by Erica Ferencik
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Just released: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Hardback: 304 pages
Early one morning in late March, Pia forced my hand.
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.
Not so interested in river rafting after reading this one. OR if I do, must do some research about the place and take some survival courses. And have back up plans for those "what if" moments.
This scary thriller takes you on a white water river rafting trip gone wrong - and then worse.
Friendship between women and issues when traveling together are explored as well.
* review copy courtesy of publisher
* part of Cloak & Dagger Challenge (here)