Chloe Summers and Peyton Paddington are college girls who travel to Costa Rica for an adventurous trip to relax and think about their lives. They are looking forward to sunbathing, surfing and other fun activities. However, they are soon found dead, burnt in a mysterious fire that erupted at the property of a local palm oil company. Philip Millege is the detective hired by the company to investigate the deaths. His first suspicion is Ellis Hayden, a male ex-pat who was spotted with the girls on the night of the fire. However, a mysterious third party joins the chase turning the hunters into the hunted and creating a macabre scene of chaos and carnage.
The Path of the Tapir by Michael Jarvis is a story that goes well beyond the murder mystery of two free-spirited young girls and the investigation to uncover the reason behind their death. It ponders on more resounding issues like environmental despoliation and an intricate game that involves blame as well as grief. With deadly consequences awaiting the parties involved, the plot takes its readers through a rollercoaster ride of modern turmoil that occurs when certain people get involved with more elaborate agendas that they are unaware of. Yes, the plot is twisty and suspenseful, the characters sophisticated, and the writing stellar. The descriptive prose creates strong imagery and offers scenes that are focused while capturing details in the story that will fascinate readers. The author deftly weaves different elements into this tale of murder and mystery, with diverse characters and an enticing setting to keep readers enthralled from one page to the next exciting page.