Monday, January 9, 2017

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Summary from Good Reads:

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 Thoughts:

     Wini needs a life change.  She’s stuck in a dull routine, lonely, and scared of life.  What could be a better cure than a thrilling white water rafting trip for their annual girls’ weekend? She is scared to death but is going to be brave and go anyway…after some serious badgering from her friends.  Life has been a little rough on all four of them so a getaway seems just the ticket; if only things had gone as planned.
     This was definitely an exciting ride and a page-turner even though it did not go as I expected it to! Ms. Ferencik’s descriptions of the Maine wilderness were great; I could not only picture it perfectly but I almost felt like I could smell and feel the woods myself. 
     Two things bothered me about this story. One, you were past 40% into the story before the action really started and two, I was looking for more depth in regards to the friendship dynamics. Relationships between women are complex and in stressful times can be even more so.  I was hoping for more in depth talk about how the women and their relationships changed during and after this trauma. 
     This was a rather quick read and was rather entertaining although a bit odd at times, I enjoyed the ride! 3.5/5 stars

Release date: January 10, 2017

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