If a murder takes place in a forest, does it make a sound? Appalachian Trail hiker Julie Greene hopes she doesn't find out in my new psychological thriller, WHITE HOUSE LANDING.
After graduating from college, Julie Greene and Joshua Towne are hiking the A.T. as a prelude to their wedding. While making their way across Maine's Hundred Mile Wilderness, they find a stranger's journal inside a shelter. The couple decides to take the diary with them, not knowing it is the sole companion of the forest's most dangerous inhabitant. The owner of the journal is a savage recluse, a wild man who has turned his back on society. In the woods people rarely cross his path, but when they do, he recounts the violent results in his diary. If these confessions were to leave the forest, he knows his solitary life would come to an end.
When the wild man discovers his journal is missing, he begins to stalk Julie and Josh. He follows them for twenty-four hours, attacking them and setting traps along the trail. They realize they must escape at the next river crossing or spend another night in the forest without shelter. The final showdown at White House Landing determines whether the couple survives or suffers an agonizing end.
You're giving a rundown of plot rather than a reason to read it. And remember, the idea that the couple suffers an agonizing end is rather appealing when you're reading the slush pile. In a query letter, I'm not emotionally invested in whether they survive unless you've given me a hint they are..yanno...poodle lovers or something.
Besides, being stalked by a feral stranger who just happens to leave his journal in a shelter along the Appalachian Trail requires more suspension of disbelief than my hammock can handle.