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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.
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By Laurie on 04-09-17
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.
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