Tracker’s Canyon by Pam Withers
Published July 22, 2017 by Dundurn
Genres Fiction, YA
When Tristan’s dad disappears, he puts his tracking skills to the test to find him — but will Tristan’s talents save him if it turns out to be a trap? Thanks to his dad’s coaching, sixteen-year-old Tristan is one of the best climbers and trackers in his community. He can read footprints and bushes like they’re security-camera footage, and fearlessly descend rock faces and waterfalls. So when his father disappears, leaving his mother too grief-stricken to function, the young canyoneer’s life goes into free fall.
Left in the hands of a well-meaning but incompetent uncle and a space-cadet housekeeper, Tristan finds life a struggle no matter how hard he works. Finding himself near the end of his rope at home, the teen decides to set off into Swallow Canyon in search of his father — only to realize that someone seems to be out to get him. Now the question is who’s stalking whom, and are Tristan’s skills up to the dangerous game playing out in the deep, shadowy ravine?
The book is told from 16 year old Tristan’s point of view and the first half of the book introduces us to what is going on in his life and what happened to his father. We also meet his mother, who is still very grief stricken even after so many months and his uncle. The second half of the book follows Tristan as he heads back out to Swallow Canyon in an attempt to figure out what happened to his father, using the tracking and climbing skills he has acquired. The first half of the book was a bit slow for me, but I really enjoyed the second half. I really enjoy wilderness survival type books and I have to say I have to found many of them in the fiction genre. Without giving away any spoilers, Tristan does find out what happened to his father towards the end of the book. This was a quick read and I really enjoyed the action filled adventuring into the wilderness in the second half of the book. Although a bit slow in the beginning, the plot moves along pretty quickly after that and the author provides with a lot of detail in the second half as Tristan is hiking and climbing through the canyon. Overall, it was fun and easy read.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.