Arcadia joins a weekend road trip with two handsome cousins she’s just met. But one or both may be hiding a troubling secret.
Following her mother’s death, Arcadia has become the surrogate parent to her younger brother, and she’s ready for a well-deserved break. On the way to a party in a campground she spies hot stranger Matt in the parking lot, and she spontaneously invites him along. Soon Matt’s kissing her friend Lindsey, a situation Arcadia accepts when she finds herself swept into an intense sexual attraction with Matt’s cousin Noah. His handsome but scarred face suggests a troubled youth, and he admits to past violent incidents. However, Noah also thoughtfully listens to Arcadia in a way that no one has in a long time, making his invitation that she and Lindsey join the cousins’ road trip irresistible. Even when Lindsey backs out via text message, Arcadia still grabs a backpack and heads out for adventure but forgets her phone charger (cue the horror-movie music). Arcadia is quickly surrounded by obvious warning signs that the cousin(s) cannot be trusted—from a psychic’s warning to the discovery of Lindsey’s body back at home—and yet she heads further into the wilderness with them. A deadly confrontation feels inevitable.
It may be occasionally implausible, but the great pacing makes this a suspenseful romantic thriller. (Thriller. 13-18)