The River at Night by Erica Ferencik


An intense story about a group of older women who have been friends forever that decide the best way to heal from each of their own wounds is to take an epic white water rafting adventure down an unpopulated river route in Maine. Of course, nothing ends up as simple as that and the friends are each tested at some point of the adventure, bringing the question of what you would do in a life or death situation to light. 

This was actually a fun, rollercoaster type story to read! I finished it quickly, in just two days, and had a hard time putting it down. I was anxious to find out what was going to happen to the girls and kept putting myself in their shoes. Scary! 

I did feel that the main character, Winifred, was given quite a few "deep, thoughtful" moments that didn't really jive with the rest of the writing or story. They seemed more than a little out of place given the nature of the story and the events taking place. 

All in all, this was a great thriller and left me wondering multiple times what could possibly happen to these women next, or how they were ever going to make it home. For sure, there will be no white water rafting adventures with friends in my future. We'll stick with trips to the local winery! 

304 pages
Published by Gallery Books 


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