After finishing American Psycho, I was keen to read something that would offer a sense of escapism – and a great deal less gore than I had become accustomed to while reading Brett Eaton Ellis’s most notorious tale.
And so, for my next story I chose The River at Night; American writer Erica Ferencik’s debut novel. Wini, Pia, Sandra and Rachael – friends for over fifteen years – have been there for each other through life’s trials and tribulations and when Wini suggests they journey across the Maine wilderness for a weekend of bonding, hiking and white-water rafting, they soon pack up and ready themselves for the adventure ahead. Fate, however, has a more testing time in store for them than any of the women could have imagined, and, after narrowly surviving a white-water rafting accident, they find themselves lost and alone in the depth of the American outback.
A compelling tale from the very start, The River at Night is a page-turning thriller that offers its reader a slice of escapism from the banalities of every day life.