjoyed Sarah Lotz' previous two horror novels ('The Three' and 'Day Four') i was excited to hear she had a new book. I was then less excited when the advance blurb suggested it was a thriller about mountain-climbing. However, The White Road seemed pretty much like a horror to me, so I guess the marketing people were just trying to mislead those who are averse to the supernatural.

Anyway, onto the book itself. The action takes place in two main locations - a warren of
Lynn Williams
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The White Road is the second book that I’ve read by Sarah Lotz and has definitely cemented her on my list of authors I will automatically pick up. She has a knack for writing the sort of things that just give you the plain old creeps. A wonderful way of wording things that make your skin prickle and give you the feeling that you’re being watched. I simply loved this book.

At the start of the story we meet Simon Newman as he embarks on a journey through the
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Ed was either a psychopath who was toying with me for sadistic reasons or a paranoid schizophrenic.”

Neither of the two possibilities above describes someone I would like to be my guide if I were to enter unground caves – but that’s just the situation Simon finds himself in, he needs content for his website Journey to the Darkside, which he owns with his room mate, Thierry, and what could be better content than dead bodies in a cave!? After tackling the caves, there’s only one place to go next –
See, this is why I don't go caving. Although I've yet to read anything by Lotz that approaches the goods of The Three, this book gets yikes props for having one of the most gut-churning, hyperventilation-inducing scenes in an underground tunnel that I've ever read. Just thinking back on (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting psychological horror novel about The Third Man Factor (see Wikipedia article ) and a mountain climber's trip to Everest. The horror in this novel is subtle and the ending is open to the reader's interpretation - kind of like in The Turn of the Screw. It seems from the reviews that people either like this book or hate it. I have to say that the story kind of grew on me as I read it. At least it was something a bit different.
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Anyone who knows me well knows I have some pretty hard deal breaker rules. Things that I have forbade anyone in my life to participate in. The first is joining a motorcycle gang. I have watched Sons of Anarchy. I know this is bad news. The next one is going to space. Nothing good happens in space. The third, and very serious deal breaker I have, is Everest. Do not climb Everest.
Needless to say, this book helped to justify all my fears and terrify me to the core.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say
Yolanda Sfetsos
I received an ARC of this book last week. I knew nothing about the story, but the blurb sounded interesting. So I decided to give it a go.

Simon Newman a bit of an adrenaline junkie. He's also chasing a different dream every other year, and doesn't keep in touch with his family. So when he decides to hire a complete stranger to take him to a hidden cave in Wales and the footage from the horrifying incident goes viral, he agrees to chase another incredible feat: Mount Everest.

But someone--or somet
Roman Clodia
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
'Who is the third who walks always beside you?'

A good page-turner of a yarn - but if you read Michelle Paver's Thin Air last year then this book feels like a re-run.

Lotz has a brilliantly claustrophobic start as a blogger goes down into a closed-off cave system, and this is so vividly done that we feel every scrape of rock and struggled-for breath.

The later sections set on two separate attempts to climb Everest are also very well done but do feel familiar. The refrain is a line from Eliot's The
I will admit to being slightly disappointed with The White Road - perhaps my expectations were a little high.

Don't get me wrong, it is a compelling and eerie horror story of a young man who essentially trades his soul for clicks on his website and then seeks redemption, and it's incredibly atmospheric - chilling and claustrophobic.

However I found the pacing of the story to be a little off, or maybe just not what I expected? Si's attempt to climb Everest after his disastrous try at potholing di
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I absolute loved this one! It is creepy as hell and very atmospheric. I was hooked from page one. I would never ever climb into a closed cave and I would definitely never try to climb Mount Everest. But I love to read about it and it always baffles me what people are willing to suffer to do so.

I also liked the Simon who is a kind of shady character. But I liked that. I did not know about the Third Man Factor and I googled a lot about it. Very creepy. The book dragged a bit after Simon returned f
Історія ідеально лягла на внутрішні страхи. А скоріше навіть розляглася =)
Запхнути головного героя спочатку глибоко під землю у якусь печеру, а потім високо у гори, та ще й не просто на безіменний схил, а на сам Еверест - на це не кожний автор наважиться. Але Сара Лотц не просто зробила це завиграшки, вона ще й описала це все зі знанням справи, адже сама спробувала примірити на себе цей досвід та ті умови, у які так безжально закинула свого героя Саймона. І такий підхід я дуже ціную, враховуючи
Tobin Elliott
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy, fiction, horror
The thing I really dig about Sarah Lotz is her subtlety. She never goes for the big scares, and is more comfortable, more content in the area of that almost-seen grotesquery, that dark thing caught at the furthest part of your peripheral vision. And she absolutely loves to leave you guessing as to whether those half-glimpsed things are real or imagined.

At the same time, she never gives you an easy hero to love. Her characters are deeply flawed and mostly unlikable, but with a thin vein of goodne
John Wiltshire
Damn. I've just realised that I've read another by the same author (The Three) and complained bitterly about the lack of an ending--not a satisfying one, but the lack of one at all. If this one ends the same I'll be pretty annoyed. So far it's very good... creepy cave experience leads up to an equally creepy Everest climb. I guess that's what you get for trying to film a "top 10 dead bodies left in place" vlog. Dead bodies have a way of ... haunting you. You'd think there was nothing comparable ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Simon Newman and guide Ed set off to explore an 'off limits' Welsh cave, notorious for the deaths of three young men, whose bodies still remain trapped deep underground. Simon intends to film the corpses and post the footage online, hoping it will go viral. Disaster strikes and Ed is killed. Simon faces a fight for survival and is eventually rescued but, unbeknown to him, something else also emerges from the cave. Something that chillingly awaits...

‘Who is the third who walks beside you?'

Caving: the sport or pastime of exploring caves. I sort of knew this was a thing, having seen a horror movie once where a bunch of ladies did it and were eaten by monsters, so it made sense that this could also be appropiate in a horror novel. Yet I I found it hard to believe that somebody would do this for fun and googled it. Turns out that not only do sporty people everywhere enjoy the pastime of caving, the cave in the novel is a real place where people did indeed die. So now I have palpitati ...more

This was my third Sarah Lotz book & for me, it was the best one yet! I did enjoy her other two books but as far as endings go, this one had them beat!! I still think she could do better with her endings though...
Other than that, Lotz is becoming an author that I'm excited about. And she really can write her ass off! Had the whole adventure playing out like a movie inside my head throughout!
Now that's some damn good writing there...
Will also be looking into a few books by S.L. Grey
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really intense story! I literally could not put it down. I picked it up because I enjoyed Lotz's other books and I have a thing for mountain-climbing stories, and this didn't disappoint!
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I grabbed this book off NetGalley because I like Mulholland Books offerings, even though adventure thrillers aren't normally my thing. But I'm glad I started this one, as it was a wonderfully diverting summer read, the kind of book that had me impatient for lunch and putting off dinner because I had to know how things would end.

Without (hopefully) giving away too much, the novel follows two mountain climbers, Simon and Juliet, who struggle with their demons as well as their aspirations. Juliet i
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Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. Among other things, she writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg; a YA pulp-fiction zombie series, Deadlands, with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne; and quirky erotica novels with authors Helen Moffett and Paige Nick under the name Helena S. Paige. ...more
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