Raw, relentless and heart-poundingly real, this book knocked me off my feet like a river in flood' Ruth Ware, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10
'A thought came to me that I couldn't force away: What we are wearing is how we'll be identified out in the wilderness.'
Win Allen doesn't want an adventure.
After a miserable divorce and the death of her beloved brother, she just wants to spend some time with her three best friends, far away from her soul-crushing job. But athletic, energetic Pia has other plans.
Plans for an adrenaline-raising, breath-taking, white-water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Five thousand square miles of remote countryside. Just mountains, rivers and fresh air.
No phone coverage. No people.
About the Author
Erica Ferencik is a Massachusetts-based novelist and screenwriter. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Boston University and has taught writing for years. Her essays have been featured in Salon, the Boston Globe and on National Public Radio.
Review by Sarah McDuling
Four Women versus The Wilderness in this action-packed and fast-paced survival thriller from Erica Ferencik.
Winifred is part of a close-knit group of four women who take a holiday together every year. This year, they plan to go white water rafting in the isolated wilderness of Maine. Winifred is more than a little reluctant about the idea, but doesn’t want her friends to think she’s a coward…
Of course the trip is fraught with disaster at every turn. The four women must contend with a barrage of dangers including wild animals, harsh terrain, unforgiving weather, and freak accidents - not to mention the very human threat posed by people living off the grid in the depths of the wilderness (cue the banjo music from Deliverance).
The best thing about this book is that the characters are so well drawn and intriguing. The main character, Winifred, is very sympathetic and vulnerable. Having recently suffered a tragic loss, her emotions are very raw. Plus, the intricate web of friendship and tension between the four women is very compelling.
The River at Night is an extremely intense read - the kind of book that will keep you up all night frantically flipping pages, reading as fast as you can because the plot moves so quickly from one hair-raising moment to the next. With its perfect blend of action, drama and suspense, this is definitely one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve read in ages!
“Raw, relentless and heart-poundingly real, this book knocked me off my feet like a river in flood” -- Ruth Ware, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10
“A visceral and pulse-pounding thrill ride of a novel, beautifully crafted with stunning descriptive writing that left me pining for the Maine wilderness in all its perilous beauty” -- Chris Ewan, no.1 bestselling author of Safe House
“A fantastic book … A brutal, tender story” -- T. R. Richmond, author of What She Left
“Ferencik's writing pulses with a dangerous energy akin to the river she depicts” -- Vicki Pettersson, New York Times bestselling author of Swerve
“Terrifying and wholly visceral, The River at Night will leave you gasping, your heart racing, eyes peering over your shoulder to see what follows from behind. Take a deep breath before you begin because it's the last you'll have until you're through” -- New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Mary Kubica