Shortest Summary Ever: 4 friends in their 40’s acquiesce to the pleadings of their girl-pack leader (the pretty one, of course) and embark on an Outward Bound-like white water rafting trip in Maine. Bad stuff goes down. That’s pretty much the basics.
What’s good under the hood: The dynamic of the friendships between the girls is massively relatable. I could easily picture my college gal-pal crew on an adventure like this, though regrettably, while I’m not the pretty one, an adventure like this sounds like one of my classic hair-brained ideas. Sorry girls. The bickering and grievances between the girls is dead-on; heck who hasn’t had sister-like tiffs with their friends? This made me giggle as I could easily swap the book characters with my crew.
The River is a quick read, compact and would be a great audio book for in the car (unless you’re on your way to a white water rafting trip). Sharply paced. Direct. Edge-of-your-seat moments though not too scary (again, unless you’re about to go white water rafting). Definitely worth the read.
Highly recommended to: adventure seekers, female readers with a tight group of friends (book would 80% appeal to women I believe), those who like outdoor adventure or dream of it, those who want a quick escape book.
What’s bad or made me mad: I actually wanted more. Not quite Deliverance more (that movie scarred me for life), but I wanted to be more terrified. The problem was I accidentally read a review that compared the book to Deliverance. I HATE that because I believe that’s what set my expectation level and that made me think the absolute worst, so what ensued wasn’t well.. that bad. I think the problem is that terror level would require a longer book which many authors (ok publishers) seem to avoid but I prefer intense and riveting more than quick and efficient. This book could have ruined my white-water rafting goals for life.
A huge thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for an advanced copy in exchange for this review.