Publication Date: 12th January from Bloomsbury Raven
Source: Review Copy
‘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.
I raced through this one it was a really rocking read – my geekish love of horror movies came into play here and added to that it had the female friendship vibe on acid – seriously if you are lost in the wild you soon find out what people are really made of!
I liked the way the author took the time to set things up beautifully so that once we hit the rapids so to speak you are deeply involved with this little gang. You’ll probably be randomly annoyed by one or all of them but the group dynamic is well realised and compelling.
Then we are on a rollercoaster ride of sheer exhilaration, Erica Ferencik really uses some beautiful descriptive prose to put you right there in the wilds, you can feel and see it all unfolding. Then there is the fact that this is a bit female Deliverance, with a genuine edginess to the storytelling that keeps you gripped. I refer you back to my horror movie comment – think “Wrong Turn” with a river running through it and the occasional unexpected Samuel L Jackson moment (movie fans will get me)
Overall The River at Night is a fast, fun, strangely endearing reading experience that has an undeniable film feel – one I enjoyed thoroughly and made me huddle further under my duvet, I’m fairly sure I’m never going camping…
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