Bookish darlings, come closer and let me tell you about an upcoming book that I'm REALLY excited for. I may or may not actually have a copy of this that I'm reading right now. It may or may not be, thus far, absolutely stellar. Perhaps you'll find out tomorrow. Until then, stare in loving wonder at The River at Night, won't you?
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 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.
I can absolutely attest to the fact that this book is suspenseful. It's also kind of heartbreaking so far, which leads me to believe that I may need plenty of chocolate to finish this. We shall see. What I'm really saying is, add this to your TBR! It's definitely one to watch.
Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. Find out more on her website EricaFerencik.com and follow her on Twitter @EricaFerencik.