Book Review for The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

THE RIVER AT NIGHT by Erica Ferencik
Gallery/Scout Press
4 star rating

Be prepared to take a heart pounding and dramatic trip down the river with this book. The author has created a story that blends together emotion with action in a way that will keep you on invested in the characters’ journey as well as on the edge of your seat until the very end. At first, I have to admit that I was not sure about this book. However, after I hit midway, I was addicted.

There were two reasons why I kept reading. The first is the interactions between all of the characters. I will not give anything away, but there is more than just a group of girlfriends who will pique your interest. As the pages go by, more people come onto the scene and enrich the story. The second reason why I kept going is because the writing was fast paced. There really weren’t any slow areas which allowed the story to propel the reader into a world that will not only shock you, but keep you wanting more.

Audio Book Note: The narration of this book is right on point. I had read the book a while ago, so listening to Joy Osmanski truly brought to life the author’s words in a way that pulled me in all over again.

The River at Night by Erica FerencikPlot Summary:

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 by a stunning new voice in fiction.

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, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.

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About the book: Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio.

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