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.
“One of the best thriller novels of 2017.”
– #1 Pick, Bustle.com
“A heart-pounding debut novel…a ripsnorting survival tale bolstered by Ferencik’s writing, which captures both the beauty and danger of the wild.”
– #1 Pick, Oprah.com
“If it were a movie (which it’s likely to be), Ferencik’s nail-biting tale—about a rafting trip gone wrong—would be “The Descent” meets “The River Wild.” But for now, her literary thrill ride is shooting off the page…Harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush”
— Entertainment Weekly; EW also puts “The River at Night” on their January “Must” List!
“A gal-pal vacation goes over the falls and into hell. You won’t put it down.”
“An adrenaline rush of a novel…”
“Raw, relentless and heart-poundingly real, this book knocked me off my feet like a river in spate.”
—New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware