I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
Published by Gallery/Scout Press on January 10th 2017
Genres: Adventure, Thriller
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.
4.5/5 stars for this engrossing and utterly captivating thriller. I was a little nervous going in because it is a survival thriller but I was absolutely blown away by how the author combined adventure, thriller, and drama to keep me hooked the entire time I was reading.
A River at Night begins with Winifred, the main character, planning a white water river rafting trip with her three friends. If that doesn’t quite like your cup of tea, it isn’t Wini’s either. Pia, the adventurous one, persuaded her friends to go along with her crazy idea. The beginning of the book focused on allowing the reader to get to know the characters and their history with each other. The adventure through the Maine wilderness quickly morph into a wild, crazy ride that totally sucked me in.
The writing itself is beautiful and the pacing mirrors the rafting journey. There would be moments of calm and peace followed by an intensely emotional, fast-paced scene. What surprised me the most about this book is how character-driven it was. Watching how the situations affected the relationships between Wini and her friends was just as interesting as their attempts to stay alive in the woods.
I was continually surprised by the situations the women found themselves in and how they dealt with them. The earlier focus on character development allowed the characters to be relatable and made me truly care about what happened to them. Additionally, the author does a wonderful job exploring both the physical and psychological toll of their journey. I was thinking about this book and the characters long after I turned the last page.
While there are some negatives (there are some coincidences and events that seem a little unlikely), they didn’t really detract from my enjoyment of the book. If you decide to read this one, just hang on tight and enjoy the ride.