Review: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night slowly builds a tense, page-turning plight which wildly unravels for four friends on an annual girl’s trip. As these long-time friends embark on a white water rafting adventure that promises unforgettable thrills, none can imagine what awaits.

Relationships strain and shred to pieces as wills and nerves get tested. Long-buried secrets and resentments come to light. And in the face of true fear, they are forced to rely on each other if they are going to survive.

This was a solid read, but the beginning felt a little slow—enough so that it took me days to get through what should take hours. Once the narrative hit its stride, it had my attention with some shocking turns that kept the momentum going. The seclusion and reality of their predicament evokes tension and suspense, but sadly, I wanted more. A plot twist, perhaps accomplished through multiple perspectives, or more of the action-packed scenes with a faster paced beginning.

About The River at Night

Jan-10

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.

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