The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

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*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

      1. That’s hard, I’ve went through reading slumps that I thought wouldn’t end and it does kind of cloud all books you pick up. Hopefully the new year will bring your mojo back

  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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