A great debut novel! Very well written, emotional and partially based on a real event. The Dyatlov Pass Incident, took place in 1959. There were nine Russian men who set out to hike Mount Ortoren. When the book starts out there is a Mom essentially explaining to a child about the cemetery and showing the graves of some she knew. It follows Anna, who is a 20 year old physics major, while she meets and falls in love with Rustem. He is a perfect specimen and very athletic. I loved the Rustem character a lot more than I did Anna. He was very charming and while I want to see Anna falling head first in love it was something I wasnt sure about.
A very well told story with several reveals that force you to keep turning the pages. I liked the way the author told the story as opposed to talking at the reader. I felt there was a lot of details that she gave to make the scenery more believable. Overall a very well told story that will have you hooked! Enjoy
E.K. Hughes was born in McComb, MS in 1976. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2001 from the University of Southern Mississippi and went on to teach elementary music for several years. She lives in Brandon, MS and is married with two furbabies. Looking Beyond the Pass is her first novel.