Map Monday #15

Hello and welcome to ‘Map Monday’. This was inspired by the current pandemic and lockdowns and the inability to travel. I will share one book each week with you that is set somewhere different to where I live. I’ll chat a bit about the book and throw some interesting facts out there about the place. I hope you enjoy travelling through books with me…

This week I’ve picked ‘Alone in the Woods’ from my NetGalley shelf written by Charly Cox; which is set in New Mexico.

Book Synopsis:

The sudden appearance of a man’s booted feet had Addis snapping her mouth shut. Screaming, she kicked out at the tall, muscular guy as he dragged her from beneath the desk…

It was a scene from a horror movie; Gabriel Kensington and his wife Lydia found, brutally slain in their luxurious home in New Mexico. The frantic, whispered phone call from their teenage daughter Addis, spending the evening with best friend Emerson, quickly alerts the authorities to the killings – and worse, that the killer is still inside the house. 

But when detective Alyssa Wyatt and the squad appear at the house, the unthinkable has happened – the girls are nowhere to be found. 

Waking up in a dilapidated cabin, nestled high in the woods north of Albuquerque, the girls find themselves at the mercy of a brutal stranger who could take their life at any moment. While they fight for survival, it’s up to Alyssa Wyatt and her partner Cord to discover just why the Kensingtons have been targeted – and fast. 

Because for Addis and Emerson, solving this mystery might just mean the difference between survival – or an unthinkable death…

Interesting Facts about New Mexico:

  • New Mexico is a state in the Southwestern United States; its capital is Santa Fe, which was founded in 1610
  • New Mexico is the 36th most populous state in the US
  • There are far more sheep and cattle than people.
  • Almost 50 wineries dot the landscape and many of the wines produced are award winning!
  • The state ranks first in alcohol-related deaths
  • The state produces more than 30 pounds of green chili. This is used in making of a taco. The state holds a world record for the largest taco ever made
  • Santa Fe was founded 10 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth
  • On July 16, 1945, the very first atomic bomb was detonated in the desert sands of the Jornada del Muerto in south-central New Mexico
  • About 75% of New Mexico’s roads are unpaved.
  • It’s home to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world
  • New Mexico has 7 national forests
  • White Sands National Monument is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white gypsum crystals
  • A third of the residents speak Spanish
  • In Las Cruces, it is against the law to carry a lunch box down Main Street.
  • Microsoft and Amazon were both founded in New Mexico

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