The River at Night

About The River at Night:

Winifred Allen needs a vacation. 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.

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, 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.


Overall: I would rate this book between 3 stars and 4 stars. I didn’t hate it yet it was a bit less than I was expecting.

The Good:

I found the The River at Night to be a slow-building enjoyable read. In the book four long-time friends embark on a white water rafting adventure that promises unforgettable thrills, none can imagine what awaits. Though the story slowly builds, once the action starts it holds your interest until the very end with some shocking turns that kept the momentum going.

The Bad:

The story really did not build fast enough in the first half of the book and I had to stay very committed to keep reading through that section. Also, I kept looking for ways that the events in the first half of the book would tie into the action packed second half of the book but found few. Though the second half of the book picks up on the action, still there could have been more plot twists in the second half. I found myself practically anticipating many of the events that took place.

The River at Night


Note: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.