Author: Erica Ferencik
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.
Winifred Allen needs a vacation.
Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.
What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.
With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.
Review: Do you know the feeling of the river’s swell against your body, even when you’ve been out of it for hours? Chafed the skin under your arms and thighs on the inner tube? Felt the panic when the river separated you from your family or friends, taking you on a separate current, leaving you falling behind? Then get ready and pack your Dramamine because this story’s going to take you on a sick ride.
Even in the beginning, our narrator Wini’s account of the group dynamics and the planned trip gave me a bad feeling. Even her gut instinct kept telling her to bail. However, their friend Pia was like a mystical pied piper, luring Wini, Rachel, and Sandra into following her even when they all doubted her. It was like riding a rollercoaster of fear and pride because no one wanted to be the one to turn down her down. It was like she bullied them into accepting a dare.
Just like my friend Liz says: “You know if you don’t come we’ll talk about you.”
Their ramshackle accommodations and Pia’s increasing infatuation with their twenty-year-old guide Rory was irritating. But things quickly got worse, and before they knew it, they were fighting the river and the elements just to get out alive. There are worse things out there in the beautiful Maine wilderness than bears.
A fast-paced explosive read that will leave you feeling like you were in the storm with them. Great book! Thanks