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Friday, June 28, 2019

REVIEW: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik @EricaFerencik @gallerybooks

The River at Night 
by Erica Ferencik


Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publish Date: August 1, 2017
320 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Adventure

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.

My Review:

Oh Ferencik - what ever are you doing to me?  I read Into the Jungle earlier this year and LOVED it so obviously had to pick up The River at Night.  First she has me in the jungle dealing with mother nature there and now I'm coughing up river water as I read this one.  While two totally different books, the way the author puts you right in the middle of all the action comes across with such force in both.

We have four girls who have been lifelong friends going on a rafting adventure.  Ferencik does this seamless job in showing the different dynamics of each girl and how they comes together as friends.  I go on vacation once a year with my two best girlfriends and we certainly have our own very different personalities so a lot of this really did resonate.  As we get to know these women, then tragedy strikes and now it's how they react and persevere and this is where the story truly takes off.  It's all just so HUMAN and yet utterly insane as well (in the best way).

Ufffff.  DEAN! If you read this book, let's please talk about Dean.  When Dean and Simone were introduced my mind went entirely in one direction just to be pulled back into a different one and at the end of the day, Dean is the character that made the most impact on me in this read.  Love or hate on any of these characters, the fact is you're going to FEEL. 

The way the author brings everything to life is truly amazing.  I can feel the rush of the river.  I can feel my heart start to race as my anxiety level rises. There are definitely some surprising scenes that made me gasp a couple of times and the author doesn't shy away from the intricate detail in some gory moments.  I'll be honest, I did like Into the Jungle a tad more but maybe it's because I read that one first? Either way, both are solid 5 star reads for me and I look forward to whatever else she will be bringing our way.


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