You know that feeling you get when you can’t wait to get back to reading a book? That was me with THE RIVER AT NIGHT. I have been in a bit of a rut with reading lately. This book got me excited about reading again. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next!
Wini needs a vacation. She recently lost her brother and her husband left her. She is hating her job and lonely in her single life. Once a year her three best friends from college take a break from their busy lives and reconnect on a vacation. This year they have planned an adventurous getaway in the Allagash wilderness in Maine hiking and water rafting. It is not Wini’s style but she resolves to go. When a freak accident leaves the four ladies stranded, they find themselves battling more than just the elements.
I was so excited whilst reading this story. I related to Wini and her friends on many levels. These women are middle aged and all living separate lives. This story only gives Wini’s POV, but we get to know all the girls really well. I loved their friendship, and Wini’s insecurity with them was so on point. Their fears, strengths, and motivations are all laid out in this fight for survival.
I have to talk about how well this was written. Not only is the story really fun to read, a real adventure, but the author is able to place the reader right there. I felt the fear from Wini at the prospect of being the weakest link. My muscles ached reading about the hikes, I could clearly fell the chill of the cold water, and I was awed by the beautiful scenery. This is just so well described. Once the three are confronted by others in the woods, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I had no idea where the author would take this story, and I was completely hooked and helpless to defend myself from the elements.
This book was everything I want in a thriller. With truly relateable characters, I could easily picture myself in such a predicament. There was real danger in the woods and the river itself was their worst fear and their only salvation. I highly recommend this to thriller fans looking for a truly unique adventure.
A January 2017 Indie Next Pick
A Bustle Most Anticipated Thriller Novel of 2017
An Entertainment Weekly “Must List” Pick
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.