I was, quite honestly, thrilled to get this book for review. And I was not in the least bit disappointed at all. Missing in Machu Picchu is a novel that mixes in the mystery of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, along with four women who are at times friendly and at times very snarky with each other. Add in the requisite bad boy who in not what he seems, and two native women who also are not what they seem, and you have a novel that is, in part, almost a chick lit story, with a mystical twist set in one of the most gloriously mysterious places in the world. All in all it was a fun and twisted adventure that was very difficult to put down, and I have no doubt in my mind that readers everywhere will agree.
Four friends in desperate need of a vacation set off on the adventure of a lifetime. Hilary, Gabby, Tiffany and Mercy head down to South America to take on the Inca Trail and hike up to Machu Picchu with the help of a mysterious man named Rodrigo who agrees to lead them up there….for a price. What the ladies don’t expect is the fact that Rodrigo is, in a word, gorgeous. What they don’t know is that he’s up to far more than he’s let on to any of them. As Rodrigo leads the four women off into the unknown, two Inca wise women know what he’s up to and will do their upmost to try and stop him, along with a mysterious French woman who was also wronged by Rodrigo in the past. Can the four women be saved, or will they too fall victim to Rodrigo’s schemes?
High in the Andes Mountains on the legendary Inca Trail, four thirty-something professional women embark on an Ivy League hike to help them confront their online dating dependency, only to find themselves victims of a predator's ruse, and soon in a fight for their very lives. The women are eager to leave relationships behind for a while, but their intent to cast off their search for a soul mate falls by the wayside when handsome, magnetic Rodrigo, their hike leader, proves too mesmerizing to resist. Friend is pitted against friend as the women vie for Rodrigo's attentions. Rodrigo manipulates them into participating in a heinous ancient sacrifice that will guarantee the success of his megalomaniacal dreams. But unbeknownst to the hikers, they have been under the vigilant presence of Taki and Koyam, two elderly indigenous women who understand the danger the women are facing at the hands of Rodrigo.