Three men are going on the vacation of lifetime in the Swiss Alps, when it’s revealed that one of the men might be involved in some shady business practices. After a deadly avalanche, questions arise about one of the men’s motives, and if he’s really as innocent as he seems.
Guilt begins as a nice take on the middle-aged man adventure – men who are devoted to their families and careers, but the chances for adventure are fewer and farther between. However, things take a surprisingly dark turn, so the book isn’t a by-rote tale of middle-aged bonding, as the book skirts the edge of crime fiction.
Some of the descriptions of characters are a bit simple without digging too deep into just what makes each character tick, beyond checkboxes about what each character represents. The same can also be said of setting, which is a missed opportunity in a book about mountain climbing. Of course, this is a novella, so Perry doesn’t dive too much into the details, but it does feel in places like the book could have been fleshed out into a longer work.
However, it does make for a quick read that never slows in pace, and one becomes glued to the plot as it speeds along. Overall, Guilt is a fast-paced and engaging novella with an intriguingly dramatic twist that will take readers entirely by surprise.