Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review: The River at Night

Title: The River at Night
Author: Erica Ferencik
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Year published: 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
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 invigoration 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.

My thoughts:
This book is absolutely brilliant. This will be a short review, as I recommend knowing as little as possible when you are starting this book. 

The characters are relatable and flawed, and you connect with them all. The writing draws you into the story, and it feels like you are a actually there, with the characters. I flew through this book one sitting, I was not able to put it down. I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to thrillers, but after reading this I want to read a lot more.

This is a book I will definitely be giving away as presents this year, because I want a lot of other people to read it as well. If you think this sounds interesting, even though you're not the biggest fan of thrillers, you should give this a try. I am so happy I read this, and I want to read more from Erica Ferencik in the future.

Buy this book?
Amazon (US)
Amazon (UK)
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AdLibris (Norway)

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