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A high-stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

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 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, 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.

©2017 Erica Renee Ferencik. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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The River at Night

Amazing! Well written suspense, fast paced thrill ride!! The narration was simply wonderful. Praise to author and narrator!! Thank you

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The river at night

Excellent story, character studies and narration. Would recommend to anyone who wants a thrilling and adventurous read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great storytelling meets a great performance

After a couple of chapters I was completely hooked, taken on a wild ride of friendship and adventure. I loved the way nature in this book seemed to be it's own character, with its own mercurial personality. But the true star of the narrative was the sharp edged plot, the deep female friendships, the honesty and integrity of the dialogue. A must listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Riveting!

I just couldn't stop listening to this book! I often listen when I go to bed, and set the sleep timer. With this book, I had to keep restarting it.... I'm not sure I slept at all, at least not until after the last chapter was read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JACK
  • RENO, NEVADA, United States
  • 02-06-17

wild ride

4 women river rafting. Doesnt go well. Kept me entertained at every twist of the river. Good listen, not what I expect which is a nice surprise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An adventure gone very wrong!

This is a story of four women who take off on a river trip adventure to spend time together and get away from it all. All four women have baggage, but Wini seems the most timid and fearful of the bunch. When things go wrong, will she be able to step up and do what must be done? This is a great adventure/survival story set in the wilderness beside a raging river. It is a page turner most of the way, and I will definitely be looking for more novels by this new writer. If I have a criticism, I would say that the "bad people" did not seem scary enough, certainly not as scary as Mother Nature.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I love a good survival of the fittest story.

Women on an adventure, over the river and through the woods. The storyline kept me guessing.

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This is not a thriller.

I'm about 5 hours in and still waiting for something, anything to happen. Four friends who don't seem to really like each other and a protagonist who is afraid of her own shadow go white river rafting far from civilization? If these women where real people they would not go camping and rafting. Maybe they would head to a yoga retreat but rafting in Maine? Please. They all get pissy when one of them hooks up with their guide the first night and act like the entire trip is a catastrophe because of it...even though they've supposedly been friend for years. Did I mention the hours of listening to nothing happen? Every sentence seems to needs multiple adjectives and descriptions of the characters hair. I've heard about each of the woman's hair more then once and even a dead dogs hair has made its way into the story. I hate these woman and can't imagine any of them being fun to be around much less taking a yearly vacation together. I keep waiting for the "thriller" to start but instead just get annoyed at the characters. So far raccoons are the most danger to make an appearance. Raccoons and bitchy women. Fun times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good thriller if you've never seen any thriller

EW reviewed this book and compared it to the river wild and the descent. Liking both of those movies, I wanted to read/listen to this book. So I was disappointed with this book, only because I had expectations of the comparison, when it is in fact more like the river wild and wrong turn(ish).

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Not Deliverance but it is a good read

A bit short on the suspense but otherwise a good plot that keeps your interest

1 of 1 people found this review helpful