The River at Night
The author relies heavily on the seclusion of the setting, the middle of nowhere Maine, to incite fear and that’s fine in the beginning. It totally worked. There comes a point though were that’s no longer enough. Once the an ...more
This one does read like the female version of Deliverance in some ways, but I still enjoyed the heck out of it.
Four women have been friends for years, they usually try and meet for a yearly adventure that lead friend Pia comes up with. They never are the trips that most of them had rather take..like lying in a cabana while drinking margarittas. Pia comes across as a force of nature for the other women and the ...more
"There's nothing wrong with a little fear. Keeps you sharp."
But how does one measure and define that fear? Is it the fear of growing old within the clutches of a dull, mundane life? Or would it be the hollow fear that we've never actually left our mark on anything, anything at all, engraved with the essence of who we truly are?
When four friends take a vacation in rural Maine, they have no idea that the trip will change their lives forever. Against her instincts, Wini agrees to accompany her three friends on an adventurous trip to rural Maine where they plan to go whitewater rafting on a dangerous river. Although Wini hates nature and ...more
.....in Allagash wilderness in Maine.
Here I go again ..... ANOTHER RIVER BOOK in my space. This makes my 3rd recently.
I need to be careful not to start comparing. However....this is a VERY DIFFERENT type of 'river adventure' than David Vann's new novel, "Bright Air Black". Vann's book - gets the prize for darkness and complexity.
Both books require life preserve jackets....but "The River Night", has much more 'fluff' with the 'Deliveran ...more
A skeptical Winifred (Win) finally submits and accompanies three of her (young-middle-aged) longtime friends on a much needed weekend trip into the Maine wilderness for a little R&R white water rafting, and as you might suspect run into a bit of trouble beginning with the creepy dudes at the first stop.
(No dueling banjo's here, but there are a few similarities to DELIVERANCE throughout the novel.)
Anyway, as Win narrates, we...more
This book is nothing like I had imagined it would be like. I didn’t have any preset ideas, per se, but was surprised by the direction the story took the further along it went.
I loathe comparisons of any kind to other authors, books, movies, or television premises, but, I have to say, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the movie “Deliverance”, while I was reading this book, and I’m pretty sure other people have probably ma ...more
“Ladies? Your thoughts?”
“Perfect setting for the next Saw movie.”
I was going to come on here screaming WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE READING THIS?!?!?!?! and then I noticed it doesn’t come out until January. Whoops. When it comes out y’all should read it.
The combo of the title and the first couple lines of Shelby’s review had me hooked. It made me (and Shelby too as you can see from her review) think of one movie in particular . . .
The River at Night follows four friends who decide do something different this year for their annual girls’ trip. They are going to the wilderness of Maine for an adventure where they’ll hike, white water raft, ...more
The River of Night involves four women but is told singularly through the main character, Winnie, a recently divorced and middle-age woman who has a l ...more
Winifred, Pia, Sandra, and Rachel lead urban and suburban lives. They've been friends for decades, and each year. This year, the adventurous Pia has picked the locale, and the quartet is ...more
Pia Zanderlee is the leader of a quartet of lifelong friends, who every year commit to a vacation together. It is Pia’s turn to choose the vacation and the thriller seeker in her cannot help but be drawn to the adventure of a white ...more
When I finished reading: wow intense nice, weird antagonist, boring first half, doesn’t pull its punches about the ugliness of female friendships.
Tension: ★★ and ★★★★★, depending
The River at Night is one hell of an interesting read. I can't say I enjoyed most of it, but it definitely hooked me in and I read it in (mostly) one sitting. Equally frustrating and invigorating.
The main character, Win, is a woman who is quietly aging her way through medioc ...more
I liked the way the author took the time to set things up beautifully so that once we hit the rapids so to speak you are deeply involved with this little gang. You'll probably be randomly annoyed by one or all of them but the group dynamic is ...more
THE RIVER AT NIGHT follows a group of 4 middle-aged women as they embark on their annual girls trip. Winifred, our main character, is a rather timid and self-doubting woman. When one of her friends, Pia, suggests a white-water rafting trip for their annual getaway ...more
I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book more accurately labeled before, talk about a thriller! I did cut a small part out of the blurb as I think it shows a minor spoiler and all you really need to know is that Wini, Pia, Sandra and Rachel plan their annual girls trip and nothing goes according to plan.
Once the action starts it is nonstop and merciless, though it does take a little time to get there. I enjoyed the initial set up as it provided ...more
4 friends go on a rafting trip to an 'off the grid' river with a 20 something male guide. That's almost enough information to know that this is the perfect set up for suspense. It is a suspenseful novel with the river as an additional character with these novice rafters conjuring up their nerve and bravado to ride the river and camp in a damp, dark foerest in the ...more
The River at Night is a pretty fast paced read with relatively short chapters. I always find that this makes me read a little faster, because one more chapter is never enough when they are short and punchy. In this case, they almost always ended with a question (not literally) and the reader has to keep tu ...more
It also looks like Eli Roth is set to adapt this for the big screen. Yeah, that sounds about right. There's just enough "murderous hillbilly" and potential for torture por ...more
** Thank you to Goodreads for the opportunity to read this through their giveaway.
Ok, I admit it.....I absolutely enjoyed this! I couldn't put it down--I was riveted the whole time. I've seen people comparing this to Deliverance, I don't know anything about that, but instead this reminded me of The River Wild with Meryl Streep. Instead of a family though, you have 4 friends who find themselves in trouble. I thought this had enough action and suspense to keep me reading. I loved this s ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Women’s Fiction - Friends canoeing on a river in Maine with bad results. [s]||6||21||May 06, 2018 11:33PM|
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Oprah chose Erica Ferencik’s debut novel, The River at Night as a #1 Pick, calling the book “the page-turning novel you’ve been waiting for, a heart-pounding debut.” Entertainment Weekly named it a “Must Read,” and calls the novel “harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush.” Miramax has recently optioned the novel for a film.
Her new novel, Into the Jungle, one woman's terrifying journey of surviva ...more