The River at Night

The River at Night

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A "raw, relentless, and heart-poundingly real" (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) thriller set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, The River at Night charts the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident.

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 and visceral prose, The River at Night "will leave you gasping, your heart racing, eyes peering over your shoulder to see what follows from behind" (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author). This is a dark exploration of creatures--both friend and foe--that you won't soon forget.
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, 2017.
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501143205
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 17, 2017

I'm a Ruth Ware fan love all her books and when recommended this book i had to give it a try and I'm glad i did.Looked for more books by Erica Ferenik but this is her first and i hope she has something in the works for us that will be coming out soon.The River at Night was a real page turner and it's been awhile since I've read a book i just can't put down.

DBRL_ANNEG Oct 13, 2017

This book follow a group of female friends who find themselves in a perilous, isolated situation. The story moves quickly and I genuinely could not put the book down once the women found themselves on the river. Readers who like a little action and a little terror will enjoy this fast-paced thriller.

Jun 26, 2017

Easy to read book, however, it's very predictable. As I read it I was constantly reminded of the movie "Deliverance" except instead of 4 men on a canoe trip in the middle of nowhere, the book has 4 women in the same situation. Maybe because I've seen "Deliverance", I felt this book was completely unoriginal and too predictable.

Jun 20, 2017

Thriller about an outdoor adventure that becomes a nightmare for four unsuspecting woman trying to "find themselves". Started off really well then veer off into a unrealistic plot line. Very disappointed in plot line and characters.

Apr 03, 2017

Really enjoyed this book, read it in a day, couldn't put it down - had to know what happened

Apr 02, 2017

Contrary to some of the other comments, I found this book to be a real page turner once it got going. Sure there were some this and thats, and oh how convenient things, but overall I give it a thumbs up.

Mar 29, 2017

By page 30. I was already annoyed by how inaccurately the protagonist's career was portrayed (I'm in the same industry). By page 75, I found every character either thoroughly unlikeable or uninteresting. Halfway through, the overwhelmingly unrealistic plot devices made me want to scream and then stop. But like a masochist, I made myself finish it. This book was shite.

Mar 08, 2017

This would be a good summer read. Moves fast.

Feb 28, 2017

Wonderfully fast paced, with a fantastic main character in Wini. Too bad the plot can't decide if it wants to DELIVERANCE or not; the boom would have been stronger had it kept its focus on the four women at its core.

Jan 22, 2017

I was looking forward to this book as it combines 2 of my favorite genres - outdoor adventure and survival. The beginning of this book was like a YA book of high school girls and I was a little disappointed. But after the rafting accident, it got a little better. Didn't have the intense feeling of fear and danger or depth of story that I was expecting, but it was entertaining. I read it in a day, so there was apparently enough content to keep my interest.


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