Margo Fletcher, eight months pregnant, is traveling by train from Chicago to Spokane, her childhood home. While passing through an isolated portion of the Rockies in blizzard conditions, the train unexpectedly brakes. Up ahead, deadly snow from a massive avalanche plummets down the mountain. Despite the conductor's order for the passengers to stay seated, former Army Ranger Nick Eliot insists that survival depends on moving to the back of the train. Only Margo believes him. They take refuge in the last train car, which Nick heroically uncouples in time to avoid the avalanche. The rest of the train is hurled down the mountainside and is soon lost forever in a blanket of snow. Margo and Nick, the sole survivors, are stranded in the snowstorm without food, water, or heat. Rescuers might not arrive for days.
When the weather turns violent again, the pair must flee the shelter of the passenger car and run for their lives into the wilderness. They must fend off the deadly cold as well as predatory wild animals foraging for food. Eventually, Nick leads Margo to shelter in a watchtower atop a mountain. There, we learn that both Margo and Nick have secrets that have brought them together and threaten to destroy them.
Cover Your Tracks is a chilling story of love and hate, the devastating power of nature, and the will to survive.
PRAISE FOR COVER YOUR TRACKS & DACO S. AUFFENORDE
“If you enjoy survival stories as well as psychological thrillers, then you will want to add this book to your reading list. It was hard to put down and I didn’t really want it to end. I think you’ll feel the same.”
―Manhattan Book Review
“Sensational– new, fresh, suspenseful, and lead character Margo Fletcher is to die for. I loved this book.”
– Lee Child
“Fast, slick, brimming with tension--Daco Auffenorde know how to ramp up the suspense with this terrific new thriller. Loved it!"
–Glenn Meade, international bestselling author of Unquiet Ghosts
"Well-crafted action sequences keep up the energy and tension. Thriller fans will want to see more from Auffenorde."
”Cover Your Tracks is exactly what a thriller should be. A fast-paced plot, great characters, and tightly-wound suspense create a story that will linger long after you turn the final page. Highly recommended."
– D.P. Lyle, bestselling author of the Jake Longly Series
“Emotionally resonant, provocative, timely—this unique thriller will linger in your thoughts long after the final page. Auffenorde brilliantly captures the extreme lengths a mother will go to for her child. In Cover Your Tracks, you’ll be snow-blinded in the deep wilderness where the one person who can get you out is also your enemy. Sensational.”
—K.J. Howe, International Bestselling Author of Skyjack
“Daco S. Auffenorde‘s thrilling Cover Your Tracks unspools a relentless crescendo of menace and doubt. A chilling tale of damaged souls, iron wills, and dark obsession. Two strangers—a resourceful ex-soldier and a pregnant doctor—must trust each other to reach safety after their train is swept down a remote mountain by an avalanche. Survival as a team sport.”
—James W. Ziskin, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone Mysteries
Daco Auffenorde was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntsville, Alabama--also known as Rocket City for its role in building the rocket that took astronauts into space--Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Alabama Writers' Forum, Authors Guild, and Alabama State Bar.