The River at Night

By Erica Ferencik

The River at Night by [Ferencik, Erica]

4 out of 5 stars

Wini Allen is ready for her vacation with her three best friends. Well, she is ready to spend time with them but not very sure about the trip her friend Pia has planned. They are going to be white water rafting in Maine, really off the beaten path. Pia is always planning these trips where they are doing crazy things. Wini has her own fears but pushes herself through to go with her friends. These four women are so different. Wini is dealing with the end of her marriage and the loss of her brother. Sandra is finally deciding to leave her abusive husband. Pia, I think anyway, is at loose ends with her job and with no real personal life. Rachel struggles with alcoholism and has been clean and sober for three years.. They get to Maine and find that this is the maiden voyage for their guide. It starts off rocky with Pia sleeping with Rory, the guide, the first night and the other women thinking maybe this isn’t what they really wanted. Once on the rapids, they are exhilarated and scared and then tragedy hits and they are left to struggle to find a way home. They stumble across a strange couple, a mother and son, who offer them a way out. But do they really? This is when the struggle to survive really hits into high gear.

I was on the edge of my seat towards the end with their race to get to safety. I felt I was actually on the water at times, it’s written that well. I was biting my nails! It reminded me a lot of the film The River Wild.  Perfect last line in many ways. I loved following Wini’s journey. She definitely came out the other end. I had a problem with Pia and how they all followed whatever she thought they should do on their trips. I get that someone is always in charge but it just felt a bit too much. This is a perfect read for someone who loves some excitement and a little fear in their books.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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