The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The River at Night

Summary: A “raw, relentless, and heart-poundingly real” (Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author) thriller set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, The River at Night charts the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident.

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 and visceral prose, The River at Night “will leave you gasping, your heart racing, eyes peering over your shoulder to see what follows from behind” (Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author). This is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I was looking through my Kindle a few weeks ago, trying to decide what to read. Ever since I started sheltering at home- I’ve been trying something new with my reading- read a book months away from being published, read one that is recently published and read one that published a year or so ago. Trying to get my Netgalley stats in order 🙂

I remember being interested in this book when a NG widget was sent to me, but for whatever reason, I did not read it.

And you know? I kinda wish I hadn’t read it now.


Ok first- I have never watched Deliverance. I mean I got the main points of the movie- so when the ladies are going upstate- I’m kinda wondering if this isn’t a female version of Deliverance. Which makes me feel like ugh.

Then, these friends. Well, listen- I know friends from college and stuff are supposed to be like the tightest of bonds- but I still could never really figure out why these people were friends.

Also: Just a note- There is NOTHING wrong with going to a beach, sitting in a relaxing chair and drinking all the umbrella drinks you can handle. You don’t have to have every vacation be some kind of Iron Woman challenge. Also: If any of my friends ever asked me to go on a white water rafting trip- The River at Night would be example 1 why it’s not a good idea. Deliverance would be example 2.

What I liked:

The cover.


Bottom line: For me, this book just never got to where it was going in a good way. I mean, yes, there were a couple gaspy scenes- but it just didn’t save it for me. 2 stars on Goodreads. Hard pass.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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