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 15-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 saviours, 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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Pretty good, certainly different.
Yes, it is a good read/listen.
I notice between here and Amazon, this book attracts mixed reviews of the Marmite kind. People either love it or hate it. Myself, I found it a solid 3* read. It's a good tale. It certainly held my attention and I always wanted to know what happened next. It is perhaps one of those rare stories that would be even more compelling on screen rather than in print. Some reviewers have said that the tale is implausible and that they were required to suspend disbelief just too much. To that I say, they have obviously never encountered the back country in America. It is full of the weird! Another criticism is of the central characters, that they are all dislikeable. This book depicts women coping with days of struggling in a life threatening situation. It seems to me that their reactions were entirely predictable and reasonable.
- Ann D
Gets the award for Worst Book Ever!
- My Distracted Universe