In Zoje Stage’s Getaway, on sale this week, three friends set off on a hike into the Grand Canyon—only to discover it’s not so easy to leave the world behind.
It was supposed to be the perfect week away…
Imogen and Beck, two sisters who couldn’t be more different, have been friends with Tilda since high school. Once inseparable, over two decades the women have grown apart. But after Imogen survives a traumatic attack, Beck suggests they all reunite to hike deep into the Grand Canyon’s backcountry. A week away, secluded in nature… surely it’s just what they need.
But as the terrain grows tougher, tensions from their shared past bubble up. And when supplies begin to disappear, it becomes clear secrets aren’t the only thing they’re being stalked by. As friendship and survival collide with an unspeakable evil, Getaway becomes another riveting thriller from a growing master of suspense and a “literary horror writer on the rise” (BookPage).
They tell you to write what you know, which is somewhat more challenging when your subject matter tends more towards murder and mayhem. But it’s advice that works its way into fictional narratives in somewhat unexpected ways. Below, in three exclusive videos, author Zoje Stage walks us through the some of the equipment used by Imogen, Beck, and Tilda in Getaway, much of which is based on Stage’s own equipment from when she and her family would take long backpacking trips. If, like me, you’re a reader who prefers fictional hikes to real ones, you’ll find this illustrative – and if you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll find a kindred spirit in Stage: