The River at Night by Erica Ferencik


*Many thanks to the publishers for my review copy*

About the book:

‘A thought came to me that I couldn’t force away: What we are wearing is how we’ll be identified out in the wilderness.

Win Allen doesn’t want an adventure.

After a miserable divorce and the death of her beloved brother, she just wants to spend some time with her three best friends, far away from her soul-crushing job. But athletic, energetic Pia has other plans.

Plans for an adrenaline-raising, breath-taking, white-water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Five thousand square miles of remote countryside. Just mountains, rivers and fresh air.

No phone coverage. No people.

No help…

My thoughts:

As with most books lately, The River at Night is another book I had seen popping up on various social media sites so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on a review copy from Bloomsbury.

The River at Night is a pretty fast paced read with relatively short chapters. I always find that this makes me read a little faster, because one more chapter is never enough when they are short and punchy. In this case, they almost always ended with a question (not literally) and the reader has to keep turning the pages.

The author has done a spectacular job in capturing the wilderness in America. Desolate, menacing and untouched land essentially become the main character for a time, overtaken only by the ferocity of the river on which the female characters are to go rafting on.

I’m not going to lie, I found myself wanting while reading The River at Night. It was a little bit unbelievable in parts, and I know suspension of belief goes hand in hand with fiction, but sometimes it goes a bit too far. I just couldn’t see how the events in the book could actually happen, but maybe that’s just me.

Overall though, it was a gripping read for the most part. My favourite parts were the descriptions of the locations and the pictures painted by the author. Most especially in relation to the river. I could almost imagine the fine mist of water from the bone-crunching rapids, and hear the thundering as it meandered through the land.

While this one didn’t do it for me personally, I would still recommend The River at Night. I do believe its a decent thriller, and one that you could easily get lost in for a few hours!

Have you read it? Would you read it? Do let me know in the comments…

8 thoughts on “The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

  1. I just finished this over the weekend, I think I liked it more that you did:) I thought it was a pretty exciting thriller. I agree that the descriptions were so well written

  2. If have been reading good things about this book. In my head though I have every teen horror where kids take the wrong turn down a mountain road. It means I can’t decide if I want to read it. Great review.

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