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.
Read My Book Review
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Mystery and Thriller
Unfortunately, nearly everything about this book fell flat for me. The characters, the plot, and the ending. It also felt like it was two books pushed into one with the way everything played out. In the beginning, literally the first 56% of the book, we are brought on an adventure where 4 friends are going on a white water rafting trip. And then something goes terribly wrong and their tour guide ends up dead. Now, had the author left the book like this and just had these women trying to figure out a way to survive until they could get back to civilization I would have liked it a bit more. However, the author decided to add some horror elements (or so they seemed to me) when they are suddenly stalked by two deranged lunatics from the backwoods of Maine. Seriously. Could it get any worse for these women? Anyway, this didn't work for me as a reader and made a story that would have been believable and thrilling (had the author stayed with first half of the plot) into something completely unbelievable and exhausting. So exhausting that I had to skip through the final half because I found it to be extremely unlikable.
Now, I don't want to appear too critical of this book because there are certain elements of the story that I found very appealing. For instance, the authors description of nature was spot on and the atmosphere throughout the whole book was foreboding which was ultimately fitting for the entire story. So I definitely want to give credit for that. But, other than the perfect use of descriptions I couldn't connect with the plot or characters.
Obviously, this book wasn't my cup of tea (which is pretty clear if you read this review). But I do feel like many readers will enjoy it (and by looking at the reviews, they do) so read it if it looks interesting to you! Don't let my review sway you one way or another, it's simply just my opinion.
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