Book Review: “The Mountain Between Us” by Charles Martin

the mountain between us

A friend recently lent me “The Mountain Between Us”.

We often share similar tastes in books, so I was looking forward to it. And up to a point, I did enjoy this book.

I kept reading to find out what happened to Ashley and Ben, two strangers thrown together after a plane crash in a remote snowy region. Would they make it safely back to civilisation? Was there any situation that survival expert Ben couldn’t cope with?

The plot at times does stretch credibility, but my main problem with this book was the utterly perfect romance between Ben and Rachel, his wife, which was much too schmaltzy and idealised for my liking. I also guessed the “twist” quite early on. This made the conclusion, I have to admit, laughable rather than the heart-rending scene I’m sure the writer was aiming for.

Lots of readers must have disagreed with me, as the book was made into a film in 2017 starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.

Sadly, even those illustrious names couldn’t save the movie from some seriously bad reviews.

I recently read a survival story that I liked much better — The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens.

It has a similar plot to the Charles Martin book, but is much better written, with more believable characters. It’s one I certainly would recommend.

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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Former Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.