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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By Ann D on 05-02-2017
Pretty good, certainly different.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Yes, it is a good read/listen.
Any additional comments?
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.
By My Distracted Universe on 20-01-2017
Gets the award for Worst Book Ever!
The River at NightThe River at Night by Erica Ferencik
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
The award for the worst book ever goes to The River At Night! Never have I come across a book with so thoroughly unlikeable characters.
When I first read the description of the story I was excited. The subject was right up my alley. Four girls go into the the wild and find out that there is more lurking in the forest that they had bargained for. I pre-ordered the title and as soon as I received the email that the book was finally released I downloaded it. (Un)luckily I had finished my current read earlier that day and was able to start right away.
If only I had known then what I know now!
Let me start with saying something nice. I really like the idea of the book. Being an outdoorsy person myself I was looking forward to reading about the mishaps a group of city girlfriends could encounter in the big unknown, the wilderness of Maine.
Maine equals Stephen King, so I even expected some unsavoury characters or otherwise unpleasant situations.
What I did not expect was the sheer idiocy of our heroes, who are without the shadow of a doubt the most dislikable bunch of characters ever. Both of these facts distracted me that much from the story itself that it became less than not in the least enjoyable.
In a nutshell Winnie, the ninny, goes on a hiking and white water rafting trip with her three besties. She is afraid of her own shadows and has phobias a mile long, not the least of them is the fear of stepping on grass barefoot. Someone bubble wrap her please and put her in a sterile room.
Sandra, the angel, trapped in an abusive marriage, is finally gathering up the courage to kick himself in the butt. She is only one that resembles a normal person amongst the bunch. However why she would want to put up with any of the others - someone needs to explain that to me please.
Pia, sounds a bit like an executive type biatch, who is used to walking all over people. Miss Pia has gotten comfy in her role of providing her own personal brand of guidance to her friends. She is the de facto leader of the group. Like sheep the others follow here bravely where no man has been before.
And then we have the recovered alcoholic Rachel, an ER nurse. She becomes more and more unhinged as we proceed through the story. Seriously? What did Erica Ferencik think when she created that character? This is wrong on so many levels.
Why you would want to be friends with any one them at the begin of the book is truly beyond me. How any one them still can be friends at the end defies any human logic.
As it is - they all deserve each other.
What I did not deserve though is to be treated to so much nonsense. I’m very sorry, I really hat bashing people’s efforts. But The River At Night has to be the worst book I ever read. I’m not even going to go into the story itself, because it really is not worth reading.
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